2007 Geneva Auto Show – Geneva’s Hot Models

Exotic Eye Candy Pervades The Geneva Auto Show, Where Even The Smallest Automakers Vamp It Up Like The Big Boys.
Rinspeed eXasis
No Geneva auto show is complete without a seriously weird concept from Rinspeed, and the Swiss company didn’t disappoint this year. The eXasis, which resembles an Ariel Atom encased in plastic, is a tandem-seat roadster built in celebration of Rinspeed’s thirtieth anniversary. The 1654-pound car uses an aluminum tube frame and is propelled by an ethanol-slurping, 150-hp, 750-cc two-cylinder engine connected to a six-speed sequential manual. The company claims 0-to-62-mph acceleration of 4.8 seconds and a maximum velocity of 130 mph. Rinspeed’s production models are usually based on existing vehicles-the Chopster was a modified -so the likelihood of the eXasis being built is less than zero. Too bad.

Rinspeed means goofy-looking cars with an underlying rationale that makes sense-if you adopt the company’s skewed point of view. Transparent polycarbonate skin reduces weight, provides strength . . . and confuses observers. A tiny two-cylinder engine and tandem seating recall cyclecars of a hundred years ago. It truly looks like it would be great fun to drive on a holiday beachfront, but as regular transportation-no thanks.

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