Test drive of VW's cancelled GX3 roadsterEnlarge Photo
Everything about the GX3 excites, from its sticky roadholding and excellent handling to the primal scream of the high-revving four-cylinder. Max power is 125hp while peak torque is 112lb ft with power transferred to the wheels via a chain rather then a drive shaft. This enables the entire vehicle to weigh just 570kg with acceleration figures of 0-62mph in just 5.7 seconds and pulling up to 1.25G.
The vehicle is heavily based on the Lotus' Elise, with the British performance company providing most of the engineering support and parts for the concept car. The steering system is lifted straight from the Elise and most of the suspension set-up is shared with the Lotus as well. The rest of the mechanicals come from VW’s small Golf and Polo cars.
The car was developed by Team Moonraker to ignite interest in the brand after several years of dismal results in North America. Currently, VW in the US is favored more by women – something the German hopes to change. The GX3 if it ever came into production would definitely achieve this. Did we mention that the estimated price is around $15,000? Sadly, VW fears that the vehicle is too unsafe for America’s highway conditions and its incompatibility with the rest of VW’s line-up has put the project on hold – damn.
[Source: Car Online]