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