Daimler Chrysler AG is the parent company of the Doge automobile manufacturer. In 2003 they produced a new concept vehicle that took the world by storm, but it wasn’t available for everyone. The Dodge Tomahawk was an amazing vehicle that was built in a strictly limited edition. Here are 10 interesting facts about the Dodge Tomahawk.
1. It was only made for four years
The Dodge Tomahawk was made by Dodge with its first concept revealed at the North American International Auto Show in 2003. The concept car was limited to a total production number of just 9 units and it was made between 2003 through 2006.
2. The Dodge Tomahawk was not legal for street use
This sensational sporty and extremely fast concept car was never put into full production for sale to the public. It was not street legal and no version of it that conformed to regulations for street use was ever made by Dodge.
3. It’s unknown if the Dodge Tomahawk is really a car or a motorcycle
The aesthetics of the Dodge Tomahawk were nothing short of breathtaking. The vehicle featured a striking design that attracted droves of press reporters. It had the appearance of a motorcycle and it has never been fully determined if the vehicle is an automobile or a motorcycle.
4. There are no published road tests on the Tomahawk
There was a controversy over how fast the Dodge Tomahawk can go. It’s made with a powerful 10-cylinder automobile engine in an 8.3-liter size that generates 500 horsepower. It’s the same engine that is used in the super fast Dodge Viper.
5. The Dodge Tomahawk has an unusual design
The design of the Tomahawk is one of the most unusual that we’ve seen. It has the appearance of a motorcycle, yet the engine of an automobile. Although it does have two wheels in front and two in the back, they are independently sprung so the vehicle can lean into corners and just like a motorcycle, it is capable of counter steer.
6. Nieman Marcus sold replicas of the Tomahawk
Although Dodge only made nine examples of the Tomahawk concept vehicle, Nieman Marcus sold replicas of the vehicle. They offered them for sale through their catalog for a whopping $555,000 apiece. It is believed that they sold a total of nine at this price.
7. Dodge made the claim that the top speed could be up to 420 mph
It isn’t that Dodge is making false claims about the Tomahawk, they made a hypothetical estimate of the possibilities. Now that we’ve cleared that up to maintain the good reputation of the automaker, they are basing this claim on the horsepower and gearing of the vehicle. Dodge estimates that the Tomahawk could possibly reach top speeds of between 300 to 420 miles per our, but there have been no published road tests regarding the Tomahawk.
8. Dodge used the Tomahawk for a purpose
The Tomahawk is a concept vehicle that sounds like something out of a science fiction novel with some really tremendous capabilities. In practical application, Dodge calls it a “rolling sculpture” that is not really intended to be ridden. With a price tag of $555,000 it’s more of a museum piece and a novelty than a practical vehicle. This renders it to be something to look at more than something to drive or ride. Although it seems a bit odd, Dodge’s true intention was to stimulate a buzz among the media and send the world the message that Dodge Chrysler is an ambitious and bold company, willing to take risks.
9. The reception of the Tomahawk was critical
When the Tomahawk was introduced it became the object of a fair amount of sarcasm and jokes. The press roasted the vehicle roundly and suggested that anyone who would actually attempt to ride the vehicle would become a candidate for a Darwin Award.
10. The Dodge Tomahawk shows how differently the automobile industry is from motorcycle builders
Experts in motorcycle engineering pointed out that the Tomahawk is an excellent illustration of how far removed automobile builders are from motorcycles. The design of the vehicle paid little regard for the basic tenets of motorcycle engineering.