Rewaco RF-1 LT-2 Turbo Malaysia  001

German trike maker Rewaco has been producing trike and trike conversions since 1990, and its RF-1 LT-2 trike has landed in Malaysia. The RF-1 is a three-wheeler with swoopy, out of this world looks, and has a significant amount of road presence.

Powered by a Mitsubishi-derived 4A91T four-cylinder 1.5 litre turbocharged engine, mated to a Punch VT3 CVT gearbox – the same unit which is installed in the Proton Suprima S, Preve and Exora CFE – this trike will turn heads wherever it goes.

Power is claimed to be 140 hp at 6,000 rpm, with torque quoted at 210 Nm at 2500 rpm. The weight of the RF-1 is 705 kg, and seats two. There is also a three-seater version available.

The transversely mounted engine fits tightly under the bodywork, and an intercooler sits up top, with a small electric fan for cooling during stops. The CVT gearbox is hidden deep in the recesses of the engine bay.

The RF-1 you see here is a prototype for the Malaysian market, and is currently undergoing type certification and inspection. It certainly is imposing, with a length of 3550 mm and a width of 1880 mm. This is, in comparison, the same physical footprint as the Perodua Axia.

Riding the RF-1 is easy, there are only two controls – throttle and foot-brake. Without the worry of having to balance the trike or putting your feet down at stops, anyone can learn to ride the RF-1 in minutes. The gearbox selector sits on the ‘tank’ between the rider’s legs, and is marked with the usual CVT markings, instantly familiar to anyone who drives a car.

There are three storage areas on the RF-1, two sidepods on either side of the passenger seat, and a rear trunk that functions exactly like a car’s.

The RF-1 is imported by Punch Powertrain Malaysia. Punch is currently looking for distributor partners in Malaysia for the Rewaco range of trikes and bike conversions. The RF-1 is sold in the US for an approximate price of USD45,000 (RM196,000).

What do you think? Would you ride one on Malaysian roads? Leave a comment with your thoughts and opinions.