Caterham Brutus 750

Caterham, known for making lightweight sport cars like the Seven, has launched its very own motorcycle division, Caterham Bikes at the EICMA in Milan. Marking the momentous occasion was the introduction of three prototype bikes – the Brutus 750, Classic E-Bike and the Carbon E-Bike.

Described as the “SUV of motorcycles”, the 750 cc-powered Brutus 750 will be the first to go into production starting spring next year. Caterham claims that the bike can operate as a street bike, an off-road machine or even a snowmobile, with conversion in less than four hours.

Caterham Classic E-Bike 02

While not appearing as manly as the Brutus 750, the Classic E-Bike does boast a simple and uncluttered image of a classic bicycle with a modern twist. The bike is powered by a 250 Watt brushless centre motor, coupled to a three-speed Shimano Nexus automatic gearbox to offer a 40-80 km range.

Finally, the Carbon E-Bike gets the inspiration and material from the company’s Formula One project. The bike is built on a modular carbon-aluminium frame (which can be had in three different sizes) connected to a carbon girder forks at the front end and a monoshock at the other. Power comes from the same 36-Volt, 250 Watt motor but transmission has been upped to an eight-speed.

Caterham Carbon E-Bike 03

Caterham Bikes will be spearheaded by Al-Ishsal Ishak as CEO, backed by a new management team of Alessandro Tartarini as Chief Designer, Zeno Panarari as Chief Engineer along with ex-MotoGP racer Andreas Leuthe, who will be responsible for distribution and sales.

“Expanding our interests into the two-wheeled market is another natural progression for us and is a good opportunity to showcase the breadth of knowledge, experience and creativity we have at our disposal across the Group, now in the two-wheeled world in addition to all of our other automotive, technology and innovation interests,” said Caterham Group co-chairman Tony Fernandes.

Caterham Bikes will begin with the European, North and South American markets but Asia will be the group’s key growth market.

 



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