Suzuki partnered with the Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) to create Misano, a futuristic electric roadster that draws inspiration from motorcycles. The name actually comes from a popular racetrack in Italy located around Monza and San Marino. Measuring in at 13-feet in length, it’s slightly shorter than the Porsche 718 Boxster and has seating for two in a tandem configuration, with the battery pack situated next to the seats. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
A small windshield protects the occupants and if you look inside, there’s no steering wheel because the driver controls everything with a motorcycle-inspired joystick. For those who want to see it in person, just stop by the Museo Nazionale dell’Automobile di Torino in Italy between May 15 and June 6. There’s no word yet on if we’ll see this concept go into production.
- Authentic motocross frame geometry, the MX350 scales down the dirt bike to size for riders ages 13+ and up to 140 lb (64 kg)
- High-torque, rear-wheel chain-drive delivers increased power and traction
- Powers riders at speeds of up to 14 mph (22 km/h) with up to 30 minutes of continuous use
- Features adjustable-angle, riser-style handlebars, spoked wheels with 12” pneumatic, knobby tires, retractable kickstand, and hand-operated rear brake
- 24V (two 12V) sealed lead-acid rechargeable battery system
Misano is the result of the teamwork of our students who, from all over the world, have chosen Turin to prepare for their professional future. They find in IED the fertile and international context that allows them to acquire new skills, develop design provocations and experiment with their own creativity and an eye to the future of the sector. The comparison and collaboration with companies characterizes the two years of the training course, which culminates with the design of a 1: 1 scale model according to the dynamics of a style center, preparing students to be professionals ready to face the challenges of the market,” said Paola Zini , Director of IED Turin.