2006 Volkswagen GX3 Concept
Press Release) In a world premiere at the Los Angeles Auto
Show, Volkswagen presents the GX3 – a completely new type of
motorcycle. The GX3 was conceived by the Moonraker team and VW’s
Design Center in California, exclusively with the U.S. in mind, to
bring an exciting idea to a fully functioning concept. With its
three wheels and unique design, this Volkswagen opens up a new
What if performance were affordable?
Amazing dynamics for
less than $ 17,000: The GX3 will be driven by a VW 1.6 liter engine.
The four-cylinder delivers 92 kW / 125 hp. So far, so good. However,
the GX3 is a pure driving machine, a motorcycle with two seats
positioned side-by-side. And that’s why you can find 125 hp and
112.5 ft-lbs (152 Nm) in a mere 1,257 lbs (570 kg) Volkswagen. This
results in a power-to-weight ratio of 10 lbs/hp (4.56 kg/PS). In
just 5.7 seconds, the GX3 can reach a speed of 62.5 mph (100 km/h)
and the possible lateral acceleration reaches 1.25g – values typical
of sheer performance cars but delivered from a vehicle under the
$17,000 price range. No comparable sports machine in the world,
however, can come even close to the low fuel consumption of the GX3:
46 mpg (5.2 l/100 km). Fact is: a production counterpart of the GX3,
could be on the market very soon. It all depends on the American
What if authenticity had a radical edge?
Design dynamics: The
focus for Volkswagen’s design team in California was to create a
quintessential and pure driving machine. Inspired by the minimalist
design language often expressed in contemporary GP motorcycles and
F1 race cars, the GX3 has a true feeling of authenticity. These
influences are seen throughout the exterior with an exposed single
sided swing arm, aggressive central exhaust, open front wheels and
stealthy matte finishes. The progressive dynamic on the GX3 is
emphasized with a strong graphic dividing the body as it wraps up to
the aggressive forward leaning roll hoops. Anodized gold and black
suspension components and LED lighting are further examples of track
What if driving was redefined?
Advanced chassis: The 215/45 R17x8J front wheels are controlled by a double lateral steering axle. While the front axle resembles the layout of an automobile, the rear axle shows more parallels to a motorcycle. The right side of the vehicle also makes use of a monoswing arm. The engine’s power is delivered via 6-speed transmission and chain drive to the rear wheel, which has a tire size of 315/30 R18x12J – a new super bike dimension. And that suits the GX3. A Volkswagen that breaks away from the conventions and that redefines driving fun and freedom of mobility. Drivers wanted. Seriously!