Volkswagen today introduced its concept GX3 at the Los Angeles Auto Show, a three-wheeled, two-seater vehicle it calls a crossover between a motorcycle and sports car. With a 1.6-liter engine, the GX3 offers acceleration from 0–100 km/h in 5.7 seconds and an estimated fuel consumption in the city of 46 mpg (5.2 l/100km).
The four-cylinder gasoline engine delivers 92 kW (125 hp) and 152 Nm of torque. The vehicle, with an estimated price of less than $17,000, itself weighs a mere 1,257 lbs (570 kg).
The 215/45 R17x8J front wheels are controlled by a double lateral steering axle. While the front axle resembles the layout of an automobile, the rear axle shows more parallels to a motorcycle. The right side of the vehicle also makes use of a monoswing arm.
The engine’s power is delivered via 6-speed transmission and chain drive to the rear wheel, which has a tire size of 315/30 R18x12J—a new super bike dimension.
The basic structure of this driving machine is formed by a high-density, warp-resistant, steel construction space frame. The paneling of the interior and exterior parts of the space frame is made of high density fiberglass. An 80-liter trunk trunk is located behind the seats.
Volkswagen says that it will decide whether or not to produce the GX3 based on reaction from consumers.