The most talked-about concept vehicle, revealed by the Chrysler Group at the 2003 North American International Auto Show, goes into production this autumn.
DaimlerChrysler has commissioned a hand-built reproduction of the Viper-powered Dodge Tomahawk, the four-wheel, single-passenger vehicle that has captivated enthusiasts in the United States and internationally since its debut. The Tomahawk replica, sculpted out of aluminium around a 505 cubic inch, V-10 Dodge Viper engine with a potential speed of 420 miles per hour, will be sold through the prestigious Neiman Marcus Christmas book published this week.
The reproduction is priced at $555,000. The sleek, rolling sculpture combines art-deco styling with extreme engineering in a vehicle that has come to symbolise DaimlerChrysler's commitment to creativity and innovation.
"Tomahawk is a scintillating example of what creative minds can do when given the opportunity to run free. It is a pure mechanical sculpture and a joyous celebration of the artistry and emotion of design," said Trevor Creed, Senior Vice President - Design, Chrysler Group.
The Tomahawk reproduction will be made by the firm that built the original as a piece of automotive sculpture. It is intended for display only; the reproduction will not be fully operational and cannot be legally operated on public roads.
In addition to the vehicle commissioned for Neiman Marcus, up to nine additional Tomahawk reproductions may be produced.Published 22 October 2003