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Six-Wheeled Supercar Gets Real

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On: Wed, Dec 8, 2010 at 3:10PM | By: Chris Weiss

Six-Wheeled Supercar Gets Real

Yes, six wheels. No typo. The Covini C6W isn't exactly a stranger to supercar circles. It's been in development for the past 32 years and is based upon a race car from the 1970s—the 1976 Tyrell P34 race car. However, between its odd, six-wheel stance and its three decades worth of slogging through development, we would have thought the Covini would never move past the prototype stages. Only it has. Finally. After a variety of delayed production launches, Covini is finally ready to give the world what it [doesn't] desires: a 430-hp, six-wheeled supercar.

The C6W is powered by a 433-hp 4.2-liter V8 Audi engine from the R8. No such luck if you're looking for a full-six of all-wheel drive, only the rear wheels connect to the engine. A six-speed manual funnels that Audi power to the one normal-looking axle.

So, it's hard to avoid it any longer: why six wheels? Well, surprisingly enough, the wheels don't seem to offer any real advantages in acceleration or top speed departments. Surprising, because if you're going to make a supercar that ugly, it should at least offer some top-end performance. The 185-mph top speed isn't exactly worth the angry and incredulous stares, in my opinion.

What the extra pair of wheels does offer, according to Covini, is a firmer grip on the pavement, fewer problems with tires deflating (always a big concern on my supercar), less chance of hydroplaning, better braking, and a more comfortable, stable drive.

Gotta be honest; I don't think that list really justifies a derivative-as-hell (albeit elongated) car planted on six wheels. But I'm sure a few someones will disagree.

Covini used the Racing Professional Motor Show in Bologna as a launch pad for production.

Covini also announced that it will be building a diesel supercar and a third unspecified model. We're not sure if those will also have six wheels or a more conventional four, but given Covini's past timeframe for getting a car to market, we're not exactly on the edge of our seats waiting to find out, either.

See if some video of the C6W on the track can change or confirm your opinions about it.

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