The part bike / part car Naro is powered by a 400cc, single-cylinder, 20-horsepower engine, which delivers about 40km/l of fuel economy. This four-wheeled concept bike (car?) has been co-developed by the Narrow Motor Co., and its founder, Hugh Kemp, says that his company hopes to start production of this two-passenger urban runabout before the end of this year.
The fully enclosed Naro is a bit wider than, say, a Honda Goldwing, has four wheels, and is taller than most SUVs. While this doesn’t sound like much of a recipe for any kind of handling prowess, the Naro’s suspension – double wishbone at the front, independent trailing link at the back – allows it to lean like a motorcycle while cornering.
The 300kg Naro should be at least reasonably safe – it has an extruded aluminium passenger cell mounted on a carbonfibre platform, and anti-lock brakes and airbags are standard equipment. Performance is mild at best – zero to 100km/h takes 12 seconds, and top speed is 135km/h. At least riding (driving?) it in city traffic should be quite painless, what with the Naro’s fully automatic CVT requiring minimal rider (driver?) involvement.
If vehicles like the Naro are the future, we’d definitely like to stay with the present, thanks very much.
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