Wednesday, January 04, 2006

The World Premiere of the GX3

Text and photos from Volkswagen of America.

Pure affordable performance: Crossover between sports car and motorcycle

It only takes 5.7 seconds to go from 0-62.5 mph (100 km/h) and the fuel consumption in the city is estimated to be 46 mpg (5.2 l/100 km)

GX3 was conceived for the U.S. by the Moonraker team and VW’s Design Center in California

Three wheels, two seats, and off you go in the carpool lane

WOLFSBURG, Germany / LOS ANGELES, Calif. - In a world premiere at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Volkswagen presents the GX3 – a completely new type of motorcycle. The GX3 was conceived by the Moonraker team and VW’s Design Center in California, exclusively with the U.S. in mind, to bring an exciting idea to a fully functioning concept. With its three wheels and unique design, this Volkswagen opens up a new driving dimension.

What if you could carve up the back roads and cruise solo in the carpool lane?
A motorcycle with VW features: Light, fast, and environmentally friendly, the GX3 shows that conceptually it is much closer to a motorcycle than to a classic type automobile. This two-seater Volkswagen is one of a kind - bold, young, and affordable. It opens a new driving dimension, turns even the daily commute to work into a small trip to freedom, allows you to cruise in the carpool lane, even if you’re driving solo (the GX3 is a motorcycle, after all!) and with its keen handling it opens up completely new horizons for recreational driving.

What if performance were affordable?
Amazing dynamics for less than $ 17,000: The GX3 will be driven by a VW 1.6 liter engine. The four-cylinder delivers 92 kW / 125 hp. So far, so good. However, the GX3 is a pure driving machine, a motorcycle with two seats positioned side-by-side. And that’s why you can find 125 hp and 112.5 ft-lbs (152 Nm) in a mere 1,257 lbs (570 kg) Volkswagen. This results in a power-to- weight ratio of 10 lbs/hp 4.56 kg/PS). In just 5.7 seconds, the GX3 can reach a speed of 62.5 mph (100 km/h) and the possible lateral acceleration reaches 1.25g – values typical of sheer performance cars but delivered from a vehicle under the $17,000 price range. No comparable sports machine in the world, however, can come even close to the low fuel consumption of the GX3: 46 mpg. Fact is: a production counterpart of the GX3, could be on the market very soon. It all depends on the American driver’s feedback.

Tradition of the exceptional: Conceptually and visually the Volkswagen GX3 differs from anything currently on the roads in the U.S. And that’s a tradition at Volkswagen. It was with exceptional and unique products – today all of them legends – that Volkswagen propelled itself to the top in the USA during the 50’s and 60’s. Whether the Beetle, the Thing (Type 181) or the Microbus, all were the cult cars of their time and still are. In 2006, with the GX3, Volkswagen once again presents something totally unexpected and exceptional, a VW in every sense. VW – Being different.

Moonraker: The GX3 was designed in close collaboration between VW’s Design Center California (DCC) and an international, cross-functional group of young engineers, designers, manufacturing and marketing experts, also based in California. The team started its work in the US in early 2005. The job: To convert the wishes, dreams and needs of American drivers into mobility. The goal: highest possible customer satisfaction. Background: In addition to the models developed in Germany and sold in the US, in the future Volkswagen will be building more models catering

especially to the needs and requirements of U.S. customers. One of the most dramatic and tangible early results of Moonraker: the GX3. Responsible for the design of the new Volkswagen is the Volkswagen Design Studio in Santa Monica. The team there will be working in the future in close cooperation with the product strategy staffs in the U.S. The GX3 offers a look into the exciting and comprehensive spectrum of totally new motor vehicles which are currently being conceptualized by Volkswagen of America for the US market.

What if authenticity had a radical edge?
Design dynamics: The focus for Volkswagen’s design team in California was to create a quintessential and pure driving machine. Inspired by the minimalist design language often expressed in contemporary GP motorcycles and F1 race cars, the GX3 has a true feeling of authenticity. These influences are seen throughout the exterior with an exposed single sided swing arm, aggressive central exhaust, open front wheels and stealthy matte finishes. The progressive dynamic on the GX3 is emphasized with a strong graphic dividing the body as it wraps up to the aggressive forward leaning roll hoops. Anodized gold and black suspension components and LED lighting are further examples of track inspired designs. The GX3 interior is all about business with nothing to distract from the absolute driving experience. The driver’s cockpit is equipped with five point racing harnesses; "moto" style instruments and a GTI inspired stainless shifter. Most distinctly, the rear boasts a massive single 18"x12" back wheel dressed with 315 rubber. The front end proudly displays a bold V graphic consistent with Volkswagen’s vehicle lineup, most notably the GTI. The GX3 in no way denies that it is a motorcycle, but rather plays it up as a unique design advantage.

