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Maserati V8 powers leaning quad bike

How would you like a four-wheeled leaning motorcycle powered by a 350 kilowatt, 4.7-litre V8 engine from a Maserati?

If that’s your order, then French motorcycle and car customiser Lazareth can do it. In fact, they’ve done it. It’s called the Lazareth LM 847 and it was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2016.

Some thought it was just a concept to show what could be done and that it would never take to the streets.

However, the above video has now been posted by the company, so it appears they could be serious about making this bike for cashed-up riders with a lust for big-engine power.

Quite frankly we much prefer some of their other custom bikes such as this Triumph Bonneville Scrambler.

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The Lazareth LM 847 is powered by the Ferrari/Maserati engine from the Maserati Quattroporte and Alfa Romeo 8C.

There is no word from Lazareth on how much it costs, but we suspect it may even be more than a Quattroporte which is currently more than a quarter of a million dollars!

There have been other leaning four-wheeler concepts before powered by all sorts of massive engines and they’ve even featured in moves such as Tron and Batman.

In real life, Yamaha seems to be leaning (‘scuse the pun) towards producing leaning multi-wheelers.

Lazareth LM 847 tech specs

  • Engine: V8 4.7L Maserati 32-valve cylinder:  4691 cc displacement Collector:  2 stainless steel manifolds 4 in 1
  • Transmission: 1-speed hydraulic coupler with chain drive
  • Power: 470hp at 7000 rpm
  • Torque: 619Nm at 4750 rpm
  • Brakes: Dual 420mm discs perimeter stirrups, Nissin 8 pistons; dual 255mm Brembo 4-piston disc
  • Tyres: Michelin Power Cup Evo
  • Length: 2650mm
  • Width:  900mm
  • Height: 1000mm
  • Wheelbase: 1850mm
  • Weight:  400kg
  • Chassis: polyester and carbon
  • Shocks: TFX Suspension Technology