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The VW GX3 was the runaway hit of the rather staid L.A. Auto Show this past January. Volkswagen hinted at the possibly of producing the three-wheeler but, c’mon, we weren’t taking them seriously.
It turns out there’s been enough positive reaction from the press and public to justify the existence of this road-going test mule caught doing laps at Lotus in England. The rear-wheel drive GX3 would be powered by a 125-hp, 1.6L four-cylinder and weigh as light as a feather. Tipping the scales at next to nothing (relative to its four-wheeled and enclosed counterparts) will produce blasts to 62 mph in 5.7 seconds while returning 44 mpg, though probably not at the same time. All this for the low, low price of 17 large.

If it goes on sale the U.S. has already been chosen as its main market, though VW’s cooperation with Lotus, which is owned by the Malaysian company Proton, suggests the GX3 might well be sold the world over.

[Source: Edmunds Inside Line]


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      • 9 Years Ago
      From the January issue of Evo Magazine, on the test of the Peugeot 20CUP, another 3 wheeler concept:

      "Hand retrieved, I return via a slalom and discover that a single rear wheel is not conducive to entertaining throttle-steer. It all happens up front and oversteer is right off the agenda. I knew there had to be a reason for four wheels. We look forward to trying the rest of the 207 in March."

      http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/driven/63767/2/peugeot_20cup.html

      Is a 3-wheeler really the best way to make an entertaining fuel sipper?
      • 9 Years Ago
      I want one. I hope you read this, VW: I'd trade in my MINI Cooper convertible for this thing, as long as there is room for a gym bag and the option of a top (it does rain here sometimes). And imagine blasting down the carpool lane, mocking everyone stuck in LA traffic. I wonder if CA would let GX3 drivers split lanes in traffic like motorcycles do.

      It's the perfect SoCal funmobile. Build it!
      • 9 Years Ago
      OliverB stop spreading FUD. 3 wheelers are proven that if the weight is right (60% of the weight in front) that the car can out handle a 4 wheeler as stated by Proud Japanese
      • 9 Years Ago
      I dont know why a company would want to make such a car? It looks too much like a toy and not sure where this would have practical application.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Brnadon B, wish you were right but unfortunately I am right as per the last sentence in the linked article "It is furthermore equipped with different types of alloy wheels for testing plus two extra supporting wheels on the side."
      Supporting sounds pretty clear to me. They are not of the kind you are talking about that are usually about 20" big.
      • 9 Years Ago
      "No wonder they expect the US to be te main market, these are people who drive at 55mph and have never taken a bend."

      Olivier, have you ever actually driven in the US? I'll grant you the bit about bends -- most of our roads are lamentably straight -- but the only place you'll typically find traffic moving at 55mph is in a 40mph zone. Out on interstate highways, I've routinely witnessed traffic moving at 80-90mph. (Traffic jams don't count -- you find those on the autobahn as well.)
      • 9 Years Ago
      Tipping the scales at next to nothing and having 3 wheels will get you called a "motorcycle" by the state of Califonia. It better weight 1501 lbs.
      • 9 Years Ago
      What is so far fetched about this? People spent $17k on motorcycles all day long, this happens to be in the same class, gets about the same gas mileage as most bikes, etc. My commute to work is 10-15 miles depending on which route I take, and this would be perfect for it. Gives me an excuse to use all my motorcycle gear when riding in a car ;)
      • 9 Years Ago
      #3...that little orange wheel on the side isn't for stability...it's for measuring acceleration. Way to try and slam Lotus though!
      • 9 Years Ago
      Me.
      • 9 Years Ago
      this thing is stupid, its no safer, more useable, more weather resistant, and certainly not as fast as a motorcycle? who is going to buy this that wouldnt just get the motorcycle?
      • 9 Years Ago
      $17k, 44mpg, sub 6 sec to 60? A track day car for the masses?

      I'd hit it.

      My fear- I'd be a bug in some monster SUV.
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