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Venturi unleashes 407 wild horses on the sand with all-electric dune buggy


The creator of the world's first production electric sports car revealed an updated version of its 2010 America electric dune buggy at this year's Paris Motor Show. The new concept car combines the high performance and handling of a sports car with the ever-fun design of a sand-hungry dune buggy.

The first update to the America that draws the eye in is the new blue paint scheme that shines much brighter than the dark colors of 2010. When the eye sets to reading, the thing that really separates the 2014 concept from its predecessor is the beefed up twin-motor powertrain driving the rear wheels. That electric drive puts out 407 hp (303 kW) and 354 lb-ft (480 Nm) of torque, which is a sizable increase over the 2010 America's 300 hp (224 kW) and 280 lb-ft (380 Nm).

The America is capable of a 4.5-second 0-62 mph (100 km/h) run and a 137-mph (220 km/h) top speed. When you're not looking to get anywhere near those numbers, you can dial things down from SuperSport mode to Sport and Cruising modes. Cruising mode uses the reserves of the 53-kWh lithium ion polymer battery most sparingly, offering up to 155 miles (250 km) of driving range.

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