Indian Motorcycles launches Classic, Vintage and Chieftain in India starting Rs 26.5 lakh
Indian Motorcycles have finally landed on our shores. The American motorcycle manufacturer has brought in its three cruisers to India. The lowest priced among them is the Indian Classic at Rs 26.5 lakh. Stay tuned for Shumi's first ride report of the Classic. The Indian Classic has telescopic cartridge forks with dual rate springs and rides on Dunlop Elite rubber. The fuel tank capacity is 20.8 litres and the motorcycle weighs in at 354kg. Keyless start, ABS, leather seats and cruise control are part of the standard fare.
Here is some history of the Indian Chief.
The next motorcycle, the Indian Chief Vintage also boasts similar specifications as the Classic, however it weighs 10 kilos more and adds a quick release Lexan windshield and vintage fender badge to the list of equipment. The Indian Chief Vintage is price at Rs 29.5 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
The third and last motorcycle, the Indian Chieftain is 4kg heavier than the Vintage is price at Rs 33 lakh. In addition to all the features in the Vintage, the Chieftain gets tyre pressure monitoring system, powered windshield, 100watt stereo system with smartphone and Bluetooth compatibility.
You can read our first ride report on the Chieftain here.
All the Indian Motorcycles are powered by the new 49-degree V-Twin Thunder Stroke 111 engine which makes 138.9Nm of torque at 2600rpm. It is the largest, most torquey production V-Twin in the market and has head fins, downfiring exhaust and parallel pushrods as reference from the past. A 6-speed manual transmission helps puts down all this power to the road.
Indian Motorcycles initially wants to sell around 20-30 units in a year in India and want to capture 10 per cent of the market share. The brand needless to say is being brought in by parent company Polaris to India. The motorcycles will be CBU with the first Indian dealer in Delhi to start deliveries by mid-March. Bangalore will also get an Indian Motorcycles dealership soon.
Indian Motorcycles India launch - press release
|Indian Motorcycle to Electrify India, History, and Motorcycling Enthusiasts with the Reveal of 2014 Indian Chief Most Significant Motorcycle Introduction in Decades; Wednesday, January 22 at Le Meridien Hotel New Delhi-January 22, 2014: Polaris India Pvt. Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Polaris Industries Inc., the world leader in off-road and All-Terrain Vehicles launched the iconic Indian Motorcycle® brand in India today. This move also marks Polaris's foray into the motorcycle segment in India. Polaris India has brought in the entire Indian Motorcycle's Chief range Indian® Chief® Classic, Indian® Chief® Vintage and Indian® Chieftain to India. A short, sneak peek video of the new 2014 Indian Chief is available on the Indian Motorcycle website (www.indianmotorcycle.com/en-in). With classic styling, true heritage and modern technology, the launch will excite and entice the enthusiasts in India. The Chief range is powered by Thunder Stroke111 engine that churns out 139 Nm of torque at 2600 rpm. The range will be sold through completely-built-up (CBU) route. The Thunder Stroke 111 engine features 111 cubic inch displacement and delivers the raw power and iconic styling that have long been hallmarks of the legendary Indian Motorcycle brand. The 49-degree V-Twin engine is the new heartbeat of Indian Motorcycle and marks the first clean-sheet Indian Motorcycle engine design in seven decades. With parallel pushrod tubes, finned heads, down firing exhausts, left side air intake, and the proportions and layout familiar to Indian Motorcycle fans around the world, the Thunder Stroke 111 is sure to inspire both experienced and new riders. Indian Motorcycle Thunder Stroke 111 Engine Specifications: Engine: Thunder Stroke 111(1,811 cc) Torque: 139 Nm of torque at 2600 rpm Architecture: 49-degree V-twin, air-cooled with integrated oil cooler, left-side air intake, down firing exhaust system, parallel pushrod tubes Crankcase: Unit design featuring a high capacity semi-dry sump oil system, oversized oil radiator Timing System: 3 camshafts, pushrods, 2 valves per cylinder acting through maintenance-free hydraulic valve lifters, forged crankshaft Fuel System: Electronic sequential port fuel injection and Electronic Throttle Control (ETC) Compression Ratio: 9.5: 1 Transmission: 6-speed overdrive, constant mesh, helical gearbox Clutch: Low-effort, multi-plate wet clutch, aluminum basket, integral torsional damper "This launch holds great importance for us. We launched the marquee bikes in the US early last year and were appreciated immensely for reviving history. The Chief line enthralled the bikers and created an aura for itself within few days of the launch. Reviving the legend with a new heart but its same soul, Polaris India has ended the long wait for Indian Motorcycle enthusiasts with this launch. We are now giving enthusiasts a chance to own a piece of history in a modern package," said Mr. Pankaj Dubey, Managing Director, Polaris India Pvt. Ltd. Indian Motorcycle is an iconic brand that gained immense popularity across world geography. In April 2011, Polaris Industries acquired Indian Motorcycle and in August 2013, it unveiled the all-new range of Indian motorcycles. Since the April 2011 acquisition of Indian Motorcycle by Polaris Industries, the company has made an unprecedented commitment of time, resources and passion into the design of the all-new power plant. From the outset, the goal was to capture the iconic design and styling aspects of the 113-year old brand's most historic models and fuse that heritage with state-of-the-art technology and progressive design elements. The new design reflects an unparalleled investment into researching the complete history of Indian Motorcycle power train development. ABOUT INDIAN MOTORCYCLE Indian Motorcycle, a wholly-owned division of Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII), is America's first motorcycle company. Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle has won the hearts of motorcyclists around the world and earned distinction as one of America's most legendary and iconic brands through unrivalled racing dominance, engineering prowess and countless innovations and industry firsts. Today that heritage and passion is reignited in India. To learn more, please visit www.indianmotorcycle.com/en-inand Like Us at www.facebook.com/indianmotorcycleindia About Polaris Industries INC. Polaris is a recognized leader in the power sports industry with annual 2012 sales of .2 billion. Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets innovative, high quality off-road vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER® and RZR® side-by-side vehicles, snowmobiles, motorcycles and small vehicles. Polaris is among the global sales leaders for both snowmobiles and off-road vehicles and has established a presence in the heavyweight cruiser and touring motorcycle market with the Victory and Indian motorcycle brands. Additionally, Polaris continues to invest in the global on-road small vehicle industry with Global Electric Motorcars (GEM), GoupilIndustrie SA, Aixam Mega S.A.S., and internally developed vehicles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Polaris and KLIM branded apparel and Polaris accessories and parts. Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "PII", and the Company is included in the S&P Mid-Cap 400 stock price index. Information about the complete line of Polaris products, apparel and vehicle accessories are available from authorized Polaris dealers or anytime at www.polaris.com.|
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