The New Elio from Elio Motors - An 84 MPG 3 Wheeled Two Seater
At first look, the New Elio from Elio Motors looks like something that just came from the concept car section from one of our big auto shows this year. First things first, is it real? Can you take this little "car" seriously?
We did a little bit of investigation and so far, it looks somewhat plausible. This little 3-wheeled machine is powered by a 3-cylinder .88L 55hp, 55lbft torque engine with automatic and manual trans options.
They brag that the Elio can reach up to 100 mph. The car houses an 8 Gallon fuel tank venturing into 84 miles per gallon at 672 miles per a tank.
*UPDATE* VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES, JEROME VASSALLO TALKS WITH JEFF AND TOM ON THE RADIO SHOW. FIND THE PODCAST AND AUDIO HERE!
On paper, the Elio looks pretty good.
- 3 Wheels
- Fully functional independent suspension
- Reinforced Roll Cage
- 84 MPG
- 3 Air Bags
- 2 Seater
- A/C & Heating
- Anti-lock ABS Brakes
- 3 Year / 36,000 Mile Warranty
- American Made
- Projected 5 Star Safety Rating
- $6,800.00 Price Tag
The Elio was designed to look futuristic but sporty; frankly, I have no comment on what I think about its looks, it's the Safety Rating, Performance and Price that catches my eye.
If you remember, we wrote about the IIHS (Insurance Institute of Highway Safety ) results on all of the new tiny little compact cars. The Honda Fit and The Fiat 500 having the worst ratings.
The other issue, will the little car go when you step on the gas pedal? Sure 84 MPG sounds great, but will the little car bring confidence when trying to hop on the interstate?
If these things pull through, and the Elio really is the 5 Star Safe & Peppy little machine that it's being advertised as, then automakers better watch out. Now days, consumers have to practically take out a second mortgage on their home to buy a car, or choose between a home or a car. In 1974 you could buy a base model Volkswagen beetle for $2,000. Now, a base model VW Beetle starts around $21,000. Granted; Safety, Technology, Reliability and Comfort have come a LONG way. But the new Elio just starts at $6800 bucks. As of right now, if we had to choose a 3 wheeled 'car', it would be the Aero 3S. But then again, is that practical? It's only $75,000.
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