Monday, December 08, 2008

MTT Turbine Streetfighter: The 420 horsepower, US$175,000 rocket-bike


The MTT Turbine Streetfighter. Simply awesome...

Pics: MTT / Flickr

Based in South Louisiana, in the US and headed by Ted McIntyre II, MTT are turbine engine specialists. According to a note on the company’s website, ‘MTT is made up of the world's most experienced professionals in the turbine engine industry, having completed more diverse, custom turbine engine installations than any other company in the world.’

The best part is, the guys at MTT seem to be putting their expertise to damn good use, by building turbine-engined two-wheeled rocketships. A few years ago, the company had made the MTT Y2K Turbine Superbike, which was powered by a Rolls Royce-Allison turbine that made 320 horsepower and 576Nm of torque. The bike’s top speed was in excess of 400km/h…

So, since a 320bhp bike that can do 400km/h simply isn’t adequate for everybody, MTT are now ready with their next bike – the Turbine Streetfighter. The MTT Streetfighter’s Rolls Royce-Allison turbine now pumps out as much as 420bhp and 680Nm of torque. Other changes over the Y2K Superbike include a bigger swingarm, Pirelli Diablo 240-section rear tyre, increased fuel capacity and an enhanced cooling system.

The MTT Turbine Streetfighter is also fitted with a full carbonfibre fairing, 17-inch carbonfibre wheels, tubular aluminium alloy frame, a rear-mounted camera with LCD color display, computerized ignition and two-speed automatic transmission. Suspension components comprise of a 55mm USD fork and oleo-pneumatic, fully adjustable monoshock from Ohlins. Brakes are Brembo units, with 320mm discs all around. The bike runs on either diesel or kerosense (!), and has a 34-litre fuel tank.

As you would expect, the Streetfighter isn’t exactly inexpensive. The turbine-engined bike sells for US$175,000 and once you’ve placed an order, you’ll need to wait for 12 weeks before you get your hands on your jet bike. Then again, you can get your bike in whatever colour you want and design your own graphics etc. if you wish…

It may not be the most practical thing in the world – a Hayabusa or a ZZR1400 is usually plenty fast for most people – but owning a jet-engined bike has got to be the stuff of dreams for bike-mad speed junkies. Imagine the look on your neighbours’ faces when you start up your MTT Turbine Streetfighter in the morning, before leaving for office. Ooooohh..., now that would be some trip…!


A Discovery channel video of the MTT Y2K jet-engined bike...


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Larry McBride: "GSX-Rs are for moped riders!"
MAB's turbocharged BMW K1200R...
Ducati SuperSport Turbo dragbike...
Fearsome: Yamaha TZ750 dirt-tracker...

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The HOTTEST Yamaha RD250LC ever...!
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