A year ago, UK-based Boxer Cycles launched the Rocket, a unique, child-carrying electric trike styled like a classic aircraft. This year, it adds an even more stylish, luxurious version, the Rocket Saturn. Like a special edition car, the new trike enjoys both styling and performance upgrades.
From a performance standpoint, the Rocket Saturn is upgraded with a Go SwissDrive electric powertrain. The rear hub motor offers the same 250 to 500 watts as the standard Rocket bike's motor, but this e-drive includes a torque sensor for more seamless electric pedal-assist performance. The system also includes a removable color LCD display with Bluetooth smartphone connection and a slightly larger-capacity 15 Ah 36 V battery.
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The new Saturn also gets a major cosmetic overhaul. On the outside, a new metallic red "candy" paint covers up the natural metal look of the standard Rocket. Boxer promises that the paint looks especially gorgeous when sparkling under natural sunlight. Inside, the Saturn's cockpit is upholstered in leather for the luxurious, supple feel and aromatic smell of a premium car.
Beyond those new additions, the Rocket Saturn is a uniquely stylish trike just like the original. It's designed to seat four children on its two reclining benches and includes a full lighting system, lockable nosecone storage, horn, USB port for gadget charging and removable rain cover. It has seven speeds and shares the same component set, including Tektro front and rear hydraulic disc brakes, Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires and a Brooks B33 saddle.
The Rocket wasn't cheap to begin with, and the premium additions of the Saturn trim certainly don't make it any cheaper. At £7,500 (approx. US$10,400), its appeal is sure to be limited to a very select type of buyer, just like a limited edition version of a high-end car. The Rocket Saturn buyer will be getting one of the most interesting and memorable trikes on the road, though, and is sure to attract many a look and conversation.
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