Lotus C-01 renderingWell, this isn't exactly what we were expecting. The images you see above come from Motorcycle News in the UK and are apparently official renderings of what the upcoming Lotus C-01 motorcycle will look like. As you can see, it's sort of a power cruiser, with a raked-out front end and extremely wide rubber out back.

Power will reportedly come from a liquid-cooled V-twin engine sourced from KTM, similar to the one used in the Austrian's brand's own RC8R, but tuned to produce around 200 horsepower. It appears that the powertrain and all its related necessities will be housed in a carbon fiber monocoque (whether the bodywork serves as a stressed member or not, we can't say) in a traditional-looking black (really, exposed carbon fiber weave) and yellow color scheme.

From the looks of these renderings, the C-01 might be intended as a competitor for the Ducati Diavel and ought to be very quick in a straight line. We're not so sure that's what a motorcycle wearing the Lotus badge should be, even if its builders are only using the marque's name under license, but we're looking forward to seeing the final result in production trim.


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      GRR
      • 11 Months Ago
      This is the complete opposite of what Lotus stands for, which is supposed to be simple, lightweight and agile, any motorcyclist can easily tell by its geometry this will not handle very well
        Frankie Rose
        • 11 Months Ago
        @GRR
        +1 Your basic posermobile. It's meant to look the business to anybody who's never ridden a streetbike. Why would you put tread on the side of the rear tire if you're never gonna go there? At least the Ducati Diavel can be counted on to turn a corner when the road gets twisty.
        John B
        • 11 Months Ago
        @GRR
        It's probably in response to the the Ferrari motorcycle. It's just a motorcycle version of an impossibly expensive sports car brand for the sake of having it's name on a motorcycle. I see your purist point that it isn't simple, agile and really functional which is what Lotus is supposed to specialize in. Probably most people don't know that about Lotus though. It has the styling of a Lotus sort of. It has 200 horse power which would probably fracture your vertebrate or flip over backwards. It should maybe have more cylinders though just for an amply exotic exhaust whine. Oh, it balances and it turns too. Your supposed to ride around on it if your super rich and have everyone jaw drop and stare. So in that respect it does what they were aiming for it to do.. If I were that rich I would certainly have one and the Ferrari too. And a few of the great cars.
      Alfa Pete
      • 11 Months Ago
      This bike looks as heavy as one of Lotus' cars!
      Vladymyr Martsinkovs
      • 11 Months Ago
      Looks comfortable
      A_Concerned_Citizen
      • 11 Months Ago
      If their project charter asked for a mashup of different motorcycling segments, they sure got it.
      Scott
      • 11 Months Ago
      To quote Luke Skywalker - "What a piece of junk" I had much, MUCH higher hopes for a true performance bike, not just a variation on a 'Power Cruiser". Oh well, at least we still have EBR doing it right.
      • 11 Months Ago
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      Poe
      • 11 Months Ago
      What?!?!? Did I just emerge from a coma on April 1st and this is some kind of sick joke??? Anything with a Lotus badge on it should be focused 100% on excellent handling - which this retro-styled raked-out cafe' racer/power cruiser/chopper certainly is NOT. Kill it with fire.
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Poe
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          joeboarder108
          • 11 Months Ago
          hahahaha good one! you're hilarious!
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          Poe
          • 11 Months Ago
          An unnecessarily wide rear tire combined with a raked fork makes for a very slow, awkward turn-in. Definitely not intended for the track (except maybe a drag strip).
      jodie88
      • 11 Months Ago
      This is a fancy suicide machine...
      al3nas
      • 11 Months Ago
      Comparing this to Diavel is ridiculous :) This is a bike suitable for salt flats - it's a rocket :)
        • 11 Months Ago
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      Julian
      • 11 Months Ago
      sucks. kill it and start over. since when does a lotus look like a dirigible? For only having a vtwin the whole fairing seems overly immense and i'd probably rather see whats under there anyway.
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Julian
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      Gangalal Rajbahak
      • 11 Months Ago
      I'd like this New motorcycle. I Live in Nepal and I want to Ride and it promote to Sell in Nepal to Visit from Mt. Everest.
      Tribesman2004
      • 11 Months Ago
      As someone who typically doesn't car for bikes... this thing is ******* *Gorgeous*!
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