Today I’ll be taking an up-close-and-personal in-depth look at the Campagna V13R. In this review we'll start it up, take it on a thorough drive and show you many of the unique aspects throughout the interior as well as exterior. So without further ado, let's go and hop on in start her up let it run.
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Recently I had the chance to spend an entire day with Campania testing out both the T-Rex and the V13R Trikes that they sell. As a novice to the world of motorcycles the experience was especially memorable as it's the closest thing I've come to it, yet each vehicle follows a similar design philosophy. They each combine a high revving motorcycle engine with a manual transmission and an F1 inspired driving position. While the T-Rex is built to perform and handle like a proper sports car the V13R, while still quite fast and agile, is an open-top roadster that's more hot-rodded nature is perfect for cruising.
Founded in 1988, Campagna Motors is a Canadian company based in Quebec just outside of Montreal. The T-Rex has been their bread butter since 1995 but it wasn't until 2001 that they were offered for sale in the US the V13 R was actually born under a different company called CirBin Motors who would eventually acquire the Campagna brand in 2008. Launched in 2011 the V13R's closest competitors include the Polaris slingshot, Morgan three-wheeler and even perhaps the Can-am Spyder.
It's powered by a 1250 cc Harley-Davidson revolution v-twin otherwise known as the V-rod which was designed in collaboration with Porsche. This motor introduces a whole different feel in behaviour than the BMW 6-cylinder used in the T-Rex, making it a delightful experience of the senses. You can almost feel the cylinders firing thanks to the engine’s signature sound and high revving nature, especially because this one was fitted with an aftermarket exhaust system. It's loud raspy and unmistakably American in nature being that the engine sits right behind you the sound is amplified tremendously. It develops 122 horsepower at 8250 rpm and 85 pound feet
of torque at 7,000 rpm it's an oil and water cooled four-stroke engine with two overhead camshafts both having four valves per cylinder and a compression ratio of 11.5 to 1.
Cooling is provided by a large car radiator the sits right ahead of the engine and right behind the rear seat bulkhead. Being that the whole vehicle weighs in at around 524 kilograms or 1156 pounds, it's able to rock it to 60 miles an hour in about 5.6 seconds and accelerate to a top speed of 122 miles per hour. Even though it's not as powerful as the T-Rex, you still feel like you're flying by the seat of your pants as the wind blows through your hair. After all, you're only about four and a half inches off the ground. I said that the T-Rex was the most fun thing on wheels I had driven up to that point but the V13R is right up there as well although for slightly different reasons.
The T-Rex 16s performance is ridiculously quick but the V13R has more of an aggressive and visceral nature to it that I can't help but love. There's no Drive modes or any features whatsoever to take your mind off the road, just a small instrument cluster and a 12-volt power outlet.
Power is harnessed by a five-speed sequential manual gearbox before being sent to the rear wheel through a belt driven final drive. A lot of the parts are sourced directly from Harley Davidson.
It works by a blend of conventional automotive and motorcycle technology. Like a normal car, there's a clutch pedal and a console shift lever but when it comes to changing gears pulling the lever towards you up shifts while pushing it forward down shifts. Neutral is between first and second gear. It's pretty straightforward once you figure out the grab point an ideal takeoff rpm. Campagna also designed a custom reverse gear so you are able to back out of parking spaces with ease, unlike the electronically controlled reverse gear used on the T-Rex the
V13R uses a mechanical lever in the center console just ahead of the shifter. To engage you simply pull the lever upward while in first gear and push it back down to take it out of reverse.
An entry model V13R, before options, starts at $54,000 about four grand less than a standard T-Rex 16s. With all of the options, a loaded example can easily reach the most $60,000 range.
The V13R features a fully adjustable coil over suspension with independent double wishbones in front and a custom-designed swing arm out back. You pretty much feel everything in the road and it's nearly impossible to miss potholes with a single wheel out back but it's notably forgiving over rough surfaces maintaining a sporty feel without being punishing.
With the chassis design, low center of gravity, weight distribution and the suspension, I'd estimate the V13R could hold over 1g of lateral acceleration. Not too far off a T-Rex. The steering is precise and responds quickly to inputs since it doesn't weigh much and low-speed maneuvers are a cinch. Out on the road you knew exactly what's happening and with the front wheels there's excellent feedback.
Much of its handling ability comes from a wide front track and plenty of rubber out back. That width actually makes the V13R about an inch wider than the new Corvette Z06.
The brakes aren't powered and there's no ABS or any form of electronic stability control. Stopping power is perfectly proportional to the pressure you apply and like the steering, the brakes are communicative and easy to operate. It doesn't take much effort to stop even from higher speeds. Once pressure is applied, the four piston Wilwood calipers are ready and willing to take speed off without hesitation. Even after repeated hard stops, the brace never exhibited any fade. While there's a handful of wheel options available, the standard setup consists of 17 inch wheels in front and 205 45 tires with a single 18 inch wheel and wide 295/35 tyre in the rear.
The V13R is built around a one and a half inch tubular steel chassis with triangulated sidewalls and a frontal crash zone. Together it forms a solid structure for added protection. The body panels are made from fiberglass. There are large intakes across the lower side panels even a snorkel position in between the roll bars that takes in additional air for cooling various components.
Climbing in is a little easier than the t-rex since you don't have to contort yourself around a roll cage. With the high sills, which are a necessity for added chassis rigidity, you basically step in and fall into the seat. Hoisting yourself out is perhaps the biggest challenge.
The V13R is 42 inches tall at its highest point, 139 inches long overall and rides on a 97.5 inch wheelbase. Overall width based on the front track is 78.5 inches and at 5 foot 10 I still felt like I had great legroom. Obviously there's no issues of headroom. The most important thing to note when climbing in, just like the T-Rex, is to make sure you remove the steering wheel otherwise it's hard to get your legs in just right. All you have to do is press a small release button, grab the collar behind it with both hands and slide it off. To install it back once you're seated, simply place the wheel back on the column and rotate it slightly until it locks in place.
The seating position is an instrumental part of this unique experience as you sit mere inches off the ground with your torso tilted rearward and your legs stretched nearly horizontal in front of you. Along with an adjustable pedal box, the seats can be slid for and aft by pulling up on a small release pin situated behind each headrest.
The handbrake is controlled by a lever adjacent to your left leg. General ergonomics are good, especially with how simple everything is.
The V13R felt a tad more comfortable as I think the padding was more substantial than the T-Rex I drove but a lot of that is customizable to your needs. As far as storage, there's not a ton of it but you do have a lockable glove box as well as a watertight compartment in the front of the vehicle. The compartment is also removable.
If you plan on taking it for an extended trip I would highly suggest opting for the travel package which adds a pair of saddle bags that mount up on either side of the engine. Each bag is a carrying capacity of 1.6 cubic feet. Not only are they lockable but they can even be removed if you want to take your stuff with you like a little suitcase. A special key is supplied with the bags to lock and unlock them. They offer a decent amount of space for clothes, toiletries or any of the relatively small necessities.
Well everyone, I hope you enjoyed the in-depth look at the Campagna V13R. Be sure to stay tuned next time, be sure to subscribe today as there is always a lot more where that came from. take care. Saabkyle04
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