Dodge Tomahawk is a Viper V-10 based motorcycle, a 500 horsepower engine with
four wheels beneath it.
sold the original Tomahawk concept and nine replicas for up to $555,000
(R3,441,000) each. The motorcycles cannot be licensed (says who?), so they
cannot be legally driven on public roads (maybe they can in South Africa). A
Chrysler spokesman told Redline they were meant as rolling sculptures (works of
had the Tomahawk selling for under $200,000 (R1,240,000), most likely at a loss
or breakeven price, for publicity purposes - but still fully drivable. Wolfgang
Bernhard, Chrysler's not particularly respected first mate, was said to be
enthusiastic about that project, so much so that hundreds were projected to be
built at under $200,000 each. They reportedly cost Chrysler over $100,000
(R620,000) to build (admittedly the work is outsourced). This (and the skill
required to test drive one) makes a review of the Tomahawk difficult (put me
on one and I'll show them how it's done - Kenn).
Dodge Tomahawk can reach 100 kph in about 2.5 seconds, and has a theoretical top
speed of nearly 640 kph. Each pair of wheels is separated by a few inches and
each wheel has an independent suspension. Bernhard said four wheels were
necessary to handle the power from the engine.
The Tomahawk remains on display at auto shows - though well out of reach of the general public, elevated on a special display.
500 bhp (372 kW) @ 5600 rpm (60.4 bhp/liter) Torque: 712 Nm @ 4200 rpm
8277 cc, 90-degree V10 , liquid-cooled
356-T6 aluminum alloy block with cast-iron liners, aluminum alloy cylinder heads
Bore x Stroke: 102.4 x 100.6 mm
Two pushrod-actuated overhead valves per cylinder with roller-type hydraulic lifters
Sequential, multi-port electronic fuel injection with individual runners
Compression Ratio: 9.6:1
Max Engine Speed: 6000 rpm
Fuel Requirement: Unleaded premium, 93 octane
Oil System: Dry Sump; takes 8 quarts Mobil1 10W30 Synthetic
Cooling System: Twin aluminum radiators mounted atop engine intake manifolds, force-fed from front-mounted, belt-driven turbine fan. Takes 11 quarts of antifreeze.
Exhaust System: Equal-length tubular stainless steel headers with dual collectors and central rear outlets
single-sided parallel upper and lower control arms made from polished billet
aluminum. Mounted via ball joint to aluminum steering uprights and hubs. Five
degrees caster. Single, fully adjustable centrally located coil-over damper
(2.25-inch coil with adjustable spring perch); pullrod and rocker-actuated mono
linkage. Center-lock racing-style hubs
box-section steel inboard swing arms, incorporating "hydral-link"
lockable recirculating hydraulic circuit parking stand. Single fully adjustable
centrally located Koni coil-over damper (2.25-inch coil with adjustable spring
perch); pushrod and rocker-actuated mono linkage. Center-lock racing-style hubs
perimeter-mounted drilled machined stainless steel rotors, one per wheel. Two
four-piston fixed aluminum calipers per wheel (16 pistons total), custom
designed. Blue anodized caliper finish. Hand-activated.
20-inch perimeter-mounted drilled cast-iron rotors, one per wheel. One four-piston fixed aluminum caliper per wheel (8 pistons total), custom designed. Blue anodized caliper finish. Foot-activated.
kph: 2.5 seconds (est.)
Top Speed: 300+ mph (est.) (over 485 kph)
102 inches (2590 mm)
Width: 27.7 inches (704 mm)
Height: 36.9 inches (938 mm)
Wheelbase: 76 inches (1930 mm)
Seat Height: 29 inches (737 mm)
Weight: 1,500 lbs. (682 kg)
Track, Front: 8.75 in
Track, Rear: 10 in
Weight Dist: 49F/51R
Ground Clearance: 3 in (75 mm)
Fuel: 3.25 gallons (15 liters)
Battery: Leak-resistant, maintenance-free 600 CCA
Lighting: Headlights consist of 12 five-watt LEDs, front, with beam-modifying optics and masked lenses. Eight LEDs, rear. Headlamps articulate with wheels.
two-speed, sequential racing-style with dog ring, straight-cut gears
Gear Ratios: 1st 18:38; 2nd 23:25
Clutch: Double-disc, dry-plate with organic friction materials, hand lever actuated with assist
Final drive: Dual 110-link motorcycle-style chains
Sprockets: 14 teeth
Rear Sprockets: 35 teeth
centrally mounted engine, rear-wheel drive layout; monocoque construction,
engine is central, stressed member. Body of billet aluminum.
hub center type steering.
Steering Linkage: Rocker arm and push/pull rod with roller bearings. Polished billet aluminum steering yoke with turned aluminum grips and billet levers
Steering Lock: 20 degrees, left and right
Lean Angle: 45 degrees, left and right
and Material: Billet aluminum discs, asymmetrical
Size, Front (2): 20x4
Size, Rear (2): 20x5
Tyres Manufacturer and Model: Dunlop custom-made
Size, Front (2): P120/60R-20
Size, Rear (2): P150/50R-20
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