Space-Frame: 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. A 2.83 tf3 (80 l) trunk is located behind the seats.

What if driving was redefined?
Advanced chassis: 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. And that suits the GX3. A Volkswagen that breaks away from the conventions and that redefines driving fun and freedom of mobility. Drivers wanted. Seriously!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Produce this trike and I will give you a deposit for two of them!


Thu. Jan. 05, 01:44:00 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have dreamed of owning this for a decade! Finally someone has made it real! I will buy one!

Thu. Jan. 05, 11:17:00 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

VEry Nice

Fri. Jan. 06, 12:03:00 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also will buy one. In fact, tomorrow morning I'll be bugging my local VW dealer with deposit money. No doubt they will be clueless, but I'm going to try anyway.

Fri. Jan. 06, 08:45:00 p.m.  
Anonymous Lorenzo said...

Keep those comments coming. Volkswagen said that if they get enough positive feedback, they may just put this car up for production.

Sat. Jan. 07, 01:53:00 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like a cross between a T-rex and a Scorpion but at a lower price!

Sun. Jan. 08, 09:26:00 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the concept!! Good looks, power, handling. But it stills needs a removable top...hard or soft for some of us who live where it rains and snows.

Now can ya get the price down...shouldn't cost that much.Sheeeeeez!!

Maybe a "consumer model" and a "sport model" or even a "DIY kit"(entry level). NOW, get'em built!!!

Mon. Jan. 09, 11:46:00 a.m.  
Anonymous Lorenzo said...

I can already tell you what Volkswagen would say: "Motorcycles don't have a removable top so this doesn't/won't have one) :)

Anyway, although I don't think the price is terribly high, it could benefit with a bit of lowering. I'm thinking somewhere in the vicinity of $10,000-13,000.

Mon. Jan. 09, 10:27:00 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I work at a VW dealer (parts manager), and I want 1 BAD!

Everybody, tell VW to build it!

Tue. Jan. 10, 09:15:00 a.m.  
Blogger we are driven said...

I want a gx3 bad
it will revive the afordable sports transport that the datsun 240z did in the seventies

it should come with a hard top with that price i mean it does not come with anything like stereo or Ac it should be cheaper a dam kia or hyundai can be the same price and it comes with alot of features

but then again its a thrill ride

i want one now
i been waiting for something like the 240z cheap fast and affordable

its a great carcycle or whatevs it be

if i ever get one i would love if they made turbo kits for it

a top is neccesary cuz girls dont like helmets so when your on a date it wont score points cuz their damm head will get helmet hair.

on the other hand you could smoke anything on the road

i want one now

with that gas mileage price and speed its sold to me

Thu. Jan. 12, 03:29:00 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to VW: Make it as is! I want one and so do my friends! Will buy!!!

To previous poster: As long as this vehicle will be registered with DMV as a motorcycle, helmets will be required in many states, regardless of a roof. A motorcycle endorsement on your driver license will also be required.

Thu. Jan. 12, 10:26:00 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok I'm interested. I think a top and stereo and a test drive would make me more interested. In California, will I have to wear a helmet?

Sat. Jan. 14, 08:25:00 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd buy one tomorrow if it were possible. Awesome. I think it needs a removable windshield however.

Sun. Jan. 15, 07:15:00 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Being a long time motorcycle rider that had to give them up because of my age and physical limitations I would definately buy one.

Sun. Jan. 15, 11:04:00 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If this car is launched i would like to ne on the waiting list because it is going to be the next hot car. Put me down for 1. :)

Mon. Jan. 16, 03:05:00 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just being able to get into the car pool lane is reason enough for me to want one! How about some ultra bright leds on top of the ROP so that the jacked up SUV's will be able to see us. Would buy one now!

Tue. Jan. 17, 12:24:00 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Add a low, raked windshield with its windshild frame incorportating
a subtle integrated roll bar, windshield wipers, keep the curb weight
at 1250 pounds or less, provide a 1.6L with variable valve timing,
sequential direct port injection, and ram air through a two stage
intake runner, give it relatively flat horsepower and torque curves,
at least 200hp and 110fpt, and a 10K or better redline, plus electronic
stability control, and of course, a heater and defroster and tunes,
price it at $15K, forbid dealer markups. Answer our gearhead prayer!

Tue. Jun. 13, 06:47:00 p.m.  

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