Rezvani introduces Ariel Atom-based Beast [video]

Built in California, the Beast starts at $165,000.

California-based boutique automaker Rezvani Motors has introduced the Beast, a convertible supercar based on the track-focused Ariel Atom 3.

There are very few visual connections between the Beast and the Ariel Atom 3 because Rezvani has tacked on a full body made out of carbon fiber. Interestingly, a handful of parts including the door mirrors and the light casings are made using 3D-printing techniques. A windshield is available as an extra-cost option, but the Beast does not appear to come with a top.

Inside, the Beast is fitted with seats crafted out of bare carbon fiber, a carbon fiber steering wheel that weighs just 300 grams and a digital instrument cluster. The infotainment system is compatible with Apple CarPlay.

Power for the Beast comes from a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that uses both a turbocharger and a supercharger to generate 500 horsepower. The four-banger spins the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission, but a six-speed sequential gearbox controlled by shift paddles can be ordered at an extra cost.

In its fastest configuration, the 1,650-pound Beast can reach 60 mph from a stop in 2.7 seconds - faster than any Porsche 911 currently available - and it can go on to a top speed of 165 mph.

Hand-built in Southern California, the Rezvani Beast is on sale now with a base price that lies in the vicinity of $165,000. The company has not revealed how many examples it plans on building, though it warns that turning an Ariel Atom 3 into a Beast can take anywhere between eight and 12 weeks.

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