Thursday, March 06, 2008

Lumeneo Smera: Another car-motorcycle hybrid…

The Smera is car that tilts in favour of behaving like a bike...

Vehicles that have three or four wheels, but which can still tilt into corners like proper motorcycles, seem to be the flavour of the minute. After the recently unveiled Pendolauto, we have the somewhat similar Lumeneo Smera, which comes from France and which is also on display at the Geneva Motor Show.

The twin-seater (single-seater if you want to also carry luggage…) Smera is about the same size as a large scooter, but has four wheels and a fully-enclosed rider’s (driver’s?) cabin. It’s powered by lithium-ion batteries that feed the Smera’s twin electric motors, which together make the equivalent of 40bhp. Claimed zero to 100km/h time is eight seconds, top speed is about 130km/h, and the Smera will do 150km on one full charge of electricity, after which the batteries need to be juiced-up again.

Like the Pendolauto, the Smera is also capable of tilting into corners like a motorcycle. But unlike bikes, the Smera is also fitted with a safety-cage and seat-belts, which should make it a bit safer than most bikes. Prices have not been announced yet, but Lumeneo plan to make 250 units of this vehicle in 2009. We like it and we do hope to see the Smera on the streets sometime soon! More details on the Lumeneo website here.

Also see:
Some amazing tilting trikes on Faster and Faster!
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The most impressive Rossi-rep 'NSR500' we've ever seen!
Face-off: 1974 MV Agusta 500 GP racer vs 2007 Ducati MotoGP machine!
Peugeot V6-powered bike: Mad Max lives...
Ready to roll: The 2008 TriRod F3 Adrenaline
RVF750R RC45: The most desirable Honda ever built?
War of the Ninjas: Kawasaki ZZR1100 vs ZZR1400!

External links:
A treat for fans of classic Moto Guzzis...
Here's why we suddenly love rugby...! (NSFW)

All right, after a bunch of cars pretending to be motorcycles, here’s one car that’s still only a car, but WHAT a car it is!!! The Transmontana is fitted with a 5500cc, twin-turbo V12 that makes 720 horsepower and 900Nm of torque. The 1250kg Transmontana will go from zero to 100km/h in 3.7 seconds and hit a top speed of 340km/h. The monocoque chassis is made entirely of carbonfibre, and the manual gearbox is a six-speed unit. If we could afford one, we’d sure love to park one of these cars next to our Vermeulen-replica GSX-R1000
More about the Transmontana here

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