Whether its by design or just a case of trivial coincidence, there seems to be a growing trend towards the development of new and powerful trikes these days. Sure, this is how the auto industry works; concepts come and go frequently. But in the case of trikes, there appears to be renewed interest in the segment, one that has spurned manufacturers to come out with their new models.
We already saw what Scorpion Motorsport did with the P6 , and now we have a concept trike model coming straight from the Land Down Under.
This is the Trike Strike by Design+Industry, a concept design that illustrates just how much potential there is in the trike segment. It’s far from being green-lighted into production, but it does give us an idea of the future that lies in front of us, one that could very well be defined by a multitude of high-powered trikes running around our streets in the future.
Details after the jump.
Exterior and Interior
Aggressive, stylish, and down right mean-looking, the Strike Trike could pose to be one of the best trikes in the world - if it makes it past the concept phase that is. The trike was designed by Australian design firm Design+Industry, and was conceptualized to look like a race car trapped in a three-wheelers body.
It has an open-concept body with streamlined edges, a sporty rear wing, and fenders that open themselves up to imaginations. There’s also a targa-inspired roof mechanism that lets in the sun whenever the desire arises that complements the overall make-up of the trike.
The Strike Trike is powered by Suzuki Hayabusa -sourced 1,340-cc motorbike engine that produces 150kW - that’s 201 horsepower converted - and mated to a six-speed progressive transmission. The output of the Trike Strike enables it to hit a 0-62 mph time of just 3.5 seconds
No word yet on how much the Strike Trike is going to cost since it’s still in the concept phase. Nevertheless, it does give us a glimmer of hope that one day, the trike segment will finally emerge and become a market favorite.
The Strike Trike’s introduction paves the way for comparisons to be made with another new entrant in the world of high-powered trikes: the Scorpion Motorsport P6.
In terms of aesthetic design, the two couldn’t be more different from each other. While the P6 sports some classic lines and pays some design odes to a Formula One race car, the Strike Trike is far more aggressively styled than the P6, thanks to the streamlined edges and the aggressive rear wing and fenders.
In terms of powertrain, the Strike Trike is more powerful than the P6, but that’s not to say that Scorpion’s trike isn’t a slouch. in fact, it’s got some serious numbers, too, thanks to a 600-cc engine that produces 126 horsepower, a 0-60 mph time of 3.5 seconds, and a 0-100-0 mph time of 10 seconds.
- Powerful powertrain
- Aggressive design
- Sporty and appealing
- Still a concept
- No pricing
- No timetable for production, if it goes that far