BRP’s four-wheel EXIT Concept aimed at Gen Y
By Mike Hanlon
August 31, 2006
September 1, 2006 Gen Y consumers (14 to 23 year olds) are a complex lot, an intriguing market to attract. They are environmentally-conscious, thrill-seeking, competitive and they like to define their own counter culture. In seeking to address these fickle consumers, Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP) has developed an interesting new and innovative motorized recreational vehicle aiming to provide the highest fun factor with the lowest amount of horsepower. The BRP EXIT, is a 4-wheel crossover vehicle, positioned somewhere between a trial motorcycle and a BMX bicycle. Powered by a low horsepower Rotax 4-TEC engine, it is lightweight, small and simple with a high fun factor. To make it light and easier to handle, the frame of the EXIT is a minimalist steel centre beam known as a Surrounding Spar Technology (SST) frame, like the ones used on BRP's all-terrain vehicles, supporting an equally minimalist polyethylene body structure.
Its distinctive character comes mostly from its innovative rear-entry platform. It creates a new kind of man-machine interaction, resulting in a new way of riding and "working" the vehicle. It allows the rider to discover new tricks and continually improve his or her riding skills. The styling and graphics are non-conventional, motivated by Gen Y youths' fondness for the trendy "dark side". Ultra-basic geometric language was used to emphasize the simplicity of the concept and the colour-scheme is borrowed from classic military vehicles. The EXIT is on the forefront of eco-friendly, low-impact motorized performance products. It is a project conceived as part of BRP's design team ongoing search for innovative solutions.