Ferris Rezvani, the man behind the botched attempt to re-cloth the Lotus Evora as the Bulleta, has managed to pull through and create a car named the Rezvani Beast.
A little over a year after announcing the project last May, Rezvani Motors released the Beast today and has started accepting orders for the sports car that’s built on the Ariel Atom.
The California-based company said prices start at $165,000, which compares to $64,500 for the 230hp Atom, $89,750 for the 365hp Atom 3S and $53,750 for the RaceAtom. We’ll just throw it out there, but that’s also nearly $35,000 more than a Porsche 911 GT3 and just $10k less than a 911 GT3 RS…
Rezvani says that “current build estimates are between 8-12 weeks” and just so you don’t go into vaporware mode, the company adds that the “Beast is currently available for public viewing at our showroom: 2920 Red Hill Ave, Costa Mesa, CA., 92626”.
Essentially, the Beast is an Ariel Atom dressed with an admittedly sweet-looking carbon fiber body designed by Samir Sadikhov, which looks like a mix between the Italdesign Parcour Concept (front) and a Lamborghini (rear), and an aggressively tuned version of the car’s Honda Civic Si-sourced 2.4-liter four-cylinder with a supercharger and turbocharger combo delivering 500hp to the rear wheels.
The Beast reportedly weighs in at just 1,650 pounds (748kg), or 300 pounds (136 kg) more than the donor car, the 230hp Atom that is made on a carbon steel chassis. According to Rezvani, the open-top Beast hits 60mph (96km/h) from standstill in 2.7 seconds and the brave at heart can push it to a top speed of 165mph (266km/h).
The maker also dropped a Dark Knight-sounding video-promo of the Beast, which you can watch below.