Back in June, Lotus announced it was getting into the motorcycle business. Or, we should say, Kodewa and the Holzer Group are getting into the motorcycle business, and have acquired the rights to use the Lotus name. One way or another, we're now receiving word on some of the specs we can expect from the prototype dubbed C-01.

The Lotus motorcycle is being designed by Daniel Simon, the automotive futurist who has penned, among other things, the light-cycles for Tron: Legacy and the livery on the LMP2 racer Kodewa also fields under the Lotus name. So you know it's going to look pretty awesome, but what will make it go?

According to Visor Down, the C-01 is being tested with a V-twin engine sourced from an undisclosed supplier that produces 170 horsepower in stock trim but has been tuned to produce nearly 200 hp in Lotus trim. A pair of prototypes – one with carbon-fiber bodywork and one without – have already undergone several thousand kilometers of testing, and are said to be handling "very well."

We'll have to wait until next month when the talents behind the project are expected to release more information, but for now it's sounding pretty sweet indeed.


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      Jim R
      • 11 Months Ago
      This is going to be a $40,000 motorcycle. Calling it now.
        litho
        • 2 Months Ago
        @Jim R

        Try again - I saw $137K - don't know if this is a racing bike only or if it will be street legal for the rich man's toy ...

        jodie88
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Jim R
        Easily, if not more!
      Two Wheels Only
      • 11 Months Ago
      "yawn" Just another overpriced motorcycle with an iconic name attached to it to get a few suckers to buy one. The sad thing is, my 12 year old 600 Ninja is too fast for public roads with half the horsepower and (probably) more weight.
      clydeleft
      • 11 Months Ago
      Is the motorcycle so fast that we can't view an image of it?
        Narom
        • 11 Months Ago
        @clydeleft
        All AOL sites have been having trouble recently for some reason.
      GRR
      • 11 Months Ago
      This is VERY old news, including the "preview" image....
      jodie88
      • 11 Months Ago
      Really 200 HP? So you c an careen into a wall at EXTRA ludicrous speeds! Seriously, enough tards have gotten themselves eviscerated on hayabusa's and gsxr 1000's, R1s, CBR 1000rrs, etc because their wallet outstripped their skill and common sense (by a large margin). Why add more power and less weight (going by the carbon)? I mean 150 HP (standard 1000cc power give or take) on a bike is already effing stupid amounts of power I am not so sure making this street legal is a great idea... but eff it, sell it anyway,
        Israel Isassi
        • 11 Months Ago
        @jodie88
        'cause it doesn't happen in cars.
        NissanGTR
        • 11 Months Ago
        @jodie88
        The average power 1000cc motorcycles make is closer to 175hp
        Just Stop It
        • 11 Months Ago
        @jodie88
        Ban it! Ban them! If stupid people MIGHT misuse them, punish everyone! Commie much?
          jodie88
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Just Stop It
          I didn't say ban them jack @ss... I was just commenting on how dangerous it is. Fascist much?
          jodie88
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Just Stop It
          Besides use of public roads is a privilege not a right... what you do on a track is your business, what you do on the street is everyone's business.
      johnnythemoney
      • 11 Months Ago
      This Lotus prostituting the rights of its name to just about anything is getting annoying. Not because the name should be respect or any of that. Simply because it doesn't make sense at all, because no one cares and therefore no one is getting anything back from it, being more cars sold or more sponsors for one of these ventures. As soon as Lotus F1 AKA Genii will realize that loosing Raikkonen was a big mistake, both from a performance and a marketing point of view, I hope other dummy Lotus entities will figure out it's much more important what you do and achieve than what's your name. At least the Genii idea started off as sponsorship.
      • 11 Months Ago
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        NissanGTR
        • 11 Months Ago
        looks like someone has been living under a rock. Suzuki already made a huge update to your squid bike.
      Melvyn
      • 11 Months Ago
      Seriously how do I get a copy of that motorcycle helmet, it's awesome. I'll do free advertising for them for a helmet. Just let me know how I can get one, I live in the USA.
      • 11 Months Ago
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