This Insane New 161kW Electric Motorcycle Looks—and Performs—Like It Has a V8

Curtiss Motorcycles’ new Zeus Radial V8 may use a battery, but it is ceding nothing to your gas-powered bike.

By Peter Jackson 19/09/2019

Alabama-based Curtiss Motorcycles, the start-up that rose from the ashes of now-defunct Confederate Motorcycles, is amped up on its new identity and direction. Named after Glenn Curtiss, an avid motorcycle builder and racer of the early 1900s, the manufacturer is solely committed to all-electric bikes, and its Zeus Radial V8 will soon be leading the charge.



Taking aesthetic inspiration from Glenn Curtiss’s raucous, 4410 cc eight-cylinder cycle, in which he set an unofficial land speed record of 219.8km/h in 1907, the Zeus pays tribute to that innovative machine with a contemporary twist. The leading design feature is the arrangement of batteries, which are made to look like a V-8 engine—a configuration that allows for ample air cooling.



“The original Curtiss V8 was the ultimate motorcycle of the industrial golden age, ushering in performance that was unimagined before his world speed record,” says Matt Chambers, the company’s CEO. “The Radial V8 ushers in an all-new golden age. It is just the beginning of what we are capable of with our new technology.”



Curtiss Motorcycles' Zeus Radial V8

Courtesy of Curtiss Motorcycles

The Zeus’ electric motor—designed and developed by Britain’s YASA Limited—has an estimated output of 161Kw and 200Nm of torque. Battery capacity is projected to be 16.8 kWh at 399V.



“Charging will be fast and at home,” says Chambers. “One hour to charge, or 30 minutes for 80 per cent. A full charge allows for 90 miles of steady riding or 240 kilometres in stop-and-go conditions.”



The Zeus (around AUD$110,000) will be the brand’s halo machine, part of a steady stream of new projected models that represent an enormous departure from the brutish, combustion-engine machines created by Confederate Motorcycles.



“Our future is much lighter-weight and with far fewer moving elements,” notes Chambers. “And a new battery pack is needed only every 7 to 10 years.”



The first deliveries of the Zeus Radial V8 are expected to begin in May 2020.



Check out more pictures of the Zeus Radial V8 below:

Curtiss Motorcycles' Zeus Radial V8

Courtesy of Curtiss MotorcyclesCurtiss Motorcycles' Zeus Radial V8

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Curtiss Motorcycles' Zeus Radial V8

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Curtiss Motorcycles' Zeus Radial V8

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