I can honestly say I've never been more intrigued by a car then when I spotted this tiny little three wheeled wonder outside the Cabela's in Grand Rapids tonight. I love it's tiny circular center headlight, as it reminds me of something out of the movie Robots.
After a bit of research, I've learned that this is a Chinese made "motorcycle" (as anything with less than 4 wheels is automatically qualified as by the government) and as such requires an endorsement to drive. With a 0.6l fuel injected, water cooled, DOHC, 8 valve inline twin banger pumping out 33.5hp and 36.5 ft/lb through a 4 speed manual to the rear wheels, this seems to be a perfect recipe for a very jalop car. It only weighs in at 1400lbs soaking wet too, so it's basically a US available equivalent of the old Reliant Robin, except that the engine is in the back rather than the front, so it won't be nearly so tippy in the bends.
It supposedly seats 4 passengers and will get up to 70mpg on the highway, without any hybrid system whatsoever. Suck it, Prius. The interior is even finished in fake leather and hardwood! Starting MSRP is only $8,000, although they've been known to sell for less than $7k. It comes with a 1 year/12k mile warranty, so it probably isn't quite up to industry manufacturing standards, but still...
THE CHINESE HAVE MADE SOMETHING I LIKE.
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