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There’s a good chance your first ride was a tricycle. And there should be no mystery as to why they’re so popular: They combine the simplicity and maneuverability of a two-wheeled vehicle with the stability of a four-wheeled vehicle. Trikes are pretty much the optimum mobility solution for tykes on the go.
But what about the transportation needs of adults? Sadly, three-wheelers get pushed to the periphery for us mature audiences. However, trikes seem to be experiencing a bit of a renaissance among designers and manufacturers. This group of three-wheeler true believers includes the Australian firm Design+Industry, which has unveiled the racy looking Strike Trike seen here.
Pickup trucks, by design, are beasts of burden. They usually give up things like a cushy ride, fuel economy that won’t give a Greenpeace member facial tics and handling that doesn’t resemble that of a Panamax container ship in exchange for the ability to carry large amounts of cargo. Again, that’s usually the case.
Sometimes, though, automakers get a little sauced, and instead of putting a lampshade on their heads, they ask themselves, “What if we made a high performance version of our pickup truck?” It’s happened more times than you might think; enough times, in fact, to warrant the following top 10 list.
There’s a decidedly worn out saying claiming it’s better to burn out than to fade away. Pontiac, arguably the most lamented casualty of GM’s bankruptcy, was mercifully able to go out with a bang by way of the slick G8 sedan (and, to a lesser extent, the Solstice roadster and good-luck-finding-one coupe). Basically a re-grilled, left-hand-drive version of Australia’s popular Holden Commodore, the G8 was a mid- to full-size, rear-drive sedan offered with a choice of a V6 or two V8s, though only the top V8 – the 6.2L LS3 in the GXP – was available with a stick. Nevertheless, the G8 was brilliant, but with the demise of Pontiac, it was gone from these shores almost as soon as it arrived.
However, this same basic car is still available in other parts of the world. One of those parts is Great Britain, where the Commodore is known as the Vauxhall VXR8. But the revised 2011 edition isn’t just based on any ol’ Commodore; oh no, the new VXR8 is a right cracking motor, gov’nah.