• Sep 2nd 2010 at 8:29AM
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Norster 600R – Click above for high-res image gallery

There were plenty of reasons to love the Austin-Healey Sprite. Besides being super affordable when they debuted, the Sprite was light and capable of out-handling high-dollar sports cars of the era, not to mention the plucky British styling that was unlike anything else on the road. That combination has helped make the Sprite Mk 1 a sought after collectible, but it hasn't inspired anyone to come up with a recreation of the car. Until now. Feast your eyes on the Norster 600R.

This, um, unique creation isn't actually billed as an automobile, slipping instead into the heavy quad classification in the European Union to beat pesky hang ups like crash test and emissions standards. Penned by designers in Finland and built in China, the Norster 600R uses a 580cc two-cylinder engine with a whopping 20 horsepower and 36.8 pound-feet of torque. You aren't going to be taking the checkers at Le Mans with the Chery-sourced powerplant, especially considering the 1,150-pound unladen weight. Of course, the upswing of such a tiny engine is that the Norster can happily put along at around 50 mpg U.S.

At least there's that.

If you've suffered an aneurism recently and find yourself smitten with this multinational mid-engine creation, you can hop over to the Norster site for more information. Thanks for the tip, Tomi!

[Source: Nordian Commerce]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      It's terrible. I love it!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good God, kill it now before it mates with a lawnmower!!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      As if "Finnish designed, Chinese built" wasn't repellent enough, there isn't much to say here except that there are really bad kit cars out there that are far more attractive than this.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Built in china and bypasses crash testing? How do you say 'population control' in chinese? They should have had it built in Britain.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If it were in British Racing Green, I'd be inclined to think it was a frog, might actually be cute.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A proper 1.8T VW engine would make you care a lot less about the cartoon styling.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Its a Frogeye as designed by someone with cataracts, fat fingers, a gimp arm and no sense of humor.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That looks horrendous. I need to look at some Alfa Romeo pictures just to get that image out of my brain.
      • 5 Years Ago
      could have been interesting with a bit less ridiculous design. look up aerodynamics for starters
      • 5 Years Ago
      Star of the Disney release of Cars 2 Return of Bugeyes.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Kill it with fire!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Seems a tremendous waste of time to work on something like that only to make the body out of proportion and use a poor performance 580cc engine.

      I mean, making this into something good would not take much. Any number of 600cc motorcycle engines would be more powerful. Adjust the windshield so it's not so upright. Modify the front so that it doesn't actually look front-engined when it's not.

      Doing those few things would result in a fun little car.
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