French company developing rotary-engined hybrid motorcycle

French company developing rotary-engined hybrid motorcycle
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Furion M1 will use rotary and electric power for up to 180hp FRENCH company Furion Motorcycles wants to make the bike of the future and is currently developing a hybrid motorcycle that it’s working to bring to market. Called the Furion M1, the naked machine will be powered by ‘the exotic interbreeding’ of a 654cc two-rotor rotary engine offering about 125hp and 40kw electric engine powered by lithium batteries, offering around 55hp. The M1’s two power sources are housed in a steel trellis frame. Power and consumption will depend on what mode…

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Yamaha ‘Tracer GT’ Coming to soon!

Yamaha ‘Tracer GT’ Coming to soon!
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YAMAHA has filed a trademarked application for the name ‘Tracer GT’, raising the prospect of a touring edition of the MT-10. The firm already produces the Tracer 700 and Tracer 900, touring spec versions of the MT-07 and MT-09, but has yet to give the MT-10 the same treatment. As the MT-10 uses the frame and engine from the current YZF-R1, a Tracer version would mean a tourer based on the same superbike platform. Yamaha currently offers a touring edition of the MT-10 (pictured above) using parts from the accessories range including…

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Toyota has unleashed its inner-child to create a real-life Tonka truck.

Toyota has unleashed its inner-child to create a real-life Tonka truck.
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The Japanese brand has converted one of its HiLux utes into a big, yellow, go-anywhere off-roader to celebrate the popularity of the dual-cab workhorse and celebrate Tonka’s 70th anniversary. The Tonka HiLux also serves a serious purpose, highlighting Toyota’s investment in its 150-strong product planning and development division that is still active in Australia despite the impending closure of its manufacturing facilities. Australian product design chief Nicolas Hogios was in charge of the project and explained it was about showing the brand’s fun side. “We have taken Tonka out of…

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New Hyundai baby SUV to be named Kona?

New Hyundai baby SUV to be named Kona?
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Hyundai has revealed that its baby SUV will be named Kona. Set to arrive locally in the third quarter of 2017, the model will be based on Hyundai’s i30, which could make the car slightly larger than the Mazda2-based Mazda CX-3 that has proved popular locally. The Kona is expected to build on technology offered in the next-generation i30, offering advanced driver aids as well as a premium infotainment system. Following in the footsteps of the Tucson and Santa Fe SUVs named after geological locations, the new model takes inspiration…

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New KTM adventure bikes arriving in May

New KTM adventure bikes arriving in May
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The R versions of the 1090 and 1290 first, followed by the 1290 S KTM’s updated adventure fare will start going on sale locally in May 2017, with the 1090 R and 1290 R the first two slated to hit dealer floors, followed by the street-focussed 1290 S – in very limited numbers – a few weeks later. Prices are still to be announced, while KTM says the base model 1090 won’t be sold , nor will the 1290 Adventure T (as in touring). KTM unveiled its updated 1090 and…

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