Curtiss Warhawk: Brand’s first bike in 100 years, priced over Rs 68 lakh and named after WWII fighter plane

Curtiss Warhawk pays homage to the man who invented the American V-Twin motorcycle, Glenn Curtiss. Along with marking its comeback after a century, the Warhawk will also be the last of its kind as the company shifts focus to electric powertrains.

By: | Published: February 23, 2018 12:12 PM

Curtiss Motorcycles will be hitting the road for the first time in over a hundred years. Curtiss Warhawk is named after a World War II fighter plane and pays homage to the man behind America's first V-Twin motorcycle - Glenn Curtiss. The announcement marks the first product release since Confederate Motors rebranded to Curtiss Motorcycle earlier this year. Besides the introduction of its first motorcycle in a century, the Curtiss Warhawk will also mark the last of its kind from the manufacturer as the company makes its transition from combustion engines to electric powertrains.

“We’ve spent the past 27 years working to optimize and perfect Mr. Curtiss’s V-Twin invention,” explained Curtiss CEO Matt Chambers. “Everything we know is built into this machine. Because the Warhawk is based on our acclaimed P51 Fighter, the engine, powertrain, and chassis are as solid as a bank vault. But now, we’ve cranked it to 11. There are no more rabbits we can pull out of the proverbial hat. There’s simply no way to make a more explosive hot-rod American V-twin than the Curtiss Warhawk.”

Curtiss Warhawk will be limited to only 35 units, the production of which has begun already. The price tag on this appropriately named motorcycle will be $105,000 (about Rs 68 lakh).

Curtiss Warhawk will be powered by a 2,163 cc V-Twin, that puts out 150 bhp at 5100 rpm and 217 Nm at 2000 rpm, which is paired with a five-speed transmission. It gets twin 230mm discs with four-piston radially mounted calipers up front and at the back, it gets a 240mm disc with a two-piston caliper. The Warhawk rides on 160/70VR18 Michelin tyre up front and a 240/45VR18 Michelin at the back.

“The American V-twin is undoubtedly the most iconic and revered powertrain in motorcycle history. As we prepare to lead an all-new golden age of electrified motorcycles, this Curtiss Warhawk represents the best and final chapter in American V-Twin power and refinement. We’re building a handful of these Warhawks in honor of Mr. Curtiss and as a bequeathment from the brand of yesterday to the brand of tomorrow.”

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