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Curtiss unveils its 'Zeus' electric motorcycles, capable of 0-60 in 2.1 seconds

By midian182 · 9 replies
Nov 7, 2018
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  1. The two e-motorbikes, which were unveiled at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, Italy, are set to go into production in 2020. Looking a little bit like the bikes from Tron, they’re a far cry from the original Zeus concept, which Curtiss’ own design boss, Jordan Cornille, called “obsolete” and “as graceful as a cinder block.”

    With the updated versions of the Zeus prototype, Curtiss is looking to deliver a range of 280 miles, 145 foot-pounds of torque, and a 0 – 60 time of just 2.1 seconds, thanks to its 140Kw motor. That acceleration puts it close to Tesla’s $200,000 Roadster, which it says will be the “fastest production car ever,” boasting a 0 – 60 time of just 1.9 seconds.

    "With our new Advanced Technology division, we are developing new battery, motor, and control system technologies that enable us to deliver on our clean, modern aesthetic vision," said Cornille.

    The Drive notes that these bikes are still more like concepts. By the time the finished models roll off the production line, the tiny seat should be larger and padded, and they’ll need the mandatory mirrors and license plate frame.

    Curtiss said the Cafe and Bobber, along with the electric 'Hera' motorcycle it recently revealed, are expected to compete head-on with Harley-Davidson’s upcoming all-electric LiveWire (below), which the company says will go on sale next year.

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  2. Lounds

    Lounds TS Maniac Posts: 243   +168

    This Bike sounds like a death trap lol.
    lazer and Reehahs like this.
  3. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 2,244   +1,677

    I like the design of the front and the back of the Curtiss. The middle, not so much.
  4. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,710   +4,047

    Head to head with Harley? Are you telling me it too will be WAY over priced with limited milage on a single charge? NO SALE
  5. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,707   +449

    Tesla meats Autofabrica.
  6. Ravey

    Ravey TS Addict Posts: 164   +71

    wiyosaya and treetops like this.
  7. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,647   +616

    The white one looks like it's made out of plastic.
  8. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 2,045   +1,562

    Those seats look really uncomfortable.
  9. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 4,221   +2,490

    It probably is.

    With the right combination of materials, plastic included, it would be called a composite structure. Composite materials, done properly, can be far more durable and resistant to damage than most almost any metal. The composites can also be far lighter than those metals which is an aspect that contributes to those 0 - 60 times.
  10. clytndn

    clytndn TS Member

    #1...they're still using crude modes of transportation in this time period. Ask Mr. Data if he used the Federation Time Beacon that went through that spatial anomaly we encountered yesterday. He must have sent us back using the data downloaded from there. And have Gordi help Data re-calibrate his Positronic Matrix using another time beacon. Now beam us the Hell out of here & back onto the Enterprise!

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