The Curtiss Zeus Is the World’s First ‘E-Twin’ Electric Motorcycle, Has Confederate DNA

It’s a 170-horsepower beast.

As promised, the newest bike from Curtiss Motorcycles—the company formerly known as Confederate—is all electric. And it’s totally badass.

The Zeus prototype boasts the “world’s first E-Twin” electric motor instead of the snarling V-Twin internal combustion engine that made two-wheeled Confederate masterpieces like the Wraith and FA-13 Combat Bomber so undeniably awesome.

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Curtiss Motorcycles CEO Matt Chambers expanded on the design and advantages of the E-Twin in a recent interview with Drive Mag:

“The Curtiss models will deploy a modular architectural system, the design of which we’ve filed numerous patents on, as the foundation for an all-new Twin-Engine powertrain from the world leader in motorcycle torque production, Zero,” Chambers said. 

“Their all-new powertrain package embodies a classical proportion, that’s lower, narrower, and with superior weight management to any other two-wheeled EV,” he added. “The geometry and ergonomics are classic, too, empowering the rider with effortless control, as well as massive acceleration, top speed, handling, and comfort.”

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Official specs and its price are forthcoming, but Autoblog has preliminary details: 

Power comes from a 14-kWh battery pack driving what its maker calls “the world’s first E-Twin power unit,” which is two high-output electric motors working a common output shaft.  

We’ve read elsewhere that Zeus numbers come in somewhere around 170 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque.  

Take a first look at “the all-electric hot rod god” in the gallery above.

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