The Rezvani Beast Alpha has made its debut at the Los Angeles motor show with unique ‘sidewinder’ doors.
The coupé version of the 500bhp Beast sports car, its doors swing out and slide forward to sit parallel with the front wings.
The Beast Alpha’s creator, Ferris Rezvani, claims this creates a larger, less hindered aperture compared with other low-slung mid-engined sports cars.
To further help the driver and passenger in and out of the car, the door opening cuts into the side of the car so there is narrower sill to climb over. However, the remaining door sill is still very deep, in order to maintain the strength of the chassis.
The Beast Alpha has a removable roof panel, and features air conditioning and airbags to make it more suitable for everyday use.
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A 500bhp 2.4-litre supercharged Honda engine powers the Beast Alpha coupé, mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. With carbonfibre bodywork, Rezvani claims the car weighs 884kg, helping it to accelerate from 0-62mph in 3.2sec. No top speed has been confirmed yet. A 300bhp model is also planned.
The standard Beast costs from $165,000 (£132,500), with options that include adjustable suspension, carbonfibre seats and steering wheel, and a Sadev sequential manual gearbox.
A 700bhp Beast X model is on the way using a twin-turbocharged version of the same Honda engine to deliver 0-62mph 2.5sec. This model will also be offered with the option of the sequential manual gearbox.