• Sep 11th 2006 at 12:07PM
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UPDATE: Chrysler
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Who could forget the Tomahawk concept bike that debuted at the 2003 North American International Auto Show? I was present at the show and standing right next to monstrous motorcycle as then DaimlerChrysler COO Wolfgang Bernhard swung his leg over the 8.0-liter V10 engine and turned it on. The aural assault from a completely exposed Viper engine is something you don't easily forget. Word is coming out of Edmunds' Straightline blog now that the Tomahawk, which is essentialy the Viper V10 with four skinny wheels and a handlebar, is going into limited production as a Chrysler model. The 500-horsepower Chrysler Tomahawk will likely cost at least $250,000, though that number's not official and we don't know how many will be built.

Large high resolution gallery and video of the Tomahawk being ridden can be found after the jump.

[Source: Straightline Blog]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 9 Years Ago
      As long as it's not street legal, I say: knock yourself out!
      • 9 Years Ago
      Build it or not, the marketing guys sure have you guys talking.

      Sucks to be a victim. ;)

      From an industrial design standpoint it's fantastic, although a bit dated since it's initial release. And as a motivational tool for the engineering and design staff I bet it got a very good return on investment. I say nice work, regardless of the damning from Greg.
      • 9 Years Ago
      There are other videos out there that show the Tomahawk being ridden that are much better at showing the technological innovations in this 'bike'.

      The front and rear wheels do indeed move independant of each other. The bike does corner quite well.

      I personally think that this is a great concept and an incredible demonstration of vehicle design abilitites.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I'm trying to work out what's cooler; 500 horsepower or the fact that you can park this bike without a kickstand.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Chrysler really needs to take a better look at some of the things they are green-lighting. Obviously all my opinion, but the new Sebring is HIDEOUS, no words can describe my feelings for the Nitro, and the Compass is a monstrosity for the Jeep brand and should never have seen the light of day as a Jeep vehicle....and now this.

      I guess it looks pretty cool, for God's sake...leave something like this to a custom chop shop....this is just silliness. Now you're going to blow even more dollars on full-scale production. Chrysler has some great vehicles, but...wow...just, wow.
      • 9 Years Ago
      This looks like it's going to earn some Darwin Awards for a few lucky riders. We've seen enough people lately wrecking their super cars and they're actually protected in those. At $250k those are the same people that are going to buy one of these things (not sure what to call it). They don't even need to be able to balance on two wheels. "The Ultimate Moron-Killing Machine"
      • 9 Years Ago
      The bi-wheels pivots (like // or ) to allow this thing to turn. (I'm not so sure what to call it since it has 4 wheels).

      It is just an oddity. Nothing more. It is pretty lame once you get over the initial "What da f&%#!" factor. However, there's plenty of posers with $$$ will to buy it for that alone.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Has anyone seen this turn? Lane changes don't count...

      It doesn't even look like it's fun to ride, I'll keep my Buell thanks :P

      And for anyone who cares you can already get an 8.2L bike from Boss Hoss. See http://www.bosshoss.com/ for details.

      • 9 Years Ago
      BS No way, not gonna happen.
      • 9 Years Ago
      *cough* ahem.


      In all of the promotional material, the bike is pointed straight forward. The two wheels side-by-side look like they would prevent any sort of leaning seen in normal bikes... and the center of gravity seems to be rather high given to that 8.0 litre V10 so I question it's ability to stay upright...

      it seems like this thing should be taking curves (heck, even highway turns) strapped to a trailer than under it's own motivation.
      • 9 Years Ago
      This simply can't be true. If you've seen the promotional video, the bike isn't capable of turning. Also, Chrysler themselves admit they never drove it faster than about 30mph.

      The first person to buy one of these would open it up and kill themselves at the first corner. I can't see how this story could be true.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This bike is incredible, this is a true reflection of humankind non-imaginary thinking ability, engineering power and skillfull design. thumbs up to these guys.
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