Is this mini knock-off Dodge Tomahawk the right way to spend your stimulus check?
When it comes to insane concept vehicles, it’s hard to beat the Dodge Tomahawk. Unveiled at the 2003 Detroit auto show, the Tomahawk was a motorcycle powered by an 8.3-liter V-10 from the Viper. Dodge built nine copies for customers, but if you missed out on one of those, Road & Track spotted this miniature version for sale via China’s Alibaba.
The mini Tomahawk, which is a rideable bike about half the size of the original, does not have a Viper V-10. It’s powered by a 150-cc single-cylinder four-stroke engine capable of revving to 8,000 rpm, according to the listing. The bike does retain the original Tomahawk’s four-wheeled layout, though, with each set of wheels placed close together so it can still lean into corners like a conventional motorcycle. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a CVT and chain drive.
This replica is a far cry from the original Tomahawk, which had a genuine 500 horsepower. Then-Chrysler executive Wolfgang Bernhard rode it onto the Detroit stage in 2003 (appropriately clad in a leather jacket), the roar of the V-10 echoing off the Cobo center walls.
The nine full-size Tomahawk replicas were sold through Neiman Marcus for $555,000 each, according to Allpar. They were not road legal, however, in part because the four-wheeled configuration did not meet the definition of a “motorcycle” in some states.
The mini Tomahawk retails for $1,000 in China, but shipping one to the United States adds $3,300 to the price, according to the listing. Alibaba said a bulk discount is available, so perhaps you can buy a fleet of them and give DoorDash a run for its money.