Dodge Tomahawk

2003 Dodge Tomahawk Concept – Viper-Powered Motorcycle!


Life just got more extreme. Much more extreme.

The Viper-powered Dodge Tomahawk concept vehicle, revealed by the Chrysler Group at the 2003 North American International Auto Show, shatters all the barriers of conventional thinking about personal transportation.

Dodge Tomahawk

This four-wheel, single-passenger vehicle is a sleek, rolling sculpture that combines art-deco styling with extreme engineering.

The 500-horsepower Viper V-10 engine powering the dual rear wheels gives this radical vehicle a potential top speed of 420 miles per hour – for anyone who wants to test it.

“The Dodge brand philosophy always challenges us to grab life by the horns,” said British-born Trevor Creed, Senior Vice President – Design, Chrysler Group, as the Tomahawk roared into view.

“In the case of Tomahawk, grabbing and holding onto anything for dear life is a necessity. It’s just that extreme and passionate; a glimpse into the soul and commitment of true enthusiasts.”

Initial reaction to the concept vehicle typically comes in two words: “Wow!” and “why?”

The “wow” is easy to understand from Chrysler Group, with a brand like Dodge that continues to drive its foot to the floor – most recently with the all-new 2003 Viper sports car – dedicated to engineering the most powerful production vehicles.Dodge Tomahawk

But “why” would a company, famous for its innovative car and truck designs, go down this particular path?

“Tomahawk is an icon of the extreme thinking for a brand that is known not only for the legendary Viper and Ram truck but also for all new, innovative vehicles such as the Magnum SRT-8 and Durango concepts,” said Creed.

That extreme thinking produced a machine in the true tradition of power-junkie passion, powered by an 8300 cc (505 aluminum Viper V-10 engine.

“This is a bold-faced slap against mediocrity,” Creed said. “Tomahawk is a scintillating example of what creative minds can do when given the opportunity to run free. It is pure mechanical sculpture and a joyous celebration of the artistry and emotion of design.”

The Dodge Tomahawk is a Chrysler Group design concept that is as much a Viper-powered work of art as it is a whole new type of vehicle invention.

It is both a sculpture that can be ridden, as well as a bold statement about the Chrysler Group’s enthusiast culture and passion for design.

“Tomahawk moves design concept introductions and the concept car game to a whole new level – as only Dodge and the Chrysler Group can,” said Creed.

Dodge Tomahawk Concept Preliminary Specifications:

Engine: 505 cu. in./8300 cc Aluminum Viper V-10 engine

Suspension: Four-wheel independent suspension

Horsepower/Torque: 500 hp/525 lb.ft. of torque

Estimated Top Speed: Potentially 420 mph

Style: Single rider

(Original text from 6 January 2003)

Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.


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Jason Clark

15 years of experience as a professional mechanic. Rally car test pilot and advisor.

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