America’s first motorcycle company, Indian Motorcycle has raised the bar yet again for American motorcycles with the announcement of its most powerful engine to date, the PowerPlus.
Indian Motorcycle has just made a pretty big announcement regarding their upcoming motorcycle. The American bikemaker is set to launch the Challenger bagger motorbike and it will feature the most powerful engine ever to come from the company. The all-new, 1,769cc V-twin liquid-cooled motor will deliver a class-leading 121bhp and 178Nm of torque.
The fixed-fairing bagger bike, which will be called the Challenger, will utilise Indian Motorcycle’s state-of-the-art engine technology and become one of the highest-performing American V-twins to ever be developed. The new engine is called the PowerPlus and pays tribute to the Indian PowerPlus motorcycle produced from 1916 to 1924.
The PowerPlus engine has borrowed some design and performance features from the 1,133cc V-twin, liquid-cooled Indian Scout engine, which includes the overhead camshaft design utilising four valves per cylinder. However, the comparisons stop there. The new PowerPlus engine has been developed with a big-piston, big-torque mindset that will ensure maximum power delivery across the entire curve. The all-new engine will be mated to a six-speed transmission and will also feature true overdrive, assist clutch, and three riding modes with different throttle mapping.
said Steve Menneto, Indian Motorcycle President.
• Engine Displacement: 1769 cc (108 ci)
• Power: 120.6 hp / 90.1 kW at 5,500 RPM
• Torque: 178 Nm / 131.3 ft-lbs at 3,800 RPM
• Maximum Engine Speed: 6,500 RPM
• Architecture: 60-degree V-twin, liquid-cooled powerplant
• Crankcase: Unit design featuring a high capacity semi-dry sump oil system
• Timing System: Overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder
• Fuel System: Electronic fuel injection. 52mm dual-bore throttle bodies
• Compression Ratio: 11:1
• Transmission: Six-speed with true overdrive, constant mesh
• Clutch: Assist clutch