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http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/News/articleId=109643



03-15-2006

LOS ANGELES — At the recent Los Angeles auto show in January, Volkswagen had a most unusual concept car on display — a three-wheeler or trike called GX3.

Until now it was a question of how the show car would be accepted by the public, and apparently the acceptance was good. Because here are first prototype pictures of the road-going version, caught during secret testing at Lotus in England, which is quite a sensation.

It is powered by a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine delivering 125 horsepower. Due to the light weight of the vehicle it is almost as fast as a Porsche 911. The GX3 accelerates from zero to 62 mph in 5.7 seconds, fuel consumption is 1.4 gallons/62 miles and top speed is 124 mph. It has rear-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission.

However, while a Porsche costs $71,300 in the U.S., the GX3 could be available at $17,000. A cooperation between Volkswagen and Lotus — the latter owned by Proton, Malaysia — could mean that the odd three-wheeler made by Volkswagen and Proton-Lotus is meant to be sold not only in the U.S. but worldwide.

The test car on the photos is in various ways different from the concept model. It is furthermore equipped with different types of alloy wheels for testing plus two extra supporting wheels on the side.
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yup. this is on the cover of the Top Gera Magazine i believe.

and there are already tons of three wheels vehicles in europe. just none in the US.

Plus, i HIGHLY doubt we will ever see this vehicle here. No need for it.
 

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looks like audi may be getting into the budget supercar market too

http://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?f=23&t=252112




Bike-maker link means 700kg and 250bhp

Rumours about a low-weight, Caterham-alike sports car emerging from (of all manufacturers) Audi, have been circulating for a few weeks. They first emerged in an Austrian magazine, Kleine Zeitung, which suggested that Audi and Austrian motorcycle maker KTM have been jointly and secretly developing a sporty roadster.

The 700kg Audi-KTM roadster would be purist in approach, inspired by the Seven but more motorbike-like -- suggestions are that you'll need a helmet to drive it -- and that it'll arrive in 2007.

Motive power is likely to come from a 250bhp 2.0-litre TFSI engine -- destined for the next S3. If true, it'll possess a power/weight ratio akin to that of the Ferrari 599 GTB.

There's no word yet on whether it'll happen but Audi boss Martin Winterkorn is believed to be in favour of the project, with a decision on the cards soon. Should it happen, expect a revelation at the Bologna Motor Show in December.

We don't have pix but Dutch artist Michiel Van Den Brink has produced sketches of the machine.
 
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