It’s got four wheels, but clearly, it’s not a car. It’s got handlebars and a saddle, but it’s not really a motorcycle. Dodge designers pushed all the traditional boundaries aside when they built the 2003 Tomahawk, creating what might be the wildest Dodge concept vehicle ever.
The Tomahawk is built around a 8.3-liter Viper V10 engine and not much else, with the aluminum cylinder block serving as a major part of the chassis. Curb weight is only 1500 lbs and with 500 horsepower churning the twin rear wheels, the machine’s power-to-weight ratio borders on the ridiculous. The 0-60 mph performance was quoted at 2.5 seconds, while the top speed is a purely theoretical 400 mph. As one journalist noted, “Since Evel Knievel retired, it’s hard to imagine anyone willing to prove it.”
Unusual engineering features include the dual center-hub steering, the four custom-made Dunlop 20-inch tires, and a hydral-link lockable hydraulic parking stand. What looks like a pair of headlights is actually the dual-blade throttle body for the monster engine, while the lighting is nestled down between the twin front wheels. The machine’s overall theme has been described as “rolling sculpture.”
With such extreme engineering and performance and no immediate connection to production Dodge vehicles, it’s fair to ask just why the Tomahawk was built. “The Dodge brand philosophy always challenges us to grab life by the horns,” says Trevor Creed, Senior Vice President of Design. ”In the case of Tomahawk, grabbing and holding onto anything for dear life is a necessity. It’s just that extreme and passionate; a glimpse into the soul and commitment of true enthusiasts.” One thing for sure about the Tomahawk: There will never be another machine quite like it.
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