Italian Electric Streetbike Exudes Speed

When we last checked in with Italian electric motorcycle makers CRP, they were all about racing, taking part – and winning – the 2010 and 2011 Vice World Championships with their electric superbike. CRP didn’t sell that bike, but they did rent it for a three-day race for about $7,200. Now, however, CRP has announced that their very first street model, the Energica, will hit the market soon.

The Energica, which was recently unveiled at the EICMA motorcycle show in Italy, is an Italian-styled, aggressive street machine that, even when parked, exudes speed. And for good reason, with its racing DNA the bike is built to get from point A to point B as quickly as possible.


image via CRP

The bike’s 100-kilowatt power plant is built upon a PMAC synchronous motor with permanent magnets generating up to 136 horsepower. As you would expect, this setup is a torque monster, delivering almost 116 ft. lbs. on the way to propelling this rocket to a top speed of about 137 mph. CRP boasts that this powertrain delivers 95 percent efficiency and a driving range of almost 95 miles.

Besides pure, heart-pounding speed and sleek good looks, the Energica also comes with some nice touches, including a digital, multifunction LCD dashboard, an LED lighting package, rear monoshock and Brembo front double caliper radial mounted brakes (for when you finally decide to slow down).  As you might imagine, these bikes are a limited edition and prices start at $20,578.

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Steve Duda lives in West Seattle, WA with three dogs and a lot of outdoor gear. A part-time fly fishing fishing guide and full-time writer, Steve’s work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Seattle Weekly, American Angler, Fly Fish Journal, The Drake, Democracy Now! and many others.

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