Volkswagen's ID. Buggy concept shows off the wide variety of custom vehicles that can be built on the MEB platform.
Volkswagen of America, Inc. has announced that the ID. Buggy concept will appear at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance during Monterey Car Week. Since its world debut at the Geneva International Motor Show in March, the ID. Buggy has created buzz about the future possibilities for this electric dune buggy.
Volkswagen's MEB chassis allows for a world of possibilities for custom vehicle production, just as the original Meyers Manx kit did Drawing inspiration from the classic dune buggies of the 60s, the ID. Buggy shows the versatility of the Modular Electric Drive Matrix (MEB) and puts the fun in functional. The Buggy's modular design allows for the composite upper body to be detached from the chassis, opening up a world of possibilities for custom vehicle production, as the original Meyers Manx kit did for the first buggies.
The drivetrain of the ID. Buggy concept is made up of an electric motor integrated in the rear axle, a single-speed gearbox, and a 62kWh flat battery arranged in the car floor to save space.
The electric motor delivers 198bhp and maximum torque of 309Nm from standstill, and gives the vehicle an estimated range of 249km. This means that the electric vehicle can provide enough power to the rear axle, even off-road. The concept car sprints from zero to 100km/h in just 7.2 seconds. The maximum speed is electronically controlled at 159km/h.
A minimalist aesthetic and waterproof materials feature for the interior of the ID. Buggy, staying true to the beach buggy theme The lack of doors and a roof make the two-seater ID. Buggy ready for the purest form of classic beach cruising. Off-road features include standard 18-inch wheels and BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A off-road tyres, as well as solid aluminum underbody protection that ensures that the front axle and ancillaries are not damaged during off-road driving.
Two robust red steel eyelets are also integrated in the bumpers for towing and the reinforced windshield frame and Targa bar provide rollover support.
Inside, the ID. Buggy features a minimalist aesthetic and waterproof materials. A hexagonal steering wheel, wrapped with water-repellent Nappa leather, features touch controls in the crossbar, and a digital instrument cluster keeps the dash uncluttered. Despite the shortened wheelbase of the concept car, passengers have an unusually large amount of space. This is due to the ID. family's compact electric drivetrain.