Published February 20, 2014
Nearly a year ago, Lotus announced the launch of its new motorcycle division, with a teaser image showing the carbon fiber tank of its C-01 superbike. Today, we have the official unveiling of the real thing, and it's stunning.
Employing all of Lotus' lessons learned from racing on four wheels, and adding in the expertise of the Holzer Group and Kodewa, the C-01 is a masterwork of lightness and form-follows-function design. It's also packing some darned impressive specs.
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A 75-degree V-twin displacing 1,195 cc puts out 200 horsepower, powering the rear-wheel through a six-speed jaw-type transmission and hydraulic clutch. Electronic engine management with digital ignition adjustment ensures optimum performance. Inverted forks, twin suspension struts, a steel/carbon/titanium fame, twin front disc brake and single rear disc, and an aggressive frame/suspension geometry complete the high-performance package.
Lotus plans to offer the C-01 in a range of liveries honoring the company's four-wheeled racing heritage, as well as a fully-customizable ordering process. Only 100 examples will be built, so don't expect these superbikes to be within reach of most mortals.
Right now, only the prototypes exist, but the C-01 is certified for road use and ready for ordering. If you'd like to get your name on the list, get in touch with Lotus Motorcycles.