With the car industry in North America thriving – especially in the performance sector – adrenaline junkies are anticipating yet another supercar launch: the forthcoming BEAST by Rezvani Automotive Designs (RAD).

Using the Ariel Atom chassis as a base platform, RAD has teamed up with fellow California company N2A Motors, who are bringing the car’s carbon-fibre composite body to life.

The BEAST will be available in two performance levels: the 300 and 500. The 300 will be powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder 2.0-litre Honda engine with a power output of 315 horsepower, capable of doing zero-to-100 km/h in just 2.9 seconds.

The 500 option will feature a supercharged four-cylinder block with 2.4 litres of displacement, delivering 500 horsepower (zero-to-100 km/h in 2.7 seconds). Three-pedal purists will be delighted to learn that BEAST will be delivered with a manual six-speed transmission.

To handle all that raw engine power, outside firm DDM Works (based out of South Carolina and specializing in the repair of the Ariel Atom) are contributing to some mechanical reinforcement-related development.

To mark the arrival of the car to the consumer market, the first two 300 cars were made available at a reduced entry price of $99,500 USD, while the first two 500 cars carried price tags of $124,900 USD. Normal pricing on the cars is $119,000 and $139,000 respectively.

While the average consumer may not deem a two-seater with this high a price tag “affordable,” next to a Bugatti Veyron or Koenigsegg One, the new BEAST supercars represents a much more attainable option.