Gordon Murray Design just unveiled their T.25, a vehicle in the “city car” class, or, in other words, it’s tiny, at least in comparison to other cars, it’s just under 4 feet wide and 8 feet long, smaller than a Smart Car. The British car is powered by a 51 horsepower inline 3 cylinder engine mounted in the rear. The driver is front and center, 2 passengers sit behind. The front section tilts forward for access.
The diminutive size allows backing in to the curb, parking 3 cars in one parallel parking space, a U-turn is under 20 feet. It weighs 1212 pounds and gets 61.9 miles per gallon. This is definitely something that could scoot around in a city with ease and carry more people in less space on the road, easing congestion. So, what does this have to do with motorcycles?
The T.25 doesn’t take up any more space than maybe a Can-Am Spyder or a Harley sidecar rig or trike, perhaps less. It has all of the mobility of those 3 wheelers, it carries as much or more, it probably can keep up with the Harley, what are the possibilities that someone thinking of buying a big touring rig might entertain the thought of something like this instead? You have the added benefit of extra weather protection, more safety in a crash and you can lock up your belongings while you check out the sights on foot. Although there’s no removable side windows, just some small sliders, if you could open the sides a bit, you would have the small vehicle, open air experience. It doesn’t lean, but neither do trikes. Is this a competitor for those same buyers?
Maybe it’s heresy to suggest such a thing but the vehicular world is changing. If you’re willing to give up the 2 wheel experience, as 3 wheelers already have, what would any bike do a slightly more open T.25 could not? They’re also working on the T.27, an electric version of the T.25
I think this is pretty cool. Of course, it’s begging for someone to swap that engine with something from a Hayabusa or what have you, but even as is, it’s interesting. Is this category of vehicle sort of a crossover, almost motorcycle? What do you think?