• Mar 2, 2010

Honda 3R-C Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

Ask anyone who's ever shopped for an ATV, outboard engine, personal robot...heck, even a private jet, and they'll tell you that cars are only the tip of the proverbial iceberg for Honda. The Japanese industrial giant is one of a handful of automakers that also makes motorcycles (along with the likes of Peugeot, BMW and Suzuki, to name just a few). And here in Geneva, the two core competences have come together in the form of the 3R-C Concept.

Packing two wheels up front and one in the back, the 3R-C is the latest take on the trike formula. The open cabin (which can be closed by the canopy windshield when parked) can accommodate one passenger/driver/rider in enclosed comfort, while the twin front rims keep it stable. It follows in a long line of intriguing R&D products from the technological powerhouse, but don't expect to see it parked curbside in front of your office/home/biker bar quite so soon.




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      • 4 Years Ago
      Yes build it!

      I am tired of being shown cool sh#t we can't buy! Just rework the canopy so in the rain the whole thing won't fill up like a bathtub and sell it!

      invisiblepigeon3
      • 4 Years Ago
      Mallcops rejoice!
      • 4 Years Ago
      american car companies arent smart enough to build something like that.. Thats why they are all bankrupt
      • 4 Years Ago
      At least its better styled than most of Honda's American products...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I could definitely see these around the city in 10-20 years.. like the Vespa of the future..
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder if this has any kind of active cambering ("leaning") technology like the Carver/Persu/Venture thingie.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I really don't know what kind of thing this is. Looks a bit ridiculous.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "accommodate one passenger/driver/rider in enclosed comfort,"

        Noooo, it is only enclosed when parked. Otherwise, when accomodating a driver, the driver is partially ensconsed, enclosed, sitting on his butt, whatever but the canopy does not surround and enclose.

        Someone is phoning this crap in.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This isn't "the latest take on the trike formula."

      Forward twin wheels, with a single rear is not new. It is actually the proper way to remain stable on three wheels.

      Double rear wheels and a single front is inherently unstable with forward weight transfer on the brakes, or when turning, which is why "three wheeler" ATVs were a nightmare.

      Piaggio beat Honda to the punch, and are already producing a tilting 3-wheel scooter, the MP3.

      Can-Am is building 3-wheel vehicles based on a synergy between motorcycle tech, and snow-mobiles... with two front wheels, and a single rear wheel.

      This may be the most recent introduction of a particular product concept, but the idea is not "he latest take on the trike formula."
      greg
      • 1 Year Ago
      three years later where is it???
      • 4 Years Ago
      *Enters Geneva Auto Show*

      "Wow, look at all the amazing hybrid concepts! Porsche has 3 and one of them is an SUV! That Citroen is unique and that A1 is pretty darn clever! Woah, that Evora is SWEET! How far on a charge and how much power? No way!

      Let's go check out Honda, they started the whole hybrid craze with IMA, they must have something AMAZING! They have a...

      three wheeled scooter thing..." *cough*

      *Moves to next display*

        • 4 Years Ago
        Exactly. While everyone else is showing off fancy next-gen powertrains, Honda's usually the one showing off bizarre crap like this, horrible low-tech hybrids, or Hydrogen vehicles, which they plan on not commercially selling until 2020.

        Erm, yeah.. I call fail
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope these come with a free Gastro-bypass surgery incentive, or increase the seat width. These would be used to replace any sort of exercise. People will ride these down the sidewalks if its too far to walk. Walmart should rig these with shopping carts so they can be driven through the stores.

      They should use Jabba the Hut as celebrity endorsement.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It reminds me of Captain Pike's wheelchair in the original Star Trek series.

      As a wheelchair or granny-scooter, it might be good. But I don't like the idea of able-bodied people riding around in devices intended for the infirm.
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