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Boxer Design Superbob Concept – 158 HP Turbocharged V-Twin
French firm Boxer Design has unveiled a new 1000cc turbocharged V-Twin concept model at the 2011 Salon de la Moto show in Paris.
The Boxer Superbob is powered by a 88-degree V-Twin engine claiming 158 hp at 9500rpm and 92 ft-lb. of torque at 8000rpm. The engine was produced in collaboration with French design company Akira, and is equipped with a low-pressure (0.3-0.4 bar) turbo Boxer Design claims offers smooth performance across the power curve, and especially in the low-to-mid range.
The chassis consists of a carbon fiber monocoque frame with an integrated airbox like the Ducati 1199 Panigale. Boxer Design claims a curb weight of 199 kg (438 pounds) including a full 16 l (4.2 gallon) fuel tank.
Suspension is provided by a preload and rebound adjustable BMW-style duolever front-end to separate suspension from steering. At the rear is a single-sided swingarm with a preload, compression and rebound adjustable monoshock.
The Superbob is equipped with 320mm double disc brakes with radial-mount four-piston calipers up front and a twin-piston caliper gripping a single 245mm disc at the rear.
At the moment, the Superbob remains a concept though Boxer Designs has not ruled out introducing a production version in about two years’ time.
[Source: Boxer Design]