The new motorcycles arm of legendary British sports brand Lotus has pulled the covers from its first-ever model today, the C-01.
Leaked images last month offered a first look at the new model, but these new shots give the best look yet at the retro-styled and carbon-clad monster.
The C-01 wears a new take on the classic look that endures with enthusiasts of the ‘cafe racer’ style, translated here by ex-Volkswagen designer Daniel Simon.
Developed mostly by racing outfit Kodewa and tuning specialists Holzer Ggroup, the C-01 is a production-bound beauty - although only 100 will be built.
Those lucky owners will be propelled by a 75-degree 1195cc V-twin engine producing 149kW of power.
The engine boasts digital ignition adjustment, and power is sent to the rear wheel through a six-speed jaw-type transmission and hydraulic clutch.
Packed in and onto the carbon, titanium and aerospace-grade steel frame are inverted forks, twin-suspension struts, single rear and twin front discs, and - in line with its ‘cafe racer’ design - an aggressive frame and suspension geometry.
"We set out to create a bike that isn’t just great to ride but also represents a piece of art in motion,” Kodewa boss Dr Colin Kolles said.
“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.”
The C-01 will be offered in a range of colourways and liveries, all honouring the Lotus brand’s racing heritage.
Reckon we’ll see one in Australia..? If you order one, be sure to let us know.
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