The three-wheel experience begs exploration by driving enthusiasts, because vehicles such as the new Vanderhall Venice—which rides on a trio of 18-inch aluminum wheels—offer the exhilaration of a motorcycle with greater stability and protection. The Venice’s steering response is instantaneous, making curvy roads a delight. But even straight, open highway is an adventure when the road rushes by so close to the cockpit.
The Venice, which is constructed in Provo, Utah, and priced from just under $30,000, is built on a light and strong aluminum chassis. The chassis cradles a General Motors–sourced 1.4-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine that produces 180 hp and emits a throaty growl. It’s paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The formed composite body wraps the machine and has a slightly retro look—think Lotus 7. The Venice weighs just 1,375 pounds dry, creating a high power-to-weight ratio that enables an impressive zero-to-60-mph time of 4.5 seconds.
The twin bucket seats are comfortable and accommodate large frames. The roll hoops behind each seat enhance safety, and the presence of a full-size windscreen makes piloting the Venice a civilized affair. A toasty heater and a 600-watt Bluetooth sound system add to the vehicle’s refinement.