Ever since Tony Fernandes and Dato’ Kamarudin Meranun took over the Caterham Group nearly two years ago, they have promised more new products and variety, but few could have expected this. Caterham is going into the motorcycle market and has launched its own motorcycle division, Caterham Bikes.
Three prototype products – the Brutus 750 (dubbed the ‘SUV of motorcycles’), the Classic E-Bike (an all-electric bike with retro styling) and the Carbon E-Bike (a premium electric bike inspired by F1 technology), have gone on show this week at the Milan International Motorcycle Exhibition.
Caterham Bikes will now join an expanding Caterham Group including the Caterham F1 Team, Caterham Racing (GP2), Caterham Technology & Innovation, Caterham Composites and the recently launched Caterham Moto Racing Team.
Production of the three launch bikes will begin as early as Spring 2014, with the Brutus 750 the first to be built, followed by the two electric bikes later in the year.
The Brutus 750, described as the ‘SUV of motorcycles’ can be used as a street bike, off-road machine or even a snowmobile and is the first motorcycle with an automatic transmission.
The Classic E-Bike has a range of 40-80 kms while the Carbon E-Bike will be a premium machine with modern styling inspired by F1 technology.
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