Campagna Announces T-Rex 16S

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Canadian trike company slots new BMW engine and other new features into the T-Rex.

A couple of weeks ago we brought you news that Campagna Motors had signed a new contract with BMW to provide it with motorbike engines. Now the little-known French Canadian trike manufacturer has revealed the first product of that collaboration. The new T-Rex 16S is based on the same three-wheeled sportscar that has been on the market since 1994, but packs a 1.6-liter inline-six sportbike engine furnished by BMW Motorrad.

The engine delivers 160 horsepower and 129 lb-ft of torque by chain drive through a six-speed sequential gearbox to a single rear wheel, with two outboard wheels up front to steer. The engine is larger than the 1400cc Kawasaki engine that powers the existing T-Rex V14R, which itself packs 37 more horsepower (at 197) but 16 lb-ft less torque (at 113). Having driven one for a day in Montreal last summer, this writer can tell you the T-Rex is already one visceral and viciously fast beast, so it'd be interesting to see how the 16S model performs differently.

The T-Rex 16S also upgrades with new electronic driving aids, along with an Alpine sound system, complete with Sirius satellite radio and iPod, USB and Bluetooth connectivity. Rather than replacing the 14R, however, the new T-Rex 16S model will stand alongside it, as well as the Harley-powered V13R, in Campagna's expanding range of trikes.

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