Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Sin City: Volkswagen GX3

You've got to LOVE this trike!!!

What has three wheels, two seats, goes from zero to 100km/h in 5.7 seconds and has a top speed of 200km/h? The scintillating, 125bhp, Volkswagen GX3. First shown in January this year, the GX3 was designed by Volkswagen’s Design Centre in California, and is a fully functional concept.

The GX3 is powered by a VW 1600cc engine, which gives it a power/weight ratio of 1:4.56. The vehicle is also capable of achieving lateral acceleration of up to 1.25g, which is what some very expensive, high-performance cars do, but the GX3 was only supposed to cost about US $17,000. That was before VW dropped plans of building this vehicle because they thought it might be too dangerous, and result in too many liability claims, which the company definitely does not want. Too bad VW chickened out of producing this vehicle, which they claimed is “Inspired by the minimalist design language often expressed in contemporary GP motorcycles and F1 race cars…”

If you like high-performance three-wheelers, see this and if you like weird three-wheelers, see this

Forget the GTI - this is the best thing VW (n)ever made!


Anonymous said...

2 years later nothing... there are so many beautiful concepts that will never see driving, it is sad. I'd get this on a hart beat. the "new" for US Smart is over 15K for a topless and there is a line, for those. It is ridiculous, where as this is twice as fast, much better and only 17K... Come on...

Anonymous said...

We are sue-happy nation that is a fact... I don't blame them. I'd do the same. Is a nice vehicle after all