Ex-Ferrari Engineers Are Building a Carbon Fiber Two-Stroke Superbike

The Vins Duecinquanta makes 80 horsepower, weighs less than 200 lbs, and does 150 mph.

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When it comes to packing big power in a small package, it's hard to beat a two-stroke engine. Dirty emissions have largely sidelined the two-stroke in modern machines, but a newly-founded motorcycle company hopes to bring it back in an ultra-lightweight bike available in street and track variants.

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The is a carbon-fiber monocoque bike packing a 249cc V-twin two-stroke with electronic fuel injection. With an eye on extreme lightness, the street bike promises a curb weight of less than 210 lbs. No power figure is given, but with such a featherweight bike, it's almost guaranteed to be quick.

If that's not extreme enough for you, Vins also plans to introduce a , a track-only variant cranking out more than 80 horses and weighing less than 190 lbs. Top speed is targeted at 150 mph.

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Vins, based in Maranello, Italy, is the brainchild of . Their first prototype bike, the 100cc Powerlight, was introduced in Milan a few years ago sporting a carbon fiber monocoque.

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While it's unclear whether Vins can get a two-stroke engine past European emissions regulations, the idea of a superlight two-stroke bike is extremely intriguing to us. Even at prices that, frankly, put it well out of our reach: $48,000 for the street bike, more than $60,000 for the track model.

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