Welcome to the Sunday Edition of Hooniverse Weekend. During our e-mail banter between editors and the commentariant about the Lincoln Diesel, one of our intrepid editors (Alex Kierstein) found this web site about the Vixen Motorhome. How is that related to the Diesel Lincoln? They both used the BMW 2.4 liter, 6-cylinder turbo diesel. More after the jump….
There is a Vixen Owners Association website which is a great place to learn all about the Vixen Motorhome. Their site explains all about the Vixen:
The Vixen motor home was produced by the Vixen Motor Company, Inc., in Detroit, Michigan, from 1986 to 1989. There are three models; a BMW turbo-diesel powered lift top (the TD), a turbo-diesel eight-passenger limousine (the XC), and a General Motors gasoline-engined fixed-top (the SE). All are 21 feet long.
While the diesel engine may come from Bavaria and the transmission from France, much of the rest of the Vixens come from American car manufacturers. There are few unique parts on a Vixen which means that most parts are still available today.
The design was wind-tunnel tested until it reached a coefficient of drag of .29, better than most production sedans and even sports cars on the road at the time. That low cD coupled with light weight (5,100 pounds) and a fuel-efficient engine allows the TD model to reach 30 miles per gallon while the gasoline-engined SE hits 20 mpg.
The vehicle has an extremely loyal following, many of whom are members of the Vixen Owners’ Association which provides technical support as well as social gatherings, called Prides, for its members.
Why not go over the the Vixen Owners Association website, and discover the Vixen for yourself. And tell me if you would ever consider owning one of these.