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    If only it had a shred of a chance of seeing production ...
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    Lately, concept cars have become showcases of touchscreens and batteries, but remember not that long ago when they used to get you excited about automobiles, driving, and design? Now Suzuki, of all companies, has unveiled a concept that brings us back to the stirring show cars from a bygone era.
    The Suzuki Misano is a low-slung, open-top sports car that asks the question, what if there was a four-wheeled motorcycle? Inspired by the Japanese firm's long history of high-performance two-wheelers, the Misano seeks to "merge the adrenaline rush on two wheels with the driving experience on four."
    The Misano caps off a thesis project for 24 students of transportation design at Istituto Europeo di Design Torino with collaboration from Suzuki. It has a footprint of 157 inches by 69 inches, or about the length of a BMW i3 and the width of a VW Polo. Its height, however, measures only 39 inches, about 50 percent shorter than a Toyota Yaris hatchback.


    Like concept cars of old, the Misano does pack in one wacky idea that has no chance of making it into production. It offers a tandem 1+1 seating position, even though it's wide enough for a side-by-side construction. Not only that, but the seats are off to one side. We would've expected a side-mounted motorcycle engine on the other, but it actually contains a trunk and small battery pack. Presumably, the Misano is an EV.



    Strictly speaking, it's a barchetta because it has no mechanism for covering the cockpit and barely a windscreen. In lieu of a steering wheel, the car is controlled by what the IED statement calls a motorcycle-inspired yoke. Clear openings in the doors provide a view of the road that only a motorcycle can match.
    It's not the first time Suzuki has answered the question of a four-wheeled motorcycle. In 2001, it showed the Hayabusa-powered GSX-R/4 concept, which featured a more traditional seating position.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GS1150Pilot View Post
    If only it had a shred of a chance of seeing production ...
    You are almost certainly right, but it is also a wonderful note on which Osamu Suzuki, their CEO, can retire....at age 91

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    Quote Originally Posted by GS1150Pilot View Post
    If only it had a shred of a chance of seeing production ...
    Concept design projects often test ideas that do make it to development in other vehicles. Anyone who has spent time in europe can see the market potential there.

    There are 3 wheeled versions being produced by other manufacturers. For those who want the moto experience with more stable footprint, former moto enthusiasts who may have physical mobility issues due to age or injury.

    My vintage friends discuss that our riding future as we age out of motorcycles most didn't see the sense of three wheeled moto we'd rather go straight to four wheels with the Mazda Miata/mx5 being the consensus favourite. So something like this would have an appeal for a quick runabout/commuter/day tripper.
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    One thing is for sure, the person/people who rent the Polaris Slingshot by the half-day here in Branson have a pretty strong business going for themselves. My guess is they have at least ten of them available and if the weather is nice they're all out and about tearing up the local twisties.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wyly View Post
    Concept design projects often test ideas that do make it to development in other vehicles. Anyone who has spent time in europe can see the market potential there.

    There are 3 wheeled versions being produced by other manufacturers. For those who want the moto experience with more stable footprint, former moto enthusiasts who may have physical mobility issues due to age or injury.

    My vintage friends discuss that our riding future as we age out of motorcycles most didn't see the sense of three wheeled moto we'd rather go straight to four wheels with the Mazda Miata/mx5 being the consensus favourite. So something like this would have an appeal for a quick runabout/commuter/day tripper.
    Well aware. My father worked for Porsche for three decades before he opened his own shops. The issue with prototypes is that they romance the imagination but very seldom pay out to practicality. Sure, some of the tech and design trickles down and around, but one has only to look at things like the Aerovette or the Toyota 4500 GT to see how a wild design may make a splash, the waves of which never reach the shore.
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    The basic car has been a thing of the past for a long time. With today's tech we could build small 2 seat basic cars that get 50 to 80 MPG and be very low cost. A tandem 1 liter turbo diesel could even approach 100 MPG. If this car advances and it is light like 1200LB and has a chromoly frame, carbon fiber skin, and a 3 liter version of the Busa engine in V8 format I would take a serious look. A ride like that would be attractive to motorcycle riders, and fast car fanatics.
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    I wanted Suzuki to build the GSXR/4 so badly when it was first shown!



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    Just get an Ariel Atom.....no need to wait for Suzuki....



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