The 2019 Vanderhall Carmel Roadster improves on the previous Venice design. The three-wheel automobile-motorcycle—“autocycle”—hybrid shares a lot in common with its predecessor, but it adds in a few updates and conveniences previously unseen. The Carmel Roadster has a removable roof. The canvas cap shade remains a bit of a mystery as photos of the addition are hard to come by. What’s not a mystery is the addition of swing-out doors, making entry and exit simpler.
The Carmel is a two-seater and looks to be a tight squeeze, though the bucket seats should keep you comfortable enough. The luxury aspect of the roadster comes with the addition of heat, heated seats, a Bluetooth-enabled sound system, LED lighting, a wooden steering wheel, and V-Tex upholstery. Wheel size is bumped up to 19 inches, and bigger four-piston brakes have been added. The Carmel also features traction control and electric power steering.
The engine for the Carmel is an aluminium block turbocharged 1.5-liter inline-four from General Motors. With 20 more horsepower than the Venice, the Carmel is capable of 200 horsepower and 203 lb-ft of torque. According to Vanderhall, the Carmel has a 0-100 time of 4.5 seconds and can hit a top speed of 138 miles per hour.