It makes total sense. Building and selling electric motorcycles was, after all, the underlying premise of the company at its founding. When its original Yves Behar design, the Mission One, didn't achieve enough demand, however, the company switched gears (as it were) and decided to concentrate on drivetrain development. It was during this time it built the original Mission R that this future product will be based on. Read on for all the details.
The Mission RS is a drool-worthy replica of the bike that set the electric lap record at Laguna Seca on its way to winning the only TTXGP event it was ever entered in. Limited to 40 examples, it has the same drivetrain with 163 horsepower and 120 pound feet of torque to zip you up to 150 miles per hour as the more-affordable R model, but features an Öhlins FGRT fork and BST carbon fiber wheels. RS buyers will also receive the first deliveries, special "early adopter" perks and a "one-on-one VIP rider training experience". That might come in handy as the so-called MissionOS touchscreen interface has a ton of features, including telemetry, navigation, tunable controls and a "track mode". There's even an integrated image-stablized HD camera involved.
The $58,999 (before federal and/or state tax incentives) RS is outfitted with a 17 kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery that the company says should be good for 230 city miles or 140 miles of a 50/50 city/interstate-speed blend. With an optional second charger, it can suck up all the electrons it can handle in under two hours.
If that price tag is a bit much for you, the R starts at a much more reasonable $32,499. The deposit is also half the size of the $10,000 required for the RS. It comes with a 12 kWh battery – there are optional 15 and 17 kWh packages also available – and still features fully adjustable Öhlins suspension bits and Brembo brakes.
You can check out the official press release below along with a short promotional video. As a bonus we've also included footage of a full Steve-Rapp lap around the famed Laguna Seca circuit. Enjoy!
The redefinition of two-wheeled speed starts now, as Mission Motorcycles proudly opens sales of the world's most innovative, technologically advanced, zero emissions electric superbikes to the public.
"The motorcycle industry seems to have stagnated, where the biggest headlines are filled with the smallest of improvements. Only by combining the cleanest expression of raw power, provided by an electric powertrain, with the connectivity we've come to expect, can anyone truly evolve the motorcycle into the 21st century. And this is precisely our goal" says Mission Motorcycles President, Mark Seeger.
Two models -- both designed, built, and assembled in the USA -- are now available: the limited-edition race-proven Mission RS, and the highly configurable Mission R. Both models are based on the architecture of the breakthrough race bike built by Mission Motors that dominated the FIM/TTXGP race at Laguna Seca in 2011.
Mission Motorcycles is the result of a partnership between Mission Motors, developer of the record-setting prototype, and Mark Seeger, known for creating successful, innovation-focused businesses that match perfect products to insatiable demand.
When asked about the partnership, Jit Bhattacharya, President of Mission Motors responded: "For two years, riders were demanding that we bring the Mission race bike to market. And for two years, we disappointed them. Today, through this partnership with Mark Seeger and the talented team at Mission Motorcycles, the wait is over."
The Mission RS and Mission R are powered by state-of-the-art electric powertrain technology from Mission Motors. The custom Mission Motorcycles InfiniteDrive™ powertrain delivers a quality of speed -- and sound -- unlike anything the motorcycling world has known. From low rotational inertia to instantly available power, the package offers an incredibly pure riding experience. Both models from Mission Motorcycles will feature the MissionOS™ -- the world's first internet-connected motorcycle information system, comprising turn-by-turn directions, integrated HD camera with telemetry overlay, wireless HUD integration, and more.
Extremely limited, only 40 of the race-proven Mission RS will be produced -- one for each second of the lead that the Mission prototype had over the field at Laguna Seca's FIM/TTXGP finish line. Prices for the RS begin at $56,499 after a Federal tax credit. Meanwhile, prices for the cutting-edge Mission R begin at $29,999 after a Federal tax credit. Both machines boast sub 3-second 0-to-60 mph acceleration, 150 mph top speeds, and ranges of up to 140 miles.
Reservations for the Mission RS and Mission R can be made on the company's website: www.mission-motorcycles.com
Models & Availability:
Mission Motorcycles kicks off 2013 with two available product lines: The Mission RS and the Mission R.
The Mission RS is a premium-spec street-legal iteration of the Mission Motors prototype that won the Laguna Seca FIM/TTXGP. As Mission Motorcycle's halo product, production is extremely limited to just 40 editions. The production RS is an enhanced, street-legal version equipped with Öhlins FGRT forks and BST carbon fiber wheels. Additional details on the component packages available to augment the Mission RS are available online. The Mission RS will be delivered with a 140-mile combined cycle range battery and retails for $56,499 after a $2,500 Federal tax credit.
The Mission R will be delivered with Öhlins RT suspension, Brembo monobloc calipers, and Marchesini forged aluminum wheels. Customers will be able to configure the Mission R with one of three battery packages: 12 kWh, 15 kWh, or 17 kWh with 105 mile, 120 mile, and 140 mile respective combined cycle ranges. Pricing for the Mission R starts at $29,999, including $2,500 Federal tax credit.
Both models are available immediately for customer reservation. With a proprietary chassis designed by James Parker -- and the custom Mission Motorcycles InfiniteDrive™ powertrain that provides over 160 hp -- both Mission superbikes are capable of sub 3-second 0-to-60 acceleration times and over 150 mph top speeds. The Mission RS and Mission R also feature the MissionOS™, the world's first internet-connected motorcycle information system, featuring turn-by-turn directions, track specific mode, integrated HD camera with telemetry overlay, wireless HUD integration, and more.
Mission Motorcycles will deliver the Mission RS beginning in Summer 2014 and the Mission R following delivery of all limited-edition models.
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