The all-new 2020 Vanderhall Carmel autocycle — available in dealerships now — is an artful blend of performance and open-air luxury. This American-made three-wheeler is hand-built in Vanderhall’s Utah factory using almost entirely U.S.-sourced components and materials. Although the new Carmel shares the patented aluminum monocoque chassis with the company’s flagship Venice model, the Carmel adds doors and a host of other upscale amenities. It is also offered in three different levels: base Blackjack, standard trim, and fully loaded GT.
“The new 2020 Vanderhall Carmel is a response to customer and dealer input we have received since launching our Venice model in 2016,” said Vanderhall marketing director Daniel Boyer. “It adds doors to simplify ingress and egress, plus offers provisions for a removable cap shade. Vanderhall only does one thing: make American-made autocycles. The new Carmel shows that we are constantly evolving.”
All 2020 Vanderhall autocycles have GM-sourced powertrains for reliable performance. The Carmel models use the aluminum-block 1.5L LFV turbocharged inline-four engine. Power is rated at 194 horsepower. The light-weight engine also gives the front-wheel-drive Carmel a road-hugging 75/25 weight distribution.
The turbocharged inline-four engine is mated to the GM 6T40 sequential 6-speed automatic transmission. This gearbox accepts paddle-shifters (standard in the Carmel GT) for clutchless manual shifting. Equal-length half-shafts create a positive on-center steering response.
Other across-the-line Carmel features include rear-hinged (“suicide”) doors and high-performance 4-piston brakes. Cruise control, Bluetooth sound, a heater and heated seats are also standard.
Highlights of the three available 2020 Vanderhall Carmel models:
The fully optioned Carmel is factory-equipped with paddle-shifters and a cap sunshade, which installs between the passenger hoops and windshield. Further, the GT windshield is shorter and sportier than the other two Carmel models. Interior upholstery is tan leather, as are the door panels. Stainless-steel traction plates and dead pedals are also standard. Additional GT equipment includes boost and transmission-gear gauges above and beyond the standard instrumentation. Appearance-wise, the Carmel GT includes a polished 3-in. exhaust system and gloss-black 19-in. 10-spoke wheels. It is available in two exterior colors: Ruby Metallic and Pearl White. MSRP is $43,950.
At an MSRP of $39,950, the standard model is well-appointed, with slightly less content than the GT model. It is offered with machined 19-in. wheels and a choice of two body colors: Vintage Silver Metallic and Poseidon Blue. Upholstery is durable tan V-Tex synthetic material, and the windshield is taller than the GT version. The paddle-shifter and cap shade are available dealer-installed options.
For Vanderhall Carmel customers who would like to add their own entertainment electronics, wheels, and possibly a custom body wrap, Vanderhall offers the Blackjack as a builder’s-level model. Its body and exhaust are both matte black, as are the interior traction plate and dead pedals. Base 18-in. alloy wheels are also included to price the Blackjack at an MSRP of $34,950.