LAST EVER V-TWIN
CURTISS MOTORCYCLES UNVEILS BEFORE SWITCH TO ELECTRIC
It’s the first bike in 100 years to come from the Curtiss Motorcycles badge, and sadly, it’s also the last ever V-Twin we’ll be seeing from the company.
Curtiss Motorcycles is a re-brand of the infamous Confederate Motorcycles, a company known for their pretty zany, steampunk looking V-Twin motorcycles like the P51.
The American brand are making the switch to electric bikes and the limited edition Warhawk is their send off, paying homage to Glenn Curtiss, the man behind America’s first ever V-Twin motorcycle.
The bike takes its name from the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, an American single-engined, single-seat, all-metal fighter and ground-attack aircraft that first flew in 1938.
Boasting a 2,163cc 56.25º V-TWIN, which puts out 150bhp and 160lb-ft at 2,000 RPM, the massive engine is showcased within an intricately detailed and dramatic chrome frame evoking images of an alternate steampunk world.
Developed and produced as a limited edition bike, only 35 are making it out of the factory and each finished bike is set to cost $105,000 (£75,500).
‘We’ve spent the past 27 years working to optimize and perfect Mr. Curtiss’s V-Twin invention,’ explains Curtiss CEO Matt Chambers.
‘Everything we know is built into this machine. Because the Warhawk is based on our acclaimed P51 Fighter, the engine, powertrain, and chassis are as solid as a bank vault. But now, we’ve cranked it to 11. There are no more rabbits we can pull out of the proverbial hat. There’s simply no way to make a more explosive hot-rod American V-twin than the Curtiss Warhawk.’
‘The American V-twin is undoubtedly the most iconic and revered powertrain in motorcycle history. As we prepare to lead an all-new golden age of electrified motorcycles, this Curtiss Warhawk represents the best and final chapter in American V-Twin power and refinement.
‘We’re building a handful of these Warhawks in honor of Mr. Curtiss and as a bequeathment from the brand of yesterday to the brand of tomorrow.’
After announcing their rebrand, Confederate Motorcycles also revealed they are partnering with Zero Motorcycles to create an all-electric cruiser, which will be called the Hercules.