Coastrunner EV, an electric beach car that will replace the Citroën e-Mehari

Coastrunner EV

After the famous Roadyacht, the Dutch team Savage Rivale changes course. It’s still open, but we’re going from a V8 supercar to an electric beach car…

Savage Rivale design studio mainly specializes in luxury villas or yachts. Their first car adventure was memorable. The Savage Rivale Roadyacht GTS is designed to combine supercar performance with a Chevrolet Corvette V8, 4 seats for family adventures, 4 scissor doors for easier access than a coupe but spectacular, all open but with a retractable hard and glazed roof. A kind of rolling concept car, of which only 5 examples were produced, and the release of an electric version is planned in Japan at GLM.

The team of the Dutch studio does not give up its ambitions in the automotive sector and has announced its new car, the first prototype of which has just been produced. The Coastrunner is an electric beach car that doesn’t at all seek to play off the retro vibe often associated with this type of vehicle, which hasn’t really existed since the days of the Mehari, the Mini Moke or the Fiat 500 Jolly. For less money, it would be easy to imagine a small, spicy sedan on the same base.

This Coastrunner complies with the rules of this type of vehicle: a completely open cabin, not afraid of bad weather, no doors… Of course, we forget about the characteristics of a supercar with a 52 kW engine. But since the weight is only 800 kg, it is worth traveling along coastal roads. The track is not his destination, the speed limit is 120 km/h, and that should not worry anyone. A battery with a capacity of 20 kWh should provide a range of 180 km. There’s not much here, either, but it’s not exactly a car designed for long trips.

The only problem is the price… Who says beach car doesn’t necessarily mean budget and the official photos set the tone. A 60 liter bar for storing bottles of champagne in the fridge is also a good tip. The price is indeed announced at 36,000 euros, excluding options … So we should see this Coastrunner more often in St. Tropez, Monaco, Ibiza or Marbella than in Zandvoort, Cap Blanc Ney or Pointe Saint- Mathieu…

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