2015 Yacouba Feline
Vehicles that cost more than a quarter-million are pretty common in the auto industry these days. But motorcycles? That’s a different story altogether. Rare is the time when a bike fetches anything close to six figures, but more than $250,000? It’s even rarer to see something like that hit the market today.
All that is true, but the Yacouba Feline is here to be the exception. Built by Feline Motorcycles in collaboration with French designer Yacouba Galle, the Yacouba Feline is probably the most expensive bike in the market today. That’s a distinction you earn when you’re priced at $280,000.
According to Galle, the design of the Feline was inspired by a panther, although if you look at it, you might notice that there are some scorpion-like details in there, too. But the bike’s aesthetics is only one part of what the Feline is offering to anybody willing to pay that much money to buy one. The bike also has a pretty stout 800 cc four-cylinder engine that packs 170 horsepower. Combine that with its dramatic styling and the expensive materials used on the machine and you get what is arguably one of the most dynamic bikes in the market today.
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2015 Yacouba Feline
Horsepower @ RPM:170
Displacement:800 cubic inches
0-60 time:3 sec. (Est.)
Top Speed:180 mph (Est.)
Isn’t it nice to see a bike that defies conventional design behavior and just shoots for the stars? French designer Yacouba Galle certainly took a lot of liberties in designing the Feline Yacouba. The clean lines evoke the kind of sexiness that the bike is overflowing in.
The powerful front fork carries an aggressive profile while the hook-shaped back looks just like a scorpion’s tail. The carbon fiber front fairing adds to its post and expensive quality and the exposed rear wheel almost creates a visual imbalance that still somehow brings out that dramatic look of the bike.
All this might be jarring for some people, but it’s par for the course for Yacouba. After all, he’s the same designer who has penned some randy motorcycles of the years, including the 1999 Kawasaki ZXR-750 Cafe Racer and the 2008 MV Agusta Bestiale.
Now, he’s got his own limited-run motorcycle named exclusively after him. That’s what
happens when talent meets fortuitous timing.
|Wheelbase||1,400 mm (44.9 inches)|
|Saddle height||808 mm (31.8 inches)|
|Dry weight||155 kg (342 pounds)|
Feline Motorcycles didn’t dive too deep into the mechanical workings of the bike’s frame, but the question is still begging to be asked.
You know how you can charge six figures for a motorcycle? One way of doing it is by designing a frame made entirely out of carbon fiber, titanium, and aerospace aluminum. Let me repeat that. Aerospace aluminum! That’s the kind of material NASA uses! Not to be outdone by the frame, the bike’s suspension system, specifically the fork and swingarm, were also made from dual carbon and carbon fiber, respectively.
Oh, it gets even more mental when you check out those rims. No alloys here, fellas. Those are carbon fiber rims wrapped in 17-inch tires and supported by four discs in the front with four-piston calipers and a single disc at the back.
I’d venture a guess that there aren’t a lot of bikes in the world with this kind of otherworldly setup.
|Frame||Titanium, carbon fiber and aerospace aluminum|
|Fork||Dual carbon swingarms, 2-dampers with fiber spring|
|Swingarm||Carbon Fiber, mono damper with fiber spring|
|Front brake||4-discs Ø 230 mm, with 4-pistons calipers|
|Rear brake||Single disc Ø 220 mm|
|Front tire||120/70 – ZR 17|
|Rear tire||200/50 – ZR 17|
At the heart of the Yacouba Feline is a 800 cc three-cylinder engine that pumps out an impressive 170 horsepower. It’s unclear where the engine was sourced, but with Yacouba’s recent history with MV Agusta, I wouldn’t be surprised if we find an Agusta engine deep inside the bike’s mechanicals. The bike also makes use of a six-speed gearbox, which is responsible for transferring the power from the engine to the rear wheel.
There’s not a lot of information regarding the bike’s performance capabilities, but if I’m venturing a guess, I would say that it could cover 0 to 60 mph in a little over three seconds to go with a top speed of about 180 mph. Not too far-fetched, is it?
At this point, you probably can’t wait to get your hands on the Yacouba Feline, right? Well, buying a bike is actually a lot harder than it looks. First of all, Feline Motorcycles is only building 50 units of the Yacouba Feline, immediately torpedoing the likelihood of you getting one if you’re not early to the party.
But should you be that early bird that does make it inside, you’ll be comforted to know that each unit comes with a price of $280,000. You read that right. $280,000!
In other words, the Yacouba Feline costs a little more than, wait for it, a Lamborghini Huracan!