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by Adam Lynton
The latest player in the world of trikes can shift from 0-60mph in 4.5 seconds.
At the beginning of the year, a mysterious three-wheeled Porsche was spied cruising around the streets of Utah. Initially we thought it may have been a kit project, but after some digging we discovered it was the work of Vanderhall Motor Works. A company representative then sent us some digital drawings of the production model as well as some technical specs and today we have received live pictures of the prototype along with some further details.
We already knew that the 3-wheeler is powered by a turbo ICE without any hybrid or assist, with a total of 200hp and 200lb-ft of torque, but Vanderhall has now confirmed that it's a 1.4-liter turbo 4-cylinder unit, mated to a six-speed auto shift transmission. It weighs 635kg, can sprint from 0-60mph in 4.5 seconds and boasts fuel economy of 40mpg in the city. It can show the stability of any four wheel sports car due to low CG and weight distribution. Overall dimensions are smaller than that of a MINI and it's wide as a Smart car. Previously we reported the 3-wheeler had a single seat layout, but these photos clearly show it to be a two-seater.
An aluminum chassis is covered with carbon-fiber body panels, while a double wishbone adjustable coil-over suspension helps to smooth out the ride, as does ABS, and stability & traction control. Inside, the driver benefits from climate control, sat-nav, Bluetooth and a power-adjustable rake windshield. Vanderhall Motor Works is planning on launching the 3-wheel roadster sometime next year.