Dodge Tomahawk, Fastest, Coolest & Most Non Evironmentally Friendly Motorcycle in the World
October 28, 2013
One look at this motorcycle and you’ll agree that this is the coolest, oddest and maddest motorcycle concept ever! Did you know that this is also the fastest motorcycle in the world?
Introduced last 2003 at North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, the Dodge Tomahawk was a non-street legal concept vehicle in a sleek metallic and chrome body which features 500 hp (370 kW) 8.3-litre (510 cu in) V10 SRT-10 engine. The engine breathes through the twin throttle bodies which are mounted right up in the front.
This viper powered single rider vehicle has two front wheels and two rear wheels making it more like a kind of motorized quadricycle than a motorcycle. These pairs of wheels move independently which allows it to countersteer and lean while turning. Even though it produces 500 horsepower and 525 pound-feet of torque, it only weighs 1500 pounds. And the incredible Art Deco design was the work of Mark Walter, a Chrysler staff designer.
No one is known to attempt to ride this sleek motorcycle to its maximum speed. Initially announced at about 420 mph (680 kph), but later revised to 300 mph (480 kph) and runs on 93 octane unleaded premium.
Joe Teresi of Easyriders magazine, said the estimation must have been based only on horsepower and final drive ratio overlooking other important factors such as frontal area, drag coefficient, and rolling resistance. Phil Patton of New York Times wrote that theoretically Tomahawk can blast from start to 60 miles an hour in 2 and half seconds and reach 300 miles an hour but in practice it’s hard to imagine anyone who is willing to prove it. Teresi mentioned that he doubted Tomahawk could exceed 200 mph for at such high speed, the rider would be lifted off the bike without a streamliner fairing and the four wheel steering would be a problem too.
Currently, there are nine of hand-built examples of Tomahawk sold through Neiman Marcus catalog at a hefty price tag of up to US$555,000. But if you think you can take out this monster bike and flaunt it, then think again. Dodge emphasized that the Tomahawk were meant to be “rolling sculptures”, not intended and legally to be ridden on public roads.
If you are an avid collector of one-of-a-kind automobiles, got lots of extra cash and have some private roads, this is the premium collectible worth buying for.