5 months ago
Friday, April 4, 2014
Lotus introduced this in February of this year. I think it's kind of cool looking. Then I read that it has a 200 horsepower, 1200 cc V-twin engine. Wait a minute, did they partner up with Harley-Davidson? Because the engine that powers the Harley-Davidson Electra-Glide is also a 1200 cc V-twin, although I don't think Harley claims 200 horsepower. I do a little poking around and I find that Lotus is using the engine from a KTM Superbike.
The cylinders in this engine appear to be close to 90 degrees apart. The Harley's cylinders are separated by 45 degrees. This engine is watercooled while Harleys are air cooled, and this engine is turbocharged, which explains how they are able to get 200 horsepower out of it.
Lotus is asking $130,000 for their new toy. They only plan on building 100 of them this year, and they are already oversold. Says something about the economy, though I am not sure what.
P.S. I don't recall having heard of KTM before, but that's probably because I don't follow motorcycling that closely.