No the 52,000rpm is not a typo.
I just got the September Playboy in
. This bike is in it and I couldn't resist sharing it with everybody. To bad I can't share a few other things.
A few Specifications
Engine: Origanlly from a Bell Jet Ranger Helicopter.
Engine: Allison Rolls Royce 250 Gas Turbine
Power: 320 hp @ 52,000 rpm (286 hp @ rear wheel)
Output RPM: 6,000 rpm
Torque: 425 ft lbs @ 2,000 rpm
Compressor speed: 54,000 rpm
Fuel: Diesel, Kerosene, Jet A
Lubrication: Dry-sump/ 3.5 quarts turbine oil
Transmission: Two-speed automatic or manual
Estimated Top Speed: 250 mph
1/4 Mile: 9.80 @ 160 mph
0-227 mph in 15.0 sec.
Here is Jay Leno'* Quote from Playboy. I especially like the last sentence.
"This is unlike any other ride. With most vehicles, the faster you go the slower the acceleration. Zero to 60 is fast, 60 to 90 a little less, and so forth. The Y2K just keeps getting faster. Roll it on. You hear the fire down below. The turbine spooling up. The sound doesn't change. You never hit that 5000 rpm ceiling, that growl, like you would with a piston engine. You pass someone, they go, Whoa
, what was that? At 175 mph you think you're doing 80. This is not a machine where you think, Just because I can afford it, I must be good. There are things you have to learn that are unique to this motorcycle. There'* no compression braking. You enter a corner you have to disengage the engine with a button. The exhaust comes out of the pipes at 800 to 1200 degrees. An Infiniti owner once tried to crowd me at a stoplight I watched his front bumper melt."