litre 4 cylinder
The Volkswagen GX3 concept which debuted at the 2006 Los
Angeles Motor Show is an advanced concept Volkswagen initially
declared a production possibility. Depending on the reaction
of the American public. Although later it was announced
that safety and insurance concerns were too great to allow
the GX3 to enter production.
The GX3 is aimed at the younger buyer, and the concept
has more in common with a motorcycle
than a sports
car. With a 3-wheel layout, and powered by a 1.6 litre
4 cylinder engine, the GX3 is able to achieve 60 mph in
just 5.7 seconds and also return an impressive 46 mpg.
The GX3 also qualifies for solo use in car pool lanes.
The original idea was to create a cult
classic, like the VW Beetle.
Designed in California by the Moonraker team and VW's
Design Center, Volkswagen hope the GX3 could become a
contemporary cult classic, like the original Beetle and
the Microbus of their era.
Being a driver focused machine, the minimalist styling
of the Volkswagen GX3 is influenced by racing cars and
motorcycles. The frame, formed from high-density, warp
resistant steel is covered with high density fibreglass
panels, and an exposed single sided swing arm, aggressive
central exhaust, exposed front wheels, matte colours,
anodized gold and black suspension components and LED
lights complete the track inspired design.
The interior of the GX3 is again focused on the driver,
the cockpit is equipped with five point racing harnesses,
race style instruments and a GTI inspired stainless shifter.
SPECS Volkswagen GX3 [US (EU)]
Engine Type of engine / Installation position - 1.6l /
4 cyl./ rear transversal mounted Power - 125 hp (125 PS/92
kW) @ 6.500 rpm Torque - 112.5 ft-lbs (152 Nm) @ 3.000
rpm Power/Weight-Ratio - 10 lbs/hp (4.56 kg/PS) Fuel mileage
- 46 mpg (5,2l/100km)
Power transmission Gearbox - Six-speed manual Drive concept
- Chain drive to rear wheel
Running gear Front axle - Double wishbone, coil-over-dampener
Rear axle - Aluminum mono swingarm, coil-over-dampener
Front tires - 215/45 R17x8J Rear tire - 315/30 R18x12J
Performance 0-62.5 mph / 0-100 km/h - 5.7 s Lateral acceleration
- 1.25g Top Track Speed - 125 mph (200 km/h)
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