Official: Lotus Motorcycles C-01 now ‘ready for the road’

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Lotus Motorcycle C-01

When we first laid eyes on leaked images of the Lotus Motorcycles C-01, we wondered if its laid-back, sport cruiser shape was really appropriate for a motorcycle bearing any connection with Colin Chapman and the company’s famous “add lightness” mantra. We’ve now seen official pictures of the bike in multiple color schemes, including classic black and gold, British racing green and even a variant that resembles Martini livery, and while we think it looks pretty cool, our opinion hasn’t really changed.

Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that the C-01 isn’t an embodiment of the Lotus ethos, as the company that intends to build it isn’t really Lotus at all, its builders – German racing firm Kodewa and tuner Holzer Group – merely having licensed the name of the British sportscar maker. It was designed by Daniel Simon, who once worked for Volkswagen and consulted for Bugatti and is the man credited with creating the reborn Tron Light Cycles. Still, looking past its questionable heritage, the C-01 looks pretty darn awesome, and there are some interesting bits that have us looking forward to the production version that’s reportedly due within the next two months.

As expected, power comes in at 200 horsepower, courtesy of a modified version of KTM’s 1,195-cc V-twin engine. The chassis is made up of steel, titanium and carbon fiber, with a seat height of about 28 inches. Its wheelbase, at about 65 inches, is a full 10 inches longer than a real street-legal superbike, and its front end is raked way out in front with a 19-inch wheel. Those dimensions mean we shouldn’t expect much racetrack prowess, unless its rider is only planning on going in a straight line. Indeed, with a claimed dry weight of under 400 pounds, the Lotus Motorcycles C-01 ought to be mighty quick down the quarter mile.

Check out the image gallery above, and feel free to read the press release and specifications chart below for more.

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