When it comes to cars, Jay Leno will try out just about anything with wheels on. Though he prefers those machines with four wheels, he’s got no problem getting inside one that has three wheels on it.
Especially if it’s called the T-Rex.
Yep, Jay Leno has got his hands on a Campagna T-Rex , the three-wheeled, fully street-legal vehicle that defies conventional explanation.
In the latest installment of Jay Leno’s Garage, the denim-wearing comedian gives us the lowdown on the Campagna T-Rex. From its history as a brand that has produced different iterations of the T-Rex since 1995 all the way to its current form as a prowling marauder of the streets, Leno does his best — as he always does — to provide as much information about all of the cars that pass through his incredible garage and auto studio.
And as is customary with cars that enter his garage, Leno gets inside the T-Rex and goes out on town to give it a spin. There are no better perks in life than being able to talk about cars for a living and then having the cache to get inside one to see just how it rides on the streets.
Especially when it involves arguably one of the most unique cars on the market today.
Click past the jump to read about what makes the Campagna T-Rex one of these unique vehicles
Like the rest of the reverse trikes in the market these days, there’s something that’s oddly unnerving about sitting behind the wheel in one of these babies.
Campagna Motors is arguably one of the best in the business when it comes to these kinds of vehicles. Fans of the brand will undoubtedly be thrilled to find out that Campagna has unveiled its latest brainchild: the T-REX 16S.
Unlike most of the T-REX models that are all powered by a Kawasaki-sourced 1,400 cc engine, Campagna took a different approach with the 16S, opting to use a BMW -sourced 1,649 cc in-line six-cylinder engine from BMW’s Motorrad division. This engine is capable of producing 160 horsepower at 7,750 rpm and 129 pound-feet of torque at 5,250 rpm while mated to a six-speed sequential transmission. In addition to the engine, Campagna also installed new electronic systems and other components on the T-REX 16S, making it more suitable for somebody’s driving pleasure.
Aesthetically, the T-REX 16S isn’t all that different from its brethren, but it does come with a slew of safety components, including a crash-tested tubular chassis with roll-cage, and 3-point safety belts, and high-quality features, including marine-grade waterproof seats, a 180-watt RMS Alpine audio system that includes iPod/iPhone/USB and Bluetooth connectivity, and Sirius Satellite Radio. There’s also an open glove compartment in the dash, as well as removable and lockable side-cases that can carry as much as 46 liters (1.62 cubic-feet) of cargo capacity on each side of the vehicle.
Pre-orders for the 16S are already underway, which means that if you’re interested in one, you can score a piece of limited-edition automotive quirkiness. It’s street legal in most places in North America and Japan with certain areas in Europe expected to get the same green light once the car receives its EU certification.
The previous episode of Jay Leno’s Garage showed the late night talk show host as he was driving around in the SRT Viper, but, in this episode, he takes a spin in a less speedy ride: the Campagna V13R.
Campagna hit the automotive scene with their T-Rex 14RR - a model powered by a Kawasaki sourced 1400 cc inline-4 engine that delivers 197 HP and 113 of torque. This model sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 3.92 seconds and up to a top speed of 144 mph.
Leno wasn’t in the T-Rex 14RR, though. His vehicle of choice for this episode was Campagna’s less powerful V13R - a model powered by a Harley- Davidson sourced V-Twin engine with a smaller output than the 14RR: 122 HP and 84 lbs-ft of torque.
It may not be the fastest of the bunch, but Jay Leno certainly approved. Check out the video to see his review.