Iconic motorcycle designer Massimo Tamburini’s final creation will soon go into production. Production of the track-only Tamburini T12 Massimo has commenced and only 12 units will be made. Each motorcycle will command a startling price tag of USD 1 million (Rs 6.6 crore), making it one of the most expensive motorcycles to ever go on sale. The final price is a ‘bit-off’ from the estimated USD 3,60,000 (Rs 2.39 crore) pricing that was reported in 2016.
The styling of the bike as expected is sporty and sharp, with aerodynamics playing a vital role in its form. There’s slight resemblance between the MV Agusta F4 and the Tamburini T12, especially the cut in the fairing to expose the bike's engine case and base.
Powering the motorcycle is a (claimed) 230hp in-line-four motor sourced from the BMW S1000RR SBK, handpicked by Tamburini. According to him, the BMW engine was the best four-cylinder motor on sale at that time, especially given its performance and reliability in SBK racing. The bike tips the scale at just 154.5kg (dry weight). To keep weight under check, the headstock and the gorgeous single-sided swing-arm are made from magnesium and all the body panels on the bike are crafted from carbon fibre. Other elements contributing to its reduced weight include a custom-built titanium exhaust system from Arrow and forged magnesium wheels from Marchesini.
The bike employs a patented bespoke trellis chassis as the structural rigidity of the frame. It can be adjusted without altering any components. Details about the patented system haven’t been revealed but the brand claims that steering axis rake, trail and triple-clamps offset can be adjusted. Talking about cycle parts, it seems that if a racing team’s parts bin was raided to create this superbike. Its suspension hardware consists of MotoGP-spec Ohlins units on both ends and anchorage is provided by MotoGP-spec (for the period) Brembo’s top-of-the-line radial-mount calipers, rotors and master cylinders with quick-release lines by Staubli. It also gets Motec engine management and the instrument cluster looks like a straight lift from a MotoGP machine. Being a track-only bike, the Tamburini T12 features Pirelli slick tyres for setting some blistering fast lap times.
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