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VW branches out to 2 wheelers?

 
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Spectre_USA



Joined: 21 Apr 2008
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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2008 12:15 pm    Post subject: VW branches out to 2 wheelers? Reply with quote

How cool is this?

http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/news/autoexpressnews/221814/vw_eyes_shock_motorbike_move.html

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VW eyes shock motorbike move
German giant gets in the saddle as it plans first-ever motorcycle.



Car giant Volkswagen is getting on its bike to produce this: its first-ever motorcycle.

The company is set to team up with Austrian motorbike manufacturer KTM to develop the two-wheeler. And our picture shows how the new machine is likely to look.

KTMs first attempt at a road car, the track-biased X-Bow, was developed with help from VWs engineers, and even makes use of the 2.0-litre turbo from the Audi TT. So tapping into KTMs motorcycle know-how to build this bike is an ideal way to repay the favour!

The two-wheeler would pitch VW head-to-head with fellow German giant BMW, which is already established in the motorcycle industry.

But its not only the bike market that VW is looking to muscle in on: it sees potential in three wheels, too. Cast your mind back to the 2006 Los Angeles Motor Show, and you might recall the GX-3 concept. It now looks as though production of the firms wacky motorbike/car hybrid could be back on the agenda.

The vehicle stunned showgoers with a combination of space-age styling and top performance credentials, although bosses deemed the legal hurdles of selling the trike as a motorcycle and the damage that it could do to VWs credibility as a car maker too significant to give it the green light. However, they have now said that if the firm was to produce motorcycles as well as cars in the future, the GX-3 could justifiably make it to production.

And the three-wheeler could be just the vehicle driving enthusiasts of the future are looking for. As it has a lightweight chassis, a frugal 125bhp 1.6-litre engine would provide searing performance and all this with the ground-hugging stance of a roadster and the manoeuvrability of a motorbike.

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jengel451



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Location: Greenacres, WA (yeah, like the show)

PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2008 12:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like an MCN article. That's a crazy amount of photo shopping right there, I spy about 4 or 5 different manufacturers bikes on that one.
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Spectre_USA



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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2008 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, as it is 100% photoshopped, I tend to agree! Very Happy

I think it needs more VW badges, tho...

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mdmatt73



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2008 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with Spectre, the bikes definatly needs more VW badges. Nice looking bike though. I would own one!
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