Volkswagen GX3 Reverse Trike Concept Vehicle

by Benjamin Jones on April 24, 2008


It’s not all that often that you come across something truly new and cool, but for me, this is one of those times. There’s not much information that I can find on this reverse trike concept, which was built at the Volkswagen Design Center in California, but from what I can see, it’s definitely something I’d want to drive.

This trike acheives a fantastic 10hp/lb power-to-weight ratio by attaching a 125 hp, 113 ft-lbs 1.6 liter engine to an incredible like and nimble 1200 pound frame. The 6-speed can accelerate from 0-62 mph in 5.7 seconds and tops out at 125 mph (which could be better, but I imagine the aerodynamics on this thing aren’t all that hot).

Perhaps the coolest things about this trike is that is also promises 47 mpg and VW offered to sell it for just $17,000. A little bit more than your average economy car, but for that mix of fuel efficiency, power, and handling I would be very interested. When it was originally show at the LA Auto Show a few years back, VW said it might come out as soon as 2007, so obviously it’s a little behind, but we might still see it yet.

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Source: Reverse Trike Club

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1 Slinky six April 25, 2008 at 7:24 am

That thing needs some machine guns!

2 Dave April 26, 2008 at 8:26 am

This is a old VW concept from 2006 called the “GX3″. VW did look at what it would take to produce this Motorcycle for a bit but decided it wasn’t worth it to do all the retooling, possible alienation of VW target market and safety issues/law suits . Yes this is motorcycle anything will less the 4 wheels is a motorcycle and would require a motorcycle license to drive. Sorry but VW already decided that they weren’t going to make it… another company also looked at buying this concept from VW and producing it themselves but they also gave up. So this idea while being fast, sipping gas and looking really cool is dead at this time.

3 J.D. May 26, 2008 at 9:06 am

I’ d buy one today! That is if it’s street legal?

4 Ted June 13, 2008 at 8:01 am

I was at the Hooters swimsuit state finals last night and I saw one of these in person actually. I didn’t know what it was at first, but after finding this post (yea a few months after it was posted). This is definitely what it was.

5 viper July 11, 2008 at 3:45 pm

that was awesome !

6 J.D. August 2, 2008 at 9:55 am

It’s a month later and I’d buy two of them today!

7 Richard Robinson August 16, 2008 at 6:47 am

I am still attempting to find a dealership inwhich I could purchase this amazing trike concept. For there is a real market for a trike like this in the Maryland area. So if this info is available please contact me thank you.

8 SL December 4, 2008 at 4:41 pm

Hey guys you can one very similar from a company in Canada, but it’s a little more than 17k.

http://www.campagnamotors.com/

9 daniel castillo August 17, 2009 at 4:01 pm

I am mexican (or from Mexico) this vehicle is a beautiful jaja congrations, volkswagen forever is thecnology

10 BOB January 29, 2011 at 9:54 am

VW SHOULD DEVELOPE A KIT THAT ACCEPTS VARIOUS VW DRIVE LINE SET-UPS AND SELL IT THROUGH THEIR PARTS DEPARTMENT.
THEY COULD HAVE EVERYTHING FROM A BARE BONES KITS TO ALL THE SUPER TRICKED OUT ACCESSORIES.

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