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Elio Motors $6,800 Three-Wheel Car to be at CES

by Kenny Hoeschen
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  • Powertrain: 3-cylinder, 0.9-liter, 55hp engine
  • 0-to-60 Time (secs): 9.6 secs.
  • City/Hwy/Combined MPG: 84 mpg (hwy)
  • Wheelbase (in): 110 in.
  • Total Length (in): 160.5 in.
  • Base Price (USD): $6,800

Elio Motors will be showing off their first production vehicle, a three-wheel car that is expected to sell for just $6,800, at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Founded by engineering executive Paul Elio in 2008, Elio Motors is targeting people who might not otherwise shop for a new car.

The car’s design is focused on safety, performance and economy, all of which they claim to have addressed. The three-wheel vehicle goes 0-to-60 mph in less than 9.6 seconds and yet gets 84 miles per gallon from its 3-cylinder, 0.9-liter, 55 horsepower engine. The car is also expected to achieve a 5-star crash rating. The car has two seats and they have tested it with a driver as tall as 6’8″ which was not a problem.

The company plans to begin offering it for sale in 2014. As of this writing, the company already has 6,342 people who have put down from $100 to $1,000 to reserve their Elio. Color options include True Blue, Rocket Silver, Red Hot, Licorice, Creamsicle, Sour Apple and Marshmallow. Seriously.

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