Those looking to get into high end, high performance electric motorcycles apparently need look no further than Mission Motorcycles. The company known for its electric racing motorcycle is getting into the retail space now, announcing plans for two spendy and speedy models - the limited edition Mission RS race replica and the highly configurable Mission R, pricing at $56,600 and $30,000, respectively, after a federal tax credit.
The Mission RS, according to Mission Motorcycles, is the higher end of the two offerings. It comes with a 140-mile combined cycle range battery, can top 150 MPH and is described as
a premium-spec street-legal iteration of the Mission Motors prototype that won the Laguna Seca FIM/TTXGP. As Mission Motorcycle’s halo product, production is extremely limited to just 40 editions. The production RS is an enhanced, street-legal version equipped with Öhlins FGRT forks and BST carbon fiber wheels.
The Mission R, meanwhile, has Öhlins RT suspension, Brembo monobloc calipers, and Marchesini forged aluminum wheels, and can be configured with one of three battery packages: 12 kWh, 15 kWh, or 17 kWh with 105 mile, 120 mile, and 140 mile respective combined cycle ranges.
Features in common with these two electric superbikes include sub 3-second 0-to-60 mph acceleration, regenerative braking, a 120 kW (160 hp) electric motor tied to the company’s proprietary drivetrain and a proprietary chassis designed by James Parker. Both are also outfitted with a rather unique dashboard known as the MissionOS, described as an “Internet-connected motorcycle information system, featuring turn-by-turn directions, track specific mode, integrated HD camera with telemetry overlay, wireless HUD integration, and more.”
The Mission RS reportedly will be available beginning in Summer 2014 and the Mission R following delivery of all limited-edition models. That the company is now at a point where it can comfortably announce release dates is a sign of its growth from mid-2009 when it was first talking about the Mission One electric motorcycle. The following year it unveiled the Mission R as its first racer.