Indian FTR Carbon revealed: Smashing new styling, but heavier than standard

Mechanically, the FTR Carbon is identical to the other non-Carbon versions. It is powered by the same 1,203cc V-twin engine that puts out 123 hp and has been tuned for a flat torque curve.

By:Updated: May 03, 2020 5:18 PM
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It was in August 2019, Indian Motorcycle launched the FTR 1200 S and Race Replica in India and it drew a lot of attention as it was off from the usual style of motorcycles we’d seen Indian introduce. The FTR picks design inspiration from the manufacturer’s race-winning flat track bike – the FTR 750 which has dominated American Flat Track since 2016. And now a new version has been unveiled – the FTR Carbon. As the name suggests, it comes with a load of carbon fibre parts.

To list all the features, the FTR Carbon gets Carbon fibre front fender, Carbon fibre headlight nacelle, Carbon fibre tank/airbox covers, Carbon fibre passenger seat cowl, Titanium Akrapovič low-mount exhaust in black,and ‘FTR Carbon’ branded centre console plate.

Mechanically, the FTR Carbon is identical to the other non-Carbon versions. It is powered by the same 1,203cc V-twin engine that puts out 123 hp and has been tuned for a flat torque curve. The FTR is built around a trellis frame, gets inverted front suspension and for brakes, the discs have radially mounted dual Brembo callipers.

The fuel tank is strategically located under the seat for a lower centre of gravity and a more centralised weight distribution. Like it is on the FTR750 race bike, the airbox is positioned directly above the engine to optimise airflow.

Also read: Indian FTR 1200 S First Ride Review | American flat tracker feels as special as it looks

One other difference between the FTR Carbon and FTR 1200, S and RR is that of the weight. While one would expect something with ‘Carbon’ in its name to be lighter, the FTR Carbon has gained three-four kilograms. The detail, however, is only worth a mention and then forgotten as the Carbon will still do 200 km/h which the FTR 1200 is electronically restricted to and thanks to that flat torque curve, the 1200 S responds sprightly in every gear.

Indian FTR 1200 S and FTR 1200 S Race Replica are available in India at Rs 15.99 lakh and Rs 17.99 lakh (ex-showroom), respectively. Indian Motorcycles has also announced its tie-up with a leasing company called Orix. With this, FTR can be leased for Rs 39,999 a month. The Carbon making it to India, however, isn’t very likely.

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