Forgotten Lessons: Volkswagen GX3 (2006)

Forgotten Lessons: Volkswagen GX3 (2006)

( – In January 2006 (almost 17 years ago now), Volkswagen presented one of the most amazing and unusual models in its history at the Los Angeles Auto Show – the so-called VW GX3 and only three . wheels.

Volkswagen GX3 Concept (2006)


The small two-seater model, which appeared to be on the verge of becoming a reality when it was presented and which was even said to have a price tag of less than 17,000 euros, was intended for the United States, mainly for highway use. . Ultimately, however, it was never released.

The Volkswagen model was 3.75 meters long (with a 2.7 meter wheelbase), 1.85 meters wide and only 1.21 meters tall. Under the body was a 1.6-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine with 127 hp at 6,500 rpm and 152 Nm of peak torque, connected to a six-speed gearbox.

A toy with lots of light and lots of driving fun

All engine power was transferred to the wide rear wheel (315/30 R18) via a motorcycle chain. Like motorcycle the wheel was suspended from the swingarm and supported on one side only, while the front wheels were fitted with 125/45 R17 tires and double wishbone suspension.

Despite its performance, the power-to-weight ratio was very good at 4.49 kg / hp, as the car weighed only 570 kg thanks to the steel (chassis) and fiberglass (body) construction. A real toy that would be a lot of fun to drive.

GX3 accelerated from 0 to 100 km / h in 5.7 seconds and a top speed of 200 km / h – values ​​that were reserved only for real sports cars at that time. In addition, considering its weight, fuel consumption was only 5.2 liters per 100 kilometers.

According to the brand, the design of the GX3, which is halfway between a car and a motorcycle, was inspired by Grand Prix bikes and the one-of-a-kind Formula 1 seats. One of the most interesting nods is the twin exhaust pipes in the middle, which are visible to activate the “tail” of the motorcycle.

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The interior is probably the lowest part of the car. Similar to the regular roadster, with a steel-framed steering wheel, only two clocks in the center of the dashboard, a long metal gear stick with a golf ball tip (a nod to the Golf GTI), and five points. seat belts for occupants. Also, behind the seats there was a small trunk with a cargo volume of 80 liters.