Lotus Launches Tron-Inspired Superbike

May 22, 2014
There are few things in this world that will make a man want to abandon all sense of logic and splash out on a hugely impractical two-wheeled piece of machinery that goes like a bat out of hell. One of those things is the new Lotus C-01. With a modified KTM 1,195cc engine that can produce a staggering 200hp, and looking more like a piece of art than a mode of transport, the C-01 is a result of what happens when manufacturers are given a boat load of money and let loose. Like most good things, this incredibly slick-looking new road-registered bike is a result of an impressive collaboration – a two-year partnership between German motorsport masters Kodewa and the Holzer Group, while licensing the name of British sports car manufacturers, Lotus. If you’re thinking that it looks like something straight out of the videogame Tron, that’s probably because the body (made from a combination of carbon fibre, titanium and aerospace quality steel) comes from the brilliant mind of futurist designer Daniel Simon – the guy who designed the bikes for the 2010 film Tron: Legacy. As you’d expect from something that will set you back AED 500,000 - $136,000 - the superbike is currently limited to just 100 units, so fans of the Lotus brand will need to move fast to snap one up. Some people might call that kind of behaviour a mid-life crisis, but we defy them to come up with a two-wheeled mode of transport that is cooler than the Lotus C-01. [gallery link="none" ids="2005,2004,2007"] Details: visit lotus-motorcycles.com