• Jan 4, 2006
Stuart has sent news of VW's "surprise" for the L.A. show – the GX3 – which was literally driven into the display area through the crowd - very cool. The crazy three-wheeled concept is actually more production ready than you would think. VW claims the GX3 could be a product as early as 2007 with a price target of around $17,000 – and it’s “car pool lane” approved in CA!

The GX3 (the ‘X’ stands for crossover-motorcycle-car) is a three-wheel “car” that features a tubular steel frame with integrated aluminum rollover structure, as well as carbon fiber body panels. The front suspension is a double-wishbone type with coilovers and the rear is an aluminum mono swingarm. The GX3 is moved by a 1.6L engine mounted transversely in the rear, which can propel the car to 60 in 5.7 seconds as well as return 46 mpg (probably not at the same time).

The design of the GX3 was apparently a hit at the show, as the designers who hail from VW’s new CA design studio received a standing ovation from the crowd of journalists. The GX3 can also be considered one of the first tangible fruits to be born from the company’s Moonraker Project.

Tons more pics and specs of the VW GX3 after the jump…

Specs:
Tubular steel frame
Carbon-fiber body panels
148 in long
73 in wide
48 in high
64 in track
106 in wheelbase
Integrated aluminum rollover structure
80-liter luggage compartment behind seats
1.6-liter engine, transverse, in the rear
6 speed manual g/b
Chain drive to rear wheel

Double wishbone front susp, with coilover
Aluminum mono swingarm rear
Front tires 215/45 rear 315/30

0-60 5.7 sec
1.25g lateral acceleration!!!
125 mph top speed
46 mpg


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      • 9 Years Ago
      This is an awsome car/bike or what ever you call it. If vw builds it i will be on the waiting list. This car isnt a replacement for a safe car or a fast motorcycle, if u want to be safe get a car, if u want to go real fast get a fast bike, this car is meant for people that want to have fun with something different. Yeah 125hp may not sound fast, but im sure in such a low weight car, its plenty fast for most people. If vw can keep it under 20K im sure they will have no problem selling it.
      • 9 Years Ago
      i just turned 64 and had quit riding bikes a couple years ago,, but with the new gx3 i get a chance to be 16 again,, just hope they don't wait too long
      • 9 Years Ago
      this is a bad idea. who is going to buy this? it doesnt function as a car, it is a big slow motorcycle.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I've been trying to convince myself to buy a T-Rex for a few months now. If anyone knows anyone that has a used one, PLEASE have them email me!

      firstmmc@tampabay.rr.com

      Clyde!
      • 9 Years Ago
      I want one. The price is right for the kind of car it is. I want a cheap and fun commuter car that my husband cannot borrow (he is too big). The dogs would have fun too. (Hope they market dog helmets with spikes on them.)

      The t-rex is too expensive, and they market it with photos of scanky women all over it. Completely turns off the female consumer.

      • 9 Years Ago
      I want one. The price is right for the kind of car it is. I want a cheap and fun commuter car that my husband cannot borrow (he is too big). The dogs would have fun too. (Hope they market dog helmets with spikes on them.)

      The t-rex is too expensive, and they market it with photos of scanky women all over it. Completely turns off the female consumer.

      • 9 Years Ago
      "The t-rex is too expensive, and they market it with photos of scanky women all over it. Completely turns off the female consumer."

      I can definitely see your point. I am trying to imagine an ad in Vanity Fair, Cosmo or Glamour, with a nicely dressed, ordinary looking woman, cruising down the road with a big smile, sitting next to a dog in a spiked helmet -----
      • 9 Years Ago
      This outside the box thinking is great but the wheels are configured backward. This design puts two people side by side instead of in tandem. Therefore, two wheels are up front instead of behind, where they ought to be. Vanden Brink, whose technology is resident in the Japanese Phiaro, has it right with his design to lean into turns in a vehicle that is ultra stable, has an enclosed roll cage, 3-point restraints, normal outside lights and safety features that non-motorcycle drivers are looking for, and it's a much more individual and thrilling experience to drive! http://www.carver.nl
      • 9 Years Ago
      BUILD THIS!!! I Want one. I'll put down money now and wait two years with a smile on my face the whole time. I won't ride a motorcycle anymore because of all the accidents that 40 year olds seem to get into on them (never mind the crazy 20 year olds). I would happily tool around in this.

      You sit low, which feels fast. It corners at 1.25g! I'd love to go to the track with it. Much more stable than two wheeled vehicle. Room for a passenger (or cargo). I don't need a windshield or top.

      I can't afford a dedicated sports car. but $17,000 I would swing and live with my current car and pickup for practical daily drives while I paid off the GX3.

      I think it's a home run.
      • 9 Years Ago
      (cont'd.) less than 1000# w/ rollcage, sequential 6sp, 0-60 4.1sec, 140mph, 1.9Gs [!!!]

      Price is the only advantage; maybe when Honda realizes in can build a T-Rex-like, all-weather coupe that's curvier, stiffer, lighter, cheaper, and faster than this thing, people will line up for a trike.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Not too bad as a three wheeler,but is just like all the rest ie a car it has a steering wheel and bucket seats and gets called a bike don't get me wrong it's a bloody good job but to call it a bike you really need to have handle bars and sit on it not in it.What i would call a bike is the three wheeler i came across build by this aussie guy called spykster
      • 9 Years Ago
      A list has already been started to express interest directly to VWoA. If you want to weigh in in favor of VW building the GX3, please send an email with your name and address to:

      ke.sbvw@adelphia.net

      No one will bother you. I will take the list directly to Adrian Hallmark of VWoA - possibly even Dr. Wolfgang Bernhard himself.

      The list is already substantial, primarily gathered from VWVortex.com

      The best way to get this built is to let them know you're interested. I personally travel to VW corporate headquarters at least once per quarter. I will hand carry the message to the top.

      Kevin Eckhart
      ke.sbvw@adelphia.net
      Dealer Principal
      Santa Barbara Volkswagen
      630 Chapala St.
      Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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