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Dodge Tomahawk

The Dodge Tomahawk concept motorcycle was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Mich., on Jan. 6, 2003. The 500-horsepower Viper V-10 engine gives the Tomahawk a potential top speed of nearly 400 miles per hour.

AP Photo/Paul Sancya

The Dodge Tomahawk, a concept motorcycle-like conveyance possessing more than 500 horsepower, makes our list for its wanton and brazen dismissal of even a nod to practicality. On this one, clearly the designers beat the bean counters. Upon its release in 2003, a Dodge official called the Tomahawk "a bold-faced slap against mediocrity."

Yes, that's a V-10 engine, the same one used in the Dodge Viper sports car, bulging out from beneath the fuel tank.

With its long profile and stubby handlebars, you won't be out-cornering much on a Tomahawk, except maybe semi-tractor trailers. But with a 0 to 60 mph (0 to 96.6 kilometers per hour) time of just 2.6 seconds, who needs to corner? That is, if you could even ride one -- which you can't. They've all been sold (at somewhere north of $500,000 each) and none of them are street legal.

We're inclined to agree with Forbes automotive journalist Dan Lienert, who wrote of the Tomahawk: "According to Dodge representatives it is meant to show how the company is capable of 'thinking outside the box.' We just hope it's not a pine box" [source: Lienert].

For its bold (or baffling) design, depending on your point of view, the Dodge Tomahawk makes the cut on our list of strangest vehicles.

With that, it's time for us to return the hard-working HowStuffWorks "Strange-O-Meter" back to its recharging dock and wrap up this article. But if you're looking for more information about strange or unusual vehicles and other related topics, follow the links on the next page.

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