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BMW-powered T-REX 16S joins Campagna’s line of three-wheelers


February 28, 2013

Campagna Motors' new T-REX 16S is powered by a BMW 1649 cc in-line 6-cylinder engine

Campagna Motors' new T-REX 16S is powered by a BMW 1649 cc in-line 6-cylinder engine

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Campagna Motors’ family of side-by-side reverse trikes has a new addition. Joining the street legal T-REX 14 R, T-REX 14RR and V13R is the T-REX-16S. While the existing T-REX models are powered by a Kawasaki 1400 cc inline cylinder engine and the V13R gets its grunt from a Harley Davidson Liquid-cooled Revolution 60-degree V-Twin engine (the same used in the Harley Davidson V-Rod), the new 16S is powered by a BMW 1649 cc in-line 6-cylinder engine from BMW’s Motorrad division.

The BMW engine comes courtesy of a long-term strategic agreement the Quebec-based company recently signed with the BMW Group to supply motorcycle engines for its vehicles. The engine generates 160 hp at 7,750 rpm and 129 lb-ft of torque at 5,250 rpm, with the power directed via a six-speed sequential transmission to the chain-driven rear wheel.

As well as supplying the engine, BMW engineers also collaborated with Campagna on integrating the new engine and the transmission, new electronic systems and other components. As a result, the 16S boasts an advanced electric driving mode selector to adjust the grip to suit the driving conditions.

The dimensions of the 16S are identical to the other T-REX models, with a 2,286 mm (90 in) wheelbase, a total length of 3,500 mm (138 in), width of 1,981 mm (78 in) and height of 1,067 mm (42 in). It’s also hard to find many differences in the styling of the fiberglass body shell between the 16S and its T-REX brethren.

From the marine-grade waterproof seats, the driver and passenger can access the 180 W RMS Alpine audio system that includes iPod/iPhone/USB and Bluetooth connectivity, and Sirius Satellite Radio. Campagna has even found room for an open glove compartment recessed in the dash, while removable and lockable side-cases provide 46 liters (12 US gal) of cargo capacity on each side of the vehicle, with additional cargo space under the hood.

Like Campagna’s other vehicles, the 16S is street legal to drive in most places in North America and in Japan, along with some other parts of the world. The vehicles haven’t been given EU certification, but Campagna says it is working to rectify this. Safety features include a crash-tested tubular chassis with roll-cage and 3-point safety belts.

The T-REX 16S will be available in a variety of color finishes and will available from June, 2013 in a limited edition. Pre-orders can be made from March 1st. Kawasaki- and Harley-Davidson-powered vehicles will continue to be a part of Campagna’s current and future model lineup.

Source: Campagna Motors

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Why wouldn't they make an electric version?


Cool, but $60,000? I can buy a brand new car for less than $17k, this should cost 10-15k tops.


I love that they are using the BMW 6 cylinder motor but why would they take it's shaft drive out and replace it with a chain drive? That some how just cheapens it for me?


I really do like the idea of a reverse trike, It's light weight, quick, great fuel economy. The down side, now that the fiberglass motorcycle has joined with BMW, the already expensive vehicle will be overpriced even further.


I really like my Can-Am Spyder for its handling, safety and style. That said, by the time you add side by side seating, so much horsepower to be transmitted to the ground through a relatively small tire patch, and sheer bulk, you might as well add that fourth tire. Works fine for other minimalist road rockets like the Ariel Atom, X-Bow and a few others.

Bruce Williams

@Gargamoth I agree the T-rex sells at base of 45-50K and is not even a closed cabin and is way to expensive for most....a disappointment!

John Padilla

I wish one of these companies would treat these three wheelers like less like a motorcycle and more like a commuter car. What I mean by that would be something higher riding (easier to see) and be enclosed with heating. Besides that it is a beautiful design....


Motorcycle experiences for people who are afraid of motorcycles.


I wish some company would come out with a vehicle with this basic form factor, but fully enclosable and with just moderate horse power at a reasonable price--I'm sure they would sell well.


re; LordInsidious

An electric version would cost a lot more, be short ranged, and be hard to find fast refueling.


Am I the only one feels Campagna needs to address that tail light pod?

It looks very cheap and afterthought for such an expensive conveyance.

For those worried about rear contact patch....perhaps you missed that REALLY wide tire at the back with a large proportion of the weight ratio near it. That said, it would be interesting to see a comparison of this to an KTM x-bow with the same engine.

C. Walker Walker

Like yrag's comment,i think the public would love a affordable vehicle,like a fully enclosed motorcycle or 3/4 wheeled tilter like BMW "Simple" concept,with a host of add on's,that could be added at anytime,by the dealer,keeping the price affordable.I think there is a large market waiting out there,people who now are willing to leave the big gasser home and do their commuting in a small aerodynamic high mileage vehicle,which is both fun,but comfortable and capable of 100 plus mpg.Were waiting!!!

Thomas Lewis

The masses would flock to have one of these trikes...But at these prices the only people that will be purchasing one of these is unfortunately folks with a over-sized wallet looking for a toy....These things could be made main-stream and should have been many years ago.... If the prices on these trikes were to find there way into reality with available financing the builders of these awesome machines would find themselves filthy rich and constantly busy building....Awesome looking vehicle's though would love to own the new 16S....BMW V6.....

Kevin Thomas
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