Canadian-based Bombardier has announced production of its 2008 Can-Am Spyder three-wheel all purpose vehicle. Touted as being part motorcycle, part snowmobile and part sports car, the Spyder should appeal to both car enthusiasts and motorcycle riders alike.
The drivetrain consists of a small 990cc Rotax V-twin engine developing 106hp that’s mated to either a sequential five-speed manual or an electronically actuated sequential five-speed manual. The chassis is set up with two steering wheels in front and a single shaft-driven wheel behind, with the rider sitting in a motorcycle-style position and steering via handlebars.
Although the Spyder looks very much like a motorcycle, it comes with plenty of technology normally found in a sports car. The front wheels are located with double wishbone-type control arms and afford 5.7 inches of suspension travel. Power steering, antilock brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution and electronic stability control with anti-rollover technology are also part of the package.
The Can-Am Spyder is scheduled to go on sale in North America towards the middle of the year with a price tag of $14,999.