Top Gear vs mutant trike
Crazy part-car-part-bike Can-Am Spyder is a quick, curious and massively entertaining plaything. We love it
Posted: 26 Oct 2010
Power comes from a 990cc motorcycle engine. A particularly meaty one that sounds like a Corvette GT1 racer might through earmuffs. It redlines at 9,500rpm and sends 106bhp to the back wheel via a belt drive. That's an average amount of power by bike standards, but enough to get to 60mph in 4.5 seconds. You can choose from a motorcycle-style clutch with foot-operated gearshift, or a press-button auto for the less ambidextrous. Bike rookies are better off with the latter, which shifts gears like a flappy-paddled car.
Under the buglike body there's a whole load of safety stuff, including stability control with yaw sensors that monitor slippage and squirminess, and work with the ABS brakes to cut or add power when necessary. So it will let you spin up the back wheel, then tidy things up if you get too exuberant.