By KYW tech editor Ian Bush
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – It doesn’t look like any other car on the road. That’s what the makers of the Elio say gives it a leg up, even though it’s minus a wheel.
The Elio is technically a motorcycle.
“It has three wheels. Two wheels in front — front-wheel drive,” says Joel Sheltrown.
Sheltrown is with Elio Motors and says it’s a fully-enclosed tandem two-seater:
“One behind the other. That’s one of the secrets to our gasoline mileage of 84mpg: you cut down the wind resistance to the vehicle.”
From the rear, it looks a bit like a slender R2D2; from the side, it appears as a sliver of a sports car — and, at $6,800, it’s a slice of the price:
“You get the feeling sort of like an Indy car, because you’re sitting dead center, and the two wheels are out in front. It’s just fun to drive,” Sheltrown said.
Though with 56 horses trotting it 0-60 in just under 10 seconds, no one will mistake you for an Andretti in an Elio.
Production starts next year, but Sheltrown claims there’s big demand for this tiny car:
“We’re asking people to reserve now if they want a vehicle in 2014.”
The Elio car will be on display at the King of Prussia Mall Tuesday and Wednesday.
Get more details at eliomotors.com.