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Would You Buy The Weirdest Car Ever For $6,800?

We think Jeremy Clarkson would pick this over a Reliant Robin.

In case the chic Fiat 500 is too mainstream for you, Arizona-based Elio motors has an answer: use a smaller engine, eliminate one wheel, and drop the price to a manageable $6,800. Elio motors have proudly unveiled the P5 in LA and may actually build the car this time, unlike its conceptual predecessors. The goal that the company is aiming for is to build a car that will wean the US away from foreign sources of oil and bring manufacturing jobs back to the country. The P5 is even built in an old GM factory!

The car itself is actually classified as a motorcycle, and it is best thought of as a funky looking bike with an enclosure, kind of like the Renault Twizy. It seats two and is powered by a 0.9-liter engine developed in partnership with a company named IAV. The engine will propel the tiny car from 0-60 miles per hour in 9.6 seconds, top out a little above 100 mph, and return 84 miles per gallon on the freeway. The whacky design of the car is due to the pursuit of upmost aerodynamic slipperiness and this dictated the arrow-like shape of the car as well as the covers on the front wheels. If being normal is too mainstream for you, then you may only need to wait until 2016 to pick up your own P5.

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