Indian Challenger touring range unveiled

The Indian Challenger fixed-fairing touring range powered by the new liquid-cooled 1770cc Powerplus engine has finally been unveiled.

Neither has been much of a secret with leaks and spy photos for months.

The Challenger looks like an Indian version of the Harley-Davidson Road Glide with its frame-mounted fairing providing more stability with light steering and agility.

Features include LED headlight, 19-inch cast front wheel and 16-inch rear 7-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, cruise control and keyless ignition.

There are three colour options, black, blue and red.

Handling is aided by upside-down 43mm forks and a hydraulically adjustable Fox rear shock.

The Challenger has a lightweight cast-aluminium frame, Metzeler Cruisetec tires and stopping power is provided by race-spec, radially-mounted Brembo brakes.Indian Challenger

It will come in three models: Challenger ($US21,499), a blacked-out Challenger Dark Horse ($US27,999) and flagship Challenger Limited ($US27,999).

The Limited has Smart Lean Technology with 6-axis Bosch IMU, Dynamic traction control, ABS with cornering control, and Drag Torque Control.

There is no word yet from Indian Motorcycle Australia on arrival and pricing but those prices are similar to the Springfield which retails here for $A35,495 (ride away).

Powerplus power

As we reported back in April, the liquid-cooled, DOHC 1770cc V-twin engine produces 91kW of power (122hp) and 178Nm of torque.

It is believed the quad-valve Powerplus was originally developed as the Victory Freedom V2 before Polaris axed the brand in 2017.

The new liquid cooled Powerplus powered motorcycle range are smaller than the current 111-cube Thunderstroke V-twin that powers the Chief and Roadmaster models.

Click here for more details on the engine and watch and listen to it in action below.

Indian Challenger (2020) 
Power 91kW (122hp)
Torque 178Nm at 3800rpm
Type V-Twin PowerPlus
Bore and Stroke 52mm dual bore
Displacement 1769cc
Fuelling Closed loop fuel injection
Length 2500.7mm
Width 990.2m
Height 1427.5mm
Wheelbase 1667.8m
Clearance 137.3mm
Seat 672mm
Weight (wet) 377kg
Fuel Tank Capacity  22.7L
Transmission 6-speed
Clutch Type Gear Drive Wet Clutch
Indian Challenger
Indian Challenger
7-inch screen
Indian Challenger
Challenger Limited
Challenger dark Horse
Challenger Dark Horse
Indian Challenger
Indian Challenger
Challenger Limited


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