Meet the Carmel – Is this the coolest 3-wheeler ever?
This rather gorgeous three-wheeler is called the Carmel, and it's made by Vanderhall Motor Works, based in Provo, Utah. The 2020 Carmel is the evolution of the Venice, a weird-looking three-wheeler bike-car thing that Vanderhall built in 2017. You can go out and buy the Carmel today and you probably should.
It's powered by a GM-sourced turbocharged 1.5 L making 194 hp, coupled with a 6-speed automatic gearbox with paddle-shifters. The power is sent through the front wheels whereas the stopping power is provided by four-piston performance brakes. It does 0-60 in 4.5 seconds with a top speed of 138 mph. Daniel Boyer, the company's marketing director, is very pleased with Vanderhall's latest creation saying this is a "response to customer and dealer input and it shows that we're constantly evolving."
It is available in three trim levels, one of which is basically somewhere between a kit car and a DIY car, but they all come with cruise control, Bluetooth and heated seats as standard. The Blackjack base model (the DIY thing) starts at $34,950 and it comes with 18-inch wheels and matte black paint and no electronics so you can install your own (yes, really). Realistically, most customers will go for the Standard Carmel, starting at $39,950, with either Vintage Silver Metallic or Poseidon Blue paint, 19-inch wheels and V-Tex seats.
The GT, pictured, is the most expensive Carmel you can buy, it costs $43,950, and it comes with a shorter windshield, leather interior, stainless-steel pedals, and it is available in two colours, Ruby Metallic or Pearl White.
I'm no big fan of three-wheeled vehicles but this is actually pretty cool. This is the sort of car (or trike? or bike? or whatever) you buy when you already own an SUV and assume you're only going to use it occasionally, and then you end up driving it every day because, well, it looks pretty cool.