Tuesday, September 3, 2013

I Am Intrigued...

Saw this on Facebook a while back. It looks interesting, if they can get it off the ground at the price they have listed, it's something I'd be interested in as a commuting vehicle...

Elio Motors

84 MPH. 8 gallon tank. Seats two with room for luggage (not much, mind you). Suggested MSRP right now is under $7K. Registered as a motorcycle (dunno about anywhere else, but in MA the insurance is significantly less). If this is true, this would be a great second vehicle for banging back and forth to work. It's enclosed and drives like a car, so inclement weather isn't an issue. And it's funky looking:


It's got roughly the same size motor powering it as the Geo Metro, and they claim the top speed is near 100 MPH (perhaps downhill...). 49 MPG in the city isn't chickenfeed, either. If they can bring this to market with real world performance anywhere near what they're claiming and at a price close to what they're initially suggesting, I'll be looking into this very carefully. It'd be sweet to have a low-cost commuting option that'll keep miles off the Earthf**ker, save money on gas, and be able to park in the garage next to the Harley.

I wonder if one could shoehorn a Hayabusa engine into it...

That is all.

13 comments:

Dave H said...

Looks almost like somebody enclosed a Can-Am Spyder and called it a car. But Spyders are listing at over $16k.

If it had A/C I'd seriously consider getting one of these.

Anonymous said...

To be fair, the 1991 Geo Metro I owned (3 cyl, 1 L, Manual trans) could get into triple digit land and got 65 mpg city (dropping to 45 mpg after 145,000 miles).

Joseph in IL

Wolfman said...

Somewhere on Youtube I saw a Smart with a 'busa plant smoking Ferraris at the quarter mile. I don't know about the Metro, but I recall a Ford Festiva (or Fiesta, can't recall which) that was powered by a Kawasaki Jet ski motor. If its front wheel drive, though, I bet the torque steer from a Hayabusa would be pretty extreme. Fun though.

Sigivald said...

What Anonymous said - an actual Geo Metro could hit 100, so I have little doubt that trike can.

Of course, I'd rather just buy a used Corolla for my $7k.

(Yeah, it'd get 25mpg in the city, but do you do so much city driving that that matters?

4 gallons per 100 miles vs 2 gallons per 100 miles, in the city, doesn't matter for people who aren't taxi drivers.

Plus a normal car has safety features that aren't just "computer modeled at five stars"...)

Anonymous said...

But the Metro had a great cost savings measure in it.

After you hit something real hard, they could finish crushing it, put handles on it, and it doubled as your casket.

I'm only joking a little.

Joseph in IL

jed said...

Billll has pics of the engine bay.

He also just pointed to some nifty trikes across the pond. Not enclosed, but they look like sweet rides nonetheless.

On general principles, I'd rather have a turbo diesel and a sequential tranny. But that engine bay looks pretty cramped.

Stretch said...

You could use the EarthF*cker to annoy the Greenies and this trike to out-smug them.
Drive the Greenies crazy.

Jay G said...

See, Stretch knows how I think...

I'm thinking that 49 MPG around town is about 3.5 times what the Earthf**ker gets right now. In my 200 mile a week commute, that'll save me 10 gallons of gas. A week. $35 a week = $140 per month.

$6800 financed over three years at 7% interest is $133/month. Just sayin'...

Billll said...

While it was here, the Elio folks told me it would be available with A/C. Top speed is electronically limited to 107mph, but pull the little box off the ECU....

The machine is based on a full roll cage frame with molded plastic panels inside and out. The running weight is 1000 lbs.

There's more room under the hood than my pictures show and the listed engine just screams for a turbo.

Joshua said...

Very very interesting...wonder what it'd be like in light snow.

Samuel Suggs said...

these guys need to sit down wit somone who knows how to work out the astetics on a vehicle

bogie said...

With 110 mile commute daily, this would put a serious dent in my gas bill. I don't do any highway - but a lot of country surface roads that are 40-50 mph and no stop signs for miles.

Would seriously save me gas compared to the bike (45-50 mpg) and the Patriot (28 mpg). I like that it would be stick shift too. Couldn't drive it 4 months out of the year, but at 7k, that isn't an issue.

Mopar said...

That's a whole lot cheaper then a T-Rex too!
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