16STM is half car, half bike, all fun

Comment on this story
IOL mot pic mar15 Campagna T-Rex 16STM 1 . Campagna T-Rex 16STM is built around a tubular-steel chassis that is also a roll-cage.

For all that Canadians have a reputation for being quiet and unimaginative, over the years they have produced some of the world's most outrageous vehicles - and this one, the three-wheeled Campagna T-Rex 16STM, is a case in point.

Even more than Bombardier with their Can-Am Spyder three-wheeler, Campagna are blurring the distinction between cars and motorcycles, pushing the petrolheads at IOL to come up with a new definition of what constitutes a car and what makes it a motorcycle - and no, Cyril, the number of wheels is not the deciding factor.

As near as we can figure, you sit ON a motorcycle but IN a car; if you can formulate a simpler, or clearer definition, let us know.

And that makes the Campagna three-wheeler a car.

Never mind that its engine and running gear are borrowed from a motorcycle - after all, Morgan have been doing that for the best part of a century and nobody will tell you a Morgan 'threeler' isn't a car!

It's built around a tubular-steel chassis that's also a roll-cage (there's nothing like making your heaviest components do two jobs at the same time!) and has two sports seats with three-point seatbelts and car-type controls. The body panels are fibreglass with carbon-fibre trim elements and the whole thing weighs in at only 500kg.

IOL mot pic mar15 Campagna T-Rex 16STM 2 16STM has a 1649cc transverse six borrowed from BMW K1600 GTL tourer. .


Campagna's previous adrenalin pump, the T-Rex 14R, derived its motivation from a four-cylinder 1400cc Kawasaki Ninja engine; the 16STM, however, has a 1649cc transverse six, borrowed from BMW’s K1600 GTL tourer.

Rated for 118kW at 7750rpm and 175Nm at 5250rpm, it should easily push the T-Rex past 100km/h in less than five seconds.

Sadly, Campagna's publicity material doesn't quote top speed - which is likely to be impressive - or pricing, probably just as impressive.

The 16STM comes complete with BMW's electronic driving mode selection for improved traction and better control on wet or loose roads, an Alpine audio system, iPod/iPhone jack, USB port and Bluetooth connectivity.

And yes, it will be street-legal in South Africa under the same legislation that governs Morgans and Guzzi-engined Morgan replicas.

IOL mot pic mar15 Campagna T-Rex 16STM 3 T-Rex has two sports seats with three-point seatbelts and car-type controls. .

sign up

Comment Guidelines

  1. Please read our comment guidelines.
  2. Login and register, if you haven’ t already.
  3. Write your comment in the block below and click (Post As)
  4. Has a comment offended you? Hover your mouse over the comment and wait until a small triangle appears on the right-hand side. Click triangle () and select "Flag as inappropriate". Our moderators will take action if need be.

  5. Verified email addresses: All users on Independent Media news sites are now required to have a verified email address before being allowed to comment on articles. You are only required to verify your email address once to have full access to commenting on articles. For more information please read our comment guidelines