Well the mystery is over and the name is the Can Am Spyder. The unidentified 3 wheeler we wrote about in December, identified in comments as coming from Bombardier is, in fact, exactly that. Specifically, it's a 2008 B.R.P. Can-Am Spyder Grand Sport Roadster and it will be introduced to dealers this Friday in San Diego.
Power comes from a 106-horsepower Rotax V-twin.
There will be two transmission choices: with a five-speed manual, the price is $14,999; with a five-speed sequential gearbox that deletes the clutch lever from the handlebars, the price is $16,499. The prices include electric power steering, a reverse gear and antilock brakes.
The Spyder will go on sale this fall in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Wisconsin and Virginia, as well as the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec. By next January, nine more states will be added as well as France and Spain.
I think this could do very well. Their target market is 35 to 40 year old males although I think a much wider range of riders will find this appealing. If market response is good, expect other companies to jump into the 3 wheeler segment. My hat's off to Can Am for being the first to get their 3 wheeler on the road.
UPDATE: Can-Am Spyder Details
Link: NY Times
Photo: by Colin Archer for The New York Times
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