Niche automaker Vanderhall Motorworks just launched its new Venice, a unique American-made two-seat three-wheeler powered by a potent 1.4-litre turbocharged engine and sure to turn heads.

Based in Provo, Utah, Vanderhall has designed the handbuilt Venice to stretch its legs on wide-open American roads. Its 1.4-litre is capable of propelling the diminutive three-wheeler to 100 km/h in under five seconds, going on to a governed top-speed of 209 km/h.

Occupants sit only 11 centimeters off the ground, exaggerating the sense of speed from the cockpit.

The Venice rides on a frame not dissimilar from that of a Campagna or Can-Am, but clad in carbon-composite bodywork for weight savings.

Those looking to enjoy lurid three-wheeled powerslides ought to look elsewhere as the Venice is front-wheel drive.

While the concept and wooden steering wheel is rather old-school – think wooden-framed Morgan – the Venice is equipped with modern technologies including LED headlamps, heated seats, and a 600-watt high-fidelity audio system.

The Venice starts at $29,950 USD in the U.S. market, and is accompanied by more pricey and luxurious three-wheelers in the Vanderhall lineup.

Vanderhall has not announced Canadian availability as of this writing.

The Vanderhall Laguna – a stablemate to the Venice – can be seen in action in the video below.

(Vanderhall)