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SWISS BARMY; 372MPH motor.. & stabilisers.

Byline: QUENTIN WILLSON

WE may think the Swiss are boring with their cheese, their penknives and their cuckoo clocks, but it looks like a few of them are card-carrying nutters.

And they must work for a company called Acabion, who have produced the GTBO, an indecently quick hybrid motorbike streamliner.

Looking a lot like a miniature Learjet, the GTBO is basically an enclosed bike with a 700bhp 1.3 Suzuki turbocharged engine...complete with rear stabilisers like the ones you used to have on your little Raleigh.

There are five models, starting with the GTBO 36, which is electronically limited to a "sensible" 280mph, rising to the big daddy GTBO 70 which Acabion claim (yes, really) is good for 372. Aerodynamic efficiency and carbon fibre construction give this utterly mental superbike a power-to-weight ratio that's superior to a Formula One racer.

Driver and passenger sit in tandem, there are two electric engines for four-wheel low-speed work, plus a six-speed sequential gearbox, leather trim and instruments made by Swiss watchmakers (who else?).

The best news of all is that the GTBO is no turntable tart, but a production reality with 26 road-legal versions in the pipeline. The acceleration of Schumacher's Ferrari, 372mph, and you don't have to pay the Congestion Charge. What is there not to love?

TECH FILE

Engine: 1.3-litre turbo

0-258: In 19 secs

Max: 372mph

Power: 2,000hp per tonne

Price: Upon request

Who'll Drive It: Speed freaks with a death wish

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No turntable tart... hybrid looks like a mini jet
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 1, 2007
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