Inventor of the production line, Mr Henry Ford would have been really jealous of former Bimota chief engineer Ascanio Rodorigo if they were part of the same decade. Ascanio Rodorigo designed and created the unique motorcycle called the Vyrus. An impressive achievement without doubt, and did it using exactly precisely 750 parts. In the video the Italian engineer talks about the “craftsman’s studio” in which the Vyrus comes to life in less than three minutes. Do not believe us? Here is the video.
It’s more powerful than Ducati’s Desmosedici RR, MV Agusta’s F4 312RR, Suzuki’s Hayabusa or Kawasaki’s ZZR1400. The hub-centre-steered Vyrus runs a 211 bhp supercharged 1198cc 1098R Ducati engine, weighs just 158 kg and costs EUR 65,000 (US$91,700). The 4VV is the lightest and most powerful of four Vyrus variants. The base model 984 C3 2V comes with a 100 bhp two valve 1000DS air-cooled Ducati engine, weighs in at a featherweight 150 kg and sells for EUR 33,400 (US$47,000). Just to put that weight in perspective, a MotoGP bike weighs 148 kg. Next up the ladder is the 985 C3 4V, which weighs in at 157 kg, uses a 155 bhp 999R water-cooled Testastretta Ducati engine and costs EUR 50,000 (US$70,500). Second from top is the 155 kg 987 C3 4V which sells for EUR 55,000 (US$77,500) and uses a water-cooled 1098R 1198cc Ducati engine producing 184 bhp. Finally, the range-topping 987 C3 4V V takes the 987 C3 4V and adds EUR 10,000, a supercharger, three kilograms, 27 bhp and, of course, the title of being the world’s fastest production motorcycle.