Hesketh working on Bugatti Veyron of motorcycles
As the name suggests, the current bike is limited to just 24 copies, and in less than a year on the market, the company has just eight left to sell, according to The Telegraph. The cycle uses an air-cooled, 2.0-liter V-twin making 123 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque, and it's all wrapped in somewhat retro styling. Each one is priced at 35,000 pounds ($54,100 at current rates).
With the 24's production run mostly complete, Hesketh plans to launch a new bike in 2016, and the company is aiming for the top. "If the 24 is like an Aston Martin, we're working on a Bugatti Veyron," said current owner Paul Sleeman to The Telegraph. Those ambitions are pretty massive given the company's six employees and the modern world of high-performance motorcycles. Over 200 horsepower isn't uncommon today, and Kawasaki promises 300 hp from its track-only H2R.
According to The Telegraph, Sleeman paid less than 200,000 pounds ($309,000) to buy the rights to Hesketh Motorcycles and reportedly spent 1 million pounds ($1.5 million) on the brand since then. "We're in this for the long run," he said to the paper. We look forward to seeing how the brand plans to fulfill its lofty promises.
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