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A never-ridden Lotus motorcycle sells at Monterey Car Week

Certainly one of the most extreme modern motorcycles on the planet, a rare example of the otherworldly Lotus C-01 from 2014 crossed the block at Mecum Auctions' Monterey sale which took place on August 18-20 in Monterey, Calif. With a look conceived by Daniel Simon, creator of the light cycles in the film Tron__: Legacy, the bike unmistakably shares the same design DNA of its cinematic counterpart.

Comprising a chromoly trellis tube frame covered with a 12-piece carbon-fibre shell, the bike is given its brawn by a 130kW, 1195cc KTM V-twin engine mated with a six-speed transmission. And the super cycle surges forward on carbon-fibre wheels (19-inch in front, 17-inch at the back) manufactured exclusively for the model. Other cutting-edge componentry includes a cast-aluminium swing arm, an upside-down Sachs fork, Öhlins rear suspension, and Brembo racing brakes.

The example at auction is from the first year of production and one of only 100 made in total. Never ridden, the bike sold for $190,000 ($252,000 AUD). ( mecum.com)

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