Months of rumors and a more credible report yesterday have culminated in the official news that Volkswagen will take a 20 percent share in Japanese automaker Suzuki, worth $2.5 billion. Volkswagen has its sights set on becoming the world’s largest automaker and with Suzuli’s small-car expertise, it hopes to make a large expansion into developing […]
Speculation swirls about VW and KTM partnership
Volkswagen has been teasing Birkenstock wearing Grateful Dead fans for years with futuristic yet retro-inspired concepts of their famed Micro-bus. Discussion and speculation have been passed around bongs like bags of Doritos for years about whether or not the cherished hippie mover will ever be resurrected. Will they build it? Won’t they? Who knows? This image of a Volkswagen motorcycle concept emerged last spring but apparently still hasn’t sprung into anything more than speculation either. The potential for success could be significant if the project did in fact get the green light but like the Micro-bus, it may never see the light of day.
Having vested interests in Audi, Porsche and Lamborghini, it would be of no surprise if Volkswagen did indeed come out with its very first motorcycle. In fact, it should be more surprising that they didn’t delve into this arena sooner since they seem to be a dominant force in every other facet of the automotive market.
It has been speculated that the motorcycle would be produced with the assistance of Austrian motorcycle maker KTM. The two companies already worked together on the KTM X-Bow, which utilizes the 2.0L turbo from the Audi TT so a motorcycle collaboration wouldn’t be much of a stretch.
The Volkswagen dealer network could be of great assistance to the appeal and accessibility of this bike, if it actually came to fruition of course. No technical specifications have been leaked yet but it would make sense to snatch an existing engine out of the KTM parts bin. Preliminary images suggest styling cues similar to a naked standard which have been popular in Europe for years but are finally gaining momentum in other markets as well.