Italians build electric road-going superbike

By Marc Potter
marcpotter Tested every new bike since 1994, loves anything on two wheels, runs Potski Media, ex-BikeSocial boss. Recently discovered elbow-down riding - likely to end in tears.

CRPe's 136mph electric superbike
Forget all the old jokes about Italian electrics, this is the first-ever electrically-powered bike from Italy and it’s claimed to do 136mph!

CRPe launched the road-going Energica at the Milan Motorcycle Show and it looked pretty impressive to us.

Packing a 134bhp (100Kw) electric motor by PMAC, styling that looks like an 1199 crossed with a Buell, and top-spec Brembo brake calipers, Marchesini wheels, Marzocchi forks and a Sachs fully-adjustable rear shock, CRP certainly look like they mean business.

It has a claimed range of 93 miles on a full charge, makes the equivalent of 134bhp (100Kw), and puts out a claimed 117ft-lb of torque (160Nm) to achieve the claimed top-speed of 136mph.

The firm’s Francesca Cuoghi told us that running bikes will be ready to test in the summer