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2014 Voxan Wattman Electric Motorcycle Claims 200hp and 148 ft-lb.
French manufacturer Voxan revealed a new electric motorcycle at the Salon de la Moto show in Paris. Boasting claims of 200 hp and 147.8 ft-lb., the Voxan Wattman is vying for the mantle of the world’s most powerful electric motorcycle.
The Wattman is the company’s first electric motorcycle, with Voxan moving away from its previous V-Twin engined gas chuggers, thanks to its new owner, electric automaker Venturi Automobiles.
Engineered in Monaco and produced in France, the Voxan Wattman claims a top speed of 170 kph (105 mph) with a 0-100 kph (0-62 mph) time of 3.4 seconds and 0-160 kph (0-99 mph) time of 5.9 seconds. Those are impressive acceleration times considering the claimed weight of 772 pounds.
Much of that weight is made up by the 12.8 kWh lithium-ion battery which Voxan claims can provide a range of 111 miles. The Wattman is equipped with a European quick charge Combo II socket which Voxan claims can provide an 80% charge in less than 30 minutes.
The battery pack and motor casing form most of the Wattman’s aluminum “exoskeleton” chassis. The rear suspension is a four-link double-swingarm system with two horizontally-aligned shocks, while a more conventional 43mm upside-down fork is used up front.
The front brake uses four 230mm discs with four-piston calipers from Beringer, similar to the front brake on the Brough Superior SS100. Beringer also supplies the 230mm rotor and two-piston caliper for the rear brake.
The 18-inch carbon fiber wheels are equipped with Michelin Commander II tires, with a 130/70 rubber up front and a wide 240/40 at the back.
Voxan plans to produce a small number of Wattman motorcycles on a made-to-order basis. No pricing details were revealed.