• Sep 22nd 2005 at 12:30PM
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The Four Stroke Rumen is described by its maker as "more an object of art than a utility for daily transport." Rubbish. We'd love to squirt through congested highway traffic in this retro interpretation of a 1930's sports car. This elegantly designed gas-powered two-seat antique debuted at Frankfurt, probably while I was off consuming large amounts of free pastry in the Press Center.

More pics after the jump…

The Rumen weighs only 1,100 lbs. and is powered by a 700cc inline three-cylinder engine that can be had in three engine tuning levels with output up to 100 hp. Despite it?s old world charm, the RWD Rumen is chock full of modern technology including a six-speed gearbox, leather-lined and air-conditioned interior, ABS and a carbon-fiber composite body atop a tubular steel frame. The Rumen will base around $50,000 and be available both as a finished vehicle and as a kit-car. Four Stroke does have plans to export the Rumen to the U.K. and U.S. markets.
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      • 9 Years Ago
      Love the look, especially the front end. But when going round to the rear... It would seem that someone raided the discount parts bin at Pep Boys for the tail lights. The interior, on the other hand, is simply delightful. The instrument cluster looks to have been lifted in one piece from the pages of the UK's 'Sportscar and Classic' magazine. This is really just proof that there can exist small, sporty, fuel-efficient cars that are nowhere near boring, and they can take design to a whole new level. I'd giggle more often if my daily commute were in something like this...
      • 9 Years Ago
      Holy cannoli, that's something else.
      • 9 Years Ago
      "object of art"??? It looks like the face of one of those "Spy v Spy" guys: http://recollectionbooks.com/bleed/images/humor/spyvspy.jpg
      • 9 Years Ago
      Pretty cool looking, however that tailight stack has to go.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Reminds me of a Bugatti Atlantic
      • 9 Years Ago
      Wow, they took that retro thing to a whole new level.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I do like the retro-ness of this car. Beautifully done. But I would rather spend 12K less on the Atom(shown on Top Gear yestereday).