For years, Lotus has been renowned for their high performance lightweight cars, and since the manufacturer announced the creation of a Lotus motorcycle in a June 21, 2013 press release, we’ve waited patiently for production. Finally, in a Feb. 20 press release, Lotus officially announced that they will send the C-01 motorcycle to production.
In fact, they’ve already tested the bike and put the prototypes on the streets. The bike hosts a V-style 2-cylinder engine producing 200 hp placed within a carbon fiber frame. Other materials used are aerotech steel and titanium to provide a strong but light performance bike that weighs in at just 181 kg.
The design was brought together by a man named Daniel Simon, who, according to a Feb. 20 article from Top Gear, is also the man behind much of the Bugatti Veyron.
“The design process of the C-01 was a labour of love, there were many challenges, ensuring that the bike not only touches your visual senses with its timeless blend of classic appeal and modern execution, but that is safe and ergonomically sound was critical to me. We have worked hard to create a motorcycle with very distinctive features such as a clean main body, an extremely low side profile, a bold stance, a unique air intake, logical partline solutions and clean graphics,” Simon said in the Feb. 20 press release.
The superbike will see a limited production of just 100 units, meaning that enthusiasts will have to move fast if they want one. While standard color options are available, there are also options which allow your superbike to be modified to your personal specifications. At the time of this writing, prices have not been released, but we will be sure to update you with pricing information once it is available.