Bringing an unusual combo of frightening speed, future-worthy looks and three wheels, the 2010 Campagna T-Rex 14RR deserves to be on every thrillseeker’s wish list. We’re not exactly sure what it is – Campagna calls it a “pavement predator” while the Department of Transportation calls it a motorcycle. Official names don’t matter, though – you can tell it’s one blisteringly decadent ride.
Clad in a reverse trike-style frame, the T-Rex looks like the unholy union of a supercar and a sportsbike. And that’s exactly what it is. Production actually begins with a stock Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14 that’s torn apart and used in various places throughout the Formula-inspired vehicle. The seating position, sport steering and pedal assembly, however, should make you feel like you’re driving an extremely low-profile sportscar.
The 2010 Campagna T-Rex 14RR comes with a 197hp Kawasaki 1400cc engine, mated to a six-speed sequential transmission. It weighs a light 1,040 lbs and can clear a 0 to 60 in only 3.92 seconds. Details include a 1.5-inch tubular steel chassis, safety roll cage, fiberglass body panels, double-wishbone suspension at the front wheels, motorcycle-style swingarm suspension in the rear and fully-digital instruments.
Profile is extremely low, with the vehicle’s highest point checking in at only 42 inches. Yep, that means I can run you down with my SUV like I was driving a monster truck – provided you let me catch up (top speed is 144mph), of course. In many ways, it’s the most impractical, the least safe and the most absolutely unclassifiable vehicle you’ll probably see. Yet, you can’t help but want one.