MTT’s 420 HP Turbine Motorcycle: The 420RR Is Coming!
While MTT’s 320 HP Y2K turbine motorcycle is great, the firm want to push the limit even further.
Updated August 23, 2018
Any self-respecting speed freak will have heard of MTT’s 320 hp Y2K turbine motorcycle, but did you know that they’re currently building something bigger and better? Now, 320 hp might seem like enough for anyone, but now that regular production bikes are pushing the envelope and breaking the 200 hp “gentleman’s agreement,” Marine Turbine Technologies feel the need to stamp their authority back on the industry.
There aren’t many “top lists” about the best or fastest motorcycles ever made that doesn’t feature the legendary Y2K: boasting 320 horses and a top speed of 227 mph, there aren’t many machines that can compete with it – but that was back in 2000. Times have changed, and technology has rapidly advanced. 227 mph is fast, but it might not be fast enough in this day and age. Not with supercharged Kawasakis thrashing their way around closed circuits, or electric motorcycles like the Lightning LS-2??R which threaten power figures of 300 hp and estimated top speeds of over the 220 mph marker.
MTT’s New Turbine Motorcycle: The 420RR
After unleashing the Y2K on the world back in the year 2000, what happened to MTT? You might be thinking that the company were resting on their laurels, drunk off of their own success. You’d be wrong. Let’s not forget that first and foremost, MTT (Marine Turbine Technologies) are not a motorcycle manufacturing firm – making fast bikes ain’t their day job. After the team came up with the idea of building a turbine motorcycle, and after they built it, they just sold it and moved on. They went back to their bread and butter life of putting gigantic engines on air boat hulls. Or are they?
MTT are back with a new machine: the 420RR. According to reports, the new turbine motorcycle will be powered by a Rolls-Royce M250 (Allison 250-C20B) turbine, a power plant more commonly found on the Army’s OH-58 Kiowa and Bell JetRanger helicopters. The name is an obvious nod to the 420 hp that turbine engine is capable of producing, but it also boasts a serious 600 lb-ft of torque at 6,000 rpm too. Catch it on the dyno in the video clip below – ignore the rest though!
With that kind of power on tap, who knows what kind of top speeds are available? One thing we do know is that MTT have been working very closely with Ohlins to help keep this thing sprung correctly. Not only is it expected to have specialist suspension, but we’re guessing it’s going to need some serious steering damping too. BST carbon wheels have also been mentioned, signaling that the new 420RR is going to be as lithe as possible.
We hope they get this past the prototype phase sometime in the near future – a showdown between the MTT 420RR turbine motorcycle and the Lightning LS-2??R electric rig would be quite the clash of the titans…