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.
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.”