Lotus has long been known for its sleek, road-hugging sports cars. Since the company began, Lotus has primarily focused on this small line of track-inspired roadsters. With the help of the man behind Tron: Legacy's lightcycles, that 60-plus year heritage is about to lean into a turn. After two years of design and planning, Lotus has just announced its first-ever motorcycle: the C-01.
The man behind the C-01's retro-inspired looks is Daniel Simon who, as well as drawing up those new lightcycles, used to work for Bugatti. Built from carbon fiber, titanium and high-quality steel, the C-01's design is neatly wrapped around a 1,195-cc V-twin engine, churning out approximately 200 horsepower. The whole bike weighs in at just under 400 pounds, likely delivering some pretty sweet acceleration. When asked about the design process, Simon said:
"[It] was a labor 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."
The just-announced C-01 hasn't yet been put through its paces, so we can't be sure exactly what speed it'll top out at, nor can we say what Lotus' flagship motorcycle will cost you (though it's not likely to be cheap). What we can say is that, when you go to pick one out, you'll definitely have some options on the table. On top of some designs inspired by Lotus' past, the automaker says that their customization service for the bikes will be "limited only by the imagination of the client." Be forewarned, however: you'll have to act fast to get your hands on a C-01. Only 100 are planned for production. Quick, somebody make a lightcycle edition!