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Covini C6W: The 6-wheeled "supercar" you probably tried to forget

21w ago

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Covini was founded in 1978 in Italy and began producing prototypes in the early 80s.

In 1981, Covini Engineering unveiled the B24 turbocooler at the Geneva Auto Show. The B24 was a mid-engined "berlinetta" (2+2 coupe) with a 2,4-litre diesel and it was the first diesel ever with a top speed exceeding 200 kph (124 mph).

Covini kept on building interesting prototypes for about two decades like the one they introduced at the 1998 Turin Motor Show, the first diesel car that could reach 300 kph (186 mph).

It was all good and jolly until, in 2005 at Geneva, Covini unveiled the Covini C6W. I don't want to be rude and express my opinions in an excessively heated manner so I'm just going to say that this... car was "aesthetically challenged".

The body was made of carbon fibre and glass, it only weighed just over a ton and it had a 4,2L Audi V8 with 433 HP but the fact of the matter is that everything was eclipsed by the fact that this car had six wheels.

The idea of putting six wheels on a car has been used and re-used over and over again, including recently the Mercedes G-Class but the Covini was not a glorified off-roader or a bus or a van, it was a supercar. Supercars are supposed to be quick, agile and good-looking, so I honestly don't know how, or why, anyone would think this was a good idea.

Only a handful were made, for about $400k a pop, so I won't blame if you forgot this car ever existed.

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