Editor's note: Pricing and model photos have been updated since this story originally appeared in the print edition of Powersports Business. We'll be learning more about the company in the coming months. — Dave
Vanderhall targets high-performance crowd
Powersports Business has learned that Vanderhall Motor Works has begun production of the Laguna Roadster, an exotic autocycle manufactured in Provo, Utah, for 2016. At $49,950 for the Laguna, and $29,000 for a yet-to-be released, cafe-racer-styled model, Vanderhall seeks to provide exclusivity with the limited production Laguna and performance through a higher volume model, with racing inspired maneuverability, braking and acceleration. The autocycle segment is growing, and Vanderhall seeks to fill the void of exclusive, high-performance options within this market.
“It has been a long and passionate process, and we are excited to have a product that will truly brings smiles and garners attention. The design is timeless and will provoke admirers for many years; an instant classic, that’s what I feel we’ve created,” president and founder Steve Hall said.
An autocycle is a three-wheeled vehicle, generally with two wheels in front and one wheel in back. While technically registered as motorcycles in most states, autocycles provide a unique and creative platform that opens many options for design characteristics that are otherwise heavily regulated with automotive production. Vanderhall is actively seeking qualified powersports dealers for distribution.
Vanderhall’s design focuses on retro-modern influences with high performance and comfort included as key underpinnings. The patented mono-aluminum chassis creates a low center of gravity that helps keep cornering sticky and skid pad performance similar to of a sports car.
The 1.4-liter turbo engine is factory tuned to 200 horses and 200 foot-pounds of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission with a selectable manual paddle shift translates the power to the wheels.
Performance is further aided by exclusively using carbon fiber for all body, dash and accessory panels; this keeps weight down to 1,550 pounds dry.