I think the hardest part of writing this blog about Trikes is seeing how many absolutely fantastic trikes don’t make it. The Scorpion P6 is another one of these. I have tried to contact the owners but to no avail. I will keep you updated if they get back to me but all I can say is that the P6 is the closest vehicle to an F1 car or Indy Car that I have seen. It is a beast both in looks and in performance and should definitely still be available.
Following is an outtake from a video by the owner of Scorpion Motorsports:
“My name is Mark and I'm the owner scorpion motor-sports. I started scorpion back in 2006 with the purpose of building the world's most exotic, street-legal vehicle. Here in America, a motorcycle is considered a vehicle with less than four wheels in contact with the ground. So we took the opportunity to classify the Scorpion as a motorcycle by doing it as a three-wheeled vehicle in order to push the boundaries of what we could do with lightweight vehicle technology.”
“The Scorpion P6 is actually a 699 pound vehicle so with 125 horsepower it's cable of reaching a 0-60 mph in three and a half seconds with a top speed of about 160 mph plus mile an hour.
The Scorpion P6 is unlike driving a car or riding a motorcycle. Although you're sitting there with a steering wheel and pedal set, you've got no roof, you've got no doors, you've got no windshield, so you've got the wind in your face, you've got the engine screaming behind your head, you've got the suction of the intake right above your head and that makes it a completely exhilarating experience.
The response time from the steering wheel is ultra quick. The Scorpion P6 corners with immediate accuracy and the acceleration is just unlike anything you can experience a normal street car. One of the main reasons that we really wanted to get into manufacturing in this lightweight niche market, is that you can build a vehicle that's street-legal but it just doesn't have the confines of a normal street-legal car. It's able to go faster, corner harder and just be more enjoyable when you are just sitting within the speed limit.”
With a front end that looks like a Formula One car and a rear end that’s made up of a center wheel, the P6 defies any conventional logic as to how a three-wheeled racer can look. This trike is oddly amusing but the smile just widens when you see the impressive performance specs.
What the Scorpion P6 Trike is and why it was such good value.
The housing for the P6, is made from a GRP composite body with an optional full carbon fiber body to go with a carbon fiber wing. The suspension comes with adjustable shocks on the front and rear, while hyper-coil springs and an adjustable anti-roll bar are also part of the configuration. Meanwhile, the interior features leather and suede upholstery, an AiM Mychron 3 dash/data logger, Tilton pedals, and a sequential shifter with an optional electronic paddle shifter thrown in for those interested in the add-on.
Scorpion Motorsports offered a juiced up P6 called the ’P6 Turbo’. Effectively, the P6 Turbo was a standard P6 with a few race options that included a turbo kit, a power commander, and a full titanium exhaust system.
In terms of performance, the P6 was powered by a 600 cc engine that produced 126 horsepower, a 0-60 mph time of 3.5 seconds, and a 0-100-0 mph time of just 10 seconds. For a little three-wheeled car that looks like a Ferrari F1 racer, that’s posting some pretty serious numbers.
The base price for a 2011 Scorpion P6 wasn’t that cheap. It was actually $29,900, which was enough money to buy you a really nice, albeit entry-level sports car.
If you’re the type that would want to throw more money away, you can choose from a number of extra options to give your P6 a nice touch of carbon fiber digs. Check out the table below for the prices of the standard options and a few race options that, might we add, can be factory ordered, but not EPA tested. Therefore, this option - it’s effectively called the P6 Turbo - is not intended for use on the street and buyers are solely responsible for appropriate use of these components.
Standard Options Price
Carbon Body $7,200
Carbon Front Wing $3,000
Carbon Rear Wing $1,600
Carbon Fenders $1,300
Electronic Paddle Shifter $4,000
HID $ 550
Storage Cover $ 550
Race Options Price
Turbo Kit $6,000
Power Commander* $ 650
Full Titanium Exhaust $1,300
*A Power Commander is an electronic device that’s connected to a vehicle’s electrical system and improves its performance. When connected to a vehicle’s control computer, a Power Commander can modify fuel injection and ignition settings, giving the rider opportunities to adjust his ride’s performance settings.
So there you have it. Definitely one of my favorites. The P6 Scorpion was a lot of sports car for the money. They even sold some here is Australia.
I will keep you all posted on if I can find out anything more about their situation.