Classic German Messerschmitt Microcar Recreated With Modern PowerGas and electric versions of the new Kabinenroller can be yours for the price of a used Nissan.See all 19 photosAaron GoldWordsMay 10, 2021
We’ll soon be able to travel again, so in case you’re planning your first excursion, we have a suggestion: Go to Europe and buy a new Messerschmitt Kabinenroller! A German outfit called Messerschmitt-Werke has a new, slightly-modernized version of everyone’s favorite mid-century motorcycle-adjacent deathtrap, now with modern gasoline and electric power.
The new Messerschmitt is available in two versions, both featuring a fiberglass body over a steel-aluminum honeycomb chassis. The KR-202, shown in the photos, gets a 125-cc single-cylinder fuel-injected engine that produces just over 7 hp. With the help of its CVT automatic transmission, the KR-202 will get the two intrepid adults and one child squeezed into its cabin to a top speed of 56 mph. Such performance is a bit off the original KR-200—191cc, 9.9 hp, 67 mph.
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Want to go greener? No problem! Messerschmitt-Werke also offers the E-KR5000, a battery powered version with a 6.7-hp electric motor, good for the same 56 mph. Range is about 50 miles on a charge, and you can double that with an optional second battery.
The neu Messerschmitt has all modern conveniences, including hydraulic brakes for all three wheels, adjustable dampers, and lights that meet modern (European) standards. How does it handle? Check out this video of a KR-202 puttering around the track—and don’t miss the bit at 1:03 when the driver lifts the inside wheel…
Ready to buy? Pricing starts at €10,950,00 for the KR-202 and €12,950,00 for the KR E-5000 (around $13,300 and $15,720 respectively) plus options and taxes. You’ll have to go pick it up at the factory, of course; the good news is that they’re being built in Malaga, Spain, and we can think of few lovelier places to try out your new microcar. Driving one of these on American roads would probably be suicidal, but what a way to go!