It took a while longer than planned, but the Lotus C-01, the first product of Lotus Motorcycles, is now ready to take to the streets. It’s breathtaking isn’t it? The C-01 will have a limited production run of just 100 units, so superbikers and collectors, you better move fast to get one.
Mind you, it’s not exactly a Lotus per se, nor was it designed, engineered or produced by Group Lotus. What it actually is, is the result of a collaboration between motorsport veterans Kodewa and Kalex, which is licensed to use the Lotus name. In fact, its official designation is Kodewa Performance Motorcycles (PMC) C-01, Licensed by Lotus.
But let’s forget about the technicalities for now, and focus on the bike itself. If it reminds you of the Tron: Legacy bike, that’s because they share the same concept designer, Daniel Simon. The PMC/Lotus C-01 will be available with a range of motorsport-inspired liveries like the three below. A customisation service, apparently “limited only by the imagination of the client” is also available.
Kodewa’s Dr Colin Kolles said, “we set out to create a bike that isn’t just great to ride but also represents a piece of art in motion. Over the years I have seen my fair share of style over substance, what this bike brings to the market is a unique combination of both – state of the art technology with a truly jaw-dropping aesthetic.”
Power comes from a 200 hp 1.2 litre V-twin engine from the KTM RC8, connected to a six-speed “jaw-type” shift transmission with a traditional chain drive. As promised, the distinctive body integrates carbon-fibre, titanium and aerospace-quality steel.
So here it is, boys and girls; the Lotus C-01. What say you?