If you’re the type of gearhead who needs a constant infusion of the latest, greatest motorized toys nobody’s ever heard of, GG Quad has a four-wheeled fix for you.
The brainchild of Swiss engineer and motorcycle dealer Walter Grüter, GG Quad is a four-wheeled plaything for the type of person that might have a Z06 in the garage but is haunted with the need to occasionally rip up the pavement in something a little more unusual.
Powered by an air-cooled, boxer-style 1,150cc BMW motorcycle engine that pumps out 95 horsepower, the GG features an impressive power-to-weight ratio of 231 hp/ton, thanks to a billet aluminum chassis and lightweight components such as 16- and 17-inch cast aluminum OZ wheels. A stock BMW powertrain includes a Motronic engine control unit that ensures bulletproof reliability and serviceability, while four-piston brakes with full-floating rotors and thick 195mm and 225mm Dunlop SP9000 tires produce quick stops. Gorgeous aluminum suspension components with trapezoidal cross-members highlight the chassis with sexy glints of polished metal, and minimalistic bodywork can be painted to a customer’s request—in anything from mellow earth tones to retina-scorching primaries, and every color or texture in between.
Riding a GG is like motorcycling lite. Clutch, throttle and brakes are in the same place as on a bike, but since you’re afforded the luxury of not having to keep the thing balanced upright, the experience is infinitely chiller. Thanks to the thick tires, it takes a bit of effort to turn the front wheels at low speeds (a reverse gear aids parking), but go faster and turning becomes effortless and addictive. Gun the throttle, and the relatively long gearing rewards you with strong, but not out-of-control acceleration—expect 0-60 mph times in the sub-5-second range. After running through a few of the GG’s six gears (which are engaged via a surprisingly stiff clutch), maneuverability really starts to come alive: at speed, tiny steering inputs translate to big lateral moves, and the added velocity makes the GG incredibly nimble—so much so that it’s easy to over-enthusiastically steer yourself into trouble.