First Drive: Rezvani BeastCoachbuilding is back?

You don’t hear about coachbuilt cars anymore. Back in the day, you used to pick a chassis or platform, and then you’d bring it to the company you’d want building the body for it. It still happens, but it’s quite rare and often quite expensive.
Ferris Rezvani wants to alter that a little bit. His latest creation is called the Beast and at $140-$150,000 it’s still expensive. Considering what you’re getting, however, maybe it’s a bit of a deal. It’s certainly a return to the day good ole days of coachbuilding passed…

Underneath that carbon fiber body sit an Ariel Atom 3. For those who don’t know, this is basically a Rotrex-supercharged Honda K24 engine surrounded by a tube chassis and six-speed manual gearbox. Rezvani takes this platform and builds upon it. There’s a body added, along with a dashboard and Apple Car Play by way of an Alpine head unit.
What’s not added? Power steering, power brakes, or traction control. Oh baby they like it raw.
And so do we…
This is the 300 horsepower version, and it’s quite entertaining. There’s a 500-horsepower variant that Rezvani already told us we can drive and from there Rezvani plans on adding a 700-horsepower Beast X. After that there are many body styles that Ferris Rezvani would like to bring to life, and he plans to do so on a variety of platforms. This means everything from a Beast Coupe up to a militaristic SUV.
We’re onboard to drive all of them and report back. For now though, take in the Beast drive in the video above.

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  1. Batshitbox Avatar

    The Ariel makes perfect sense for this application since it’s barely above a running chassis to start with. I think that’s what slowed the interest in coach built cars, the manufacturers stopped supplying bare chassis, except in the heavy duty truck market.
    I wonder if you can still get a Bentley or a Roller delivered to the coach builder of your choice. In the old days you got to keep the R-R or Pierce Arrow or what have you name plate and get custom bodywork, too.

  2. Rust-MyEnemy Avatar

    Not quite sure I understand the point of this. Nice as it is….
    Take an Ariel Atom, a vehicle designed to be as minimalist, as essential as possible, add a bunch of bodywork that it was never supposed to have, and still don’t give it a roof.
    Surely The Beast would be just as much of A Beast if it was still an Ariel Atom?

  3. Bradley Brownell Avatar
    Bradley Brownell

    I love everything about the car… Except for the floor mats that say “Beast”. The font looks cheap.
    Is there any way to get this car without the supercharger? I don’t want 300 horsepower (not that I have 6 figures to throw at a car anyway…).

  4. Bradley Brownell Avatar
    Bradley Brownell

    Jeff @ 7:41 = This video…

  5. CraigSu Avatar

    So, the price range you quote includes the cost of the Atom? If so, then that gives it more bang for the buck. I’d love to see what they would do with a Mazda MX-5 platform in a coupe body, especially if they used the Acura jewel headlamps. It would probably resemble the next NSX (and probably beat it to market as well). And I’d be okay with them adding a supercharger to it, too.

    1. Jeff Glucker Avatar
      Jeff Glucker

      It does include the Atom, yes