This Benz Folds Like A...Bike

July 8, 2009

The latest vehicle from Mercedes-Benz doesn't depend on a tough safety cage to protect its passenger--and it doesn't have anything modified by AMG, unless it happens to run into a tuned Benz as it strays from the bicycle path.

It's the latest version of the Mercedes-Benz Folding Bike, one of the handful of two-wheelers made by luxury brands to hook their clients for another couple grand, while simultaneously giving them a way to reduce their personal carbon footprint.

It shares some elements with Benz road cars: there's an eight-speed "clutchless transmission" (gears, we assume), disc brakes and an independent suspension, along with Continental tires. It also does some of the funky things you'll see with the 2009 SLK or SL-Class roadsters: it folds up on itself, in this case, so it can slot into the teensy trunks provided to owners of those convertibles. Unlike the Mercedes road cars, it has a gel seat to ensure delivery of future generations of clients.

Available in the U.K. at this writing, with no plans to sell it in America, the Folding Bike comes in Silver Arrows silver or icy white, and costs about $1750. Mercedes also offers a mountain bike, a racing bike and a trekking bike if your tastes run to off-roading. Can skid plates and 2MATIC be far behind?

Mercedes-Benz bicycle

Mercedes-Benz bicycle

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