Monday, June 15, 2009

Scorpion Performance: The supercharged, 90bhp Cagiva Mito

With its 200cc two-stroke supercharged engine, which makes 90 horsepower, the Scorpion Performance is the Cagiva Mito from hell...

Via Motoblog

Simone Barbagallo has given quite a makeover to the stylish little Cagiva Mito. It has taken four years of hard work and it has cost him more than US$55,000 (not including the cost of the original bike) to build his bike – which he’s named Scorpion Performance – but the results seem worth it.

Barbagallo started with a basic Mito, with a 125cc, two-stroke engine that only produced 15bhp. The engine capacity was then increased to 200cc and a supercharger and NOS system were fitted to the bike. The Scorpion Performance Mito now packs 90 horsepower, which should be absolutely awesome in a machine that still only weighs 100 kilos!

The Scorpion is loaded with various trick bits – a stiff and lightweight single-sided swingarm, 17-inch Marchesini forged magnesium wheels, a digital instrument panel, 50mm USD Marzocchi fork, uprated Brembo brakes, 40mm Keihin carb, carbonfibre bodywork, Pirelli Diablo slicks and… we could go on for another 5,000 words but you get the idea.

Why spend so much money on such a small sportsbike? Well, Barbagallo says he believes that sometimes, “an ant can defeat an elephant.” He says his bike is simply perfect and can take on many bigger sportsbikes, which are simply too big and too heavy for their full potential to be used on the street. Hmmm, that’s certainly some food for thought…
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