It's a quadricycle – the Bajaj Qute car that has South Africa in a frenzy

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Bajaj Qute is the latest car to take South Africa by storm.
Bajaj Qute is the latest car to take South Africa by storm.
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No, it is not R4500 and the instalment will set you back more than R150. 

The Bajaj Qute has South Africans in a frenzy. Where can they buy it, how many can they buy in one go and how fast is it?

These are some of the questions interested South Africans have been asking since the 'car' went viral. 

Memes started spreading, some called it the car they can carry around. But what is it and how much is it really?

The Bajaj Qute retails at R75 000 and it is currently available in Madagascar, Mozambique, and South Africa.

The Qute is not legally classified as a car but a quadricycle and cannot be legally sold in India, where it was made.

The Bajaj Qute is a rear-engine, four-passenger quadricycle manufactured by Indian company Bajaj Auto

The engine comes with a 5-speed sequential gearbox. It can carry four passengers at a time, including the driver.

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It can do 70 kmph of top speed, it comes with a 216.6cc CNG and LPG engines and produces a peak power figure of 13.2 PS.  

Bajaj owners claim the Qute can do 36 km to a litre of gasoline and emits 37% lesser carbon emission than the smallest car on sale in India.

However, even with all these green features, the Qute is not road legal in India, which is why it's found in other countries. 

There have been many concerns about the car’s safety and whether it would be compatible with other cars on the road. The car is currently not sold at any car dealership but rather through an order and deliver system provided by Bajaj- South Africa.

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