Meet The New Lotus C-01 Superbike

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Lotus Cars, the British luxury auto manufacturer known for its sleek supercars, has turned out a first for the company: a motorcycle.

The Lotus C-01 was recently announced to start at an equally-impressive price point of $137,000—and only 100 will ever be produced—so please leave it out of any dunk contest antics
 
Photo: Lotus 

The carbon fibre, titanium and steel-ensconced superbike was the result of a collaboration with Kodewa Performance Motorcycles (KPM), which was licensed by Lotus. KPM’s lead, Dr. Colin Kolles, originally came up with the idea of creating a superbike.

“We set out to create a bike that isn’t just great to ride but also represents a piece of art in motion,” he said in a prepared release. “Over the years I have seen my fair share of style over substance, what this bike brings to the market is a unique combination of both—state of the art technology with a truly jaw-dropping aesthetic.”

Unsurprisingly, the C-01 owes its incredible shape to former Bugatti Automobiles designer Daniel Simon, the designer of the Lightcycles that Olivia Wilde and Garrett Hedlund rode on in Tron: Legacy. Simon also worked on Tom Cruise’s bubble-shaped ship in Oblivion and the retro-futuristic Hydra vehicles in Captain America: The First Avenger. We can see the resemblance. If the original design of the C-01 isn’t enough, the bike will sport a variety of liveries.
 
Photo: Lotus 

“We have worked hard to create a motorcycle with very distinctive features such as a clean main body, an extremely low side pro?le, a bold stance, a unique air intake, logical partline solutions and clean graphics,” said Simon, according to Lotus.

For those more interested in what’s under the housing: it’s raw and aggressive. The bike has approximately 200 horsepower running through the veins of a modified KTM 1,195cc engine. Using super light materials, the bike also only weighs in at 399 pounds (without oil, fuel and rider). Brembo disc brakes and Ohlins suspension keep the beast under control. Interestingly, it doesn’t have ABS.

It should be noted that not everything is as bright and shiny as it looks. With that much riding under the fuel tank, some critics are calling the aesthetics-forward design a miss for those who want to take full advantage of the bike’s specs—between the small fairing and short fork rake, it may be less functional than it appears.
 
Photo: Lotus 

All in all, this beauty is shockingly beautiful, raw and blisteringly fast. Just don’t throw a leg over it unless you’ve got the experience, because this one’s ride or die. (Seriously, don’t scratch it).

For more images of the Lotus C-01, click through here for the gallery
 

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