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Body style: Hatchback
Segment: Compact

While some carmakers were trying to open their plants in China, the Italian company DR Motor Company had the idea to do the other way around and re-badged Chinese cars built in Europe.

Massimo Di Risio founded DR Motor in 2006, imported knock-down kits from China, and assembled them in Macchia d'Isernia, in Italy. Some parts were produced in Europe, and the final products were available at some supermarkets. That business idea paid off, and thanks to their very low price, the sales started to pick-off with the DR1 model, which was a re-badged Cherry QQ. DR Motor introduced the DR2 model at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show based on the Cherry A1 model.

With a design that might create a mixed feeling of sadness and disappointment, the DR2 showed a front fascia with angled headlights and a very narrow grille crossed by a chromed horizontal slat. In the lower bumper, the carmaker installed a reversed trapezoidal trim that surrounded a mesh-grille. From the A-pillars to the back, the rest of the car resembled the DR1, or the Chevrolet Spark, while the taillights looked like they were inspired by the Tata Nano or the Fiat Punto or both.

The cabin was big enough for up to five passengers, although only three skinny ones could sit in the back. Its plastic dashboard sported silver trims for the vents, the instrument cluster, and the center stack.

DR installed a 1.3-liter gasoline engine under the DR2's hood. The Italian carmaker offered the vehicle an option for LPG to cut fuel costs and increase the range.

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  1 gasoline engine
  • 1.3 5MT (83 HP)
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DR MOTOR dr2 Brochure 2012

DR MOTOR dr2 1.3 5MT (83 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.3 5MT (83 HP)
Cylinders
4 In-Line
Displacement
1297 cm3
Power
61 KW @ 6000 RPM
83 HP @ 6000 RPM
82 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
85 lb-ft @ 4500 RPM
115 Nm @ 4500 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
97 mph (156 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
12 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5 speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/55R15
DIMENSIONS
Length
145.7 in (3701 mm)
Width
62.1 in (1577 mm)
Height
60.1 in (1527 mm)
Wheelbase
94.1 in (2390 mm)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2138 lbs (970 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3131 lbs (1420 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
31.4 mpg US (7.5 L/100Km)
Highway
52.3 mpg US (4.5 L/100Km)
Combined
42 mpg US (5.6 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
129 g/km
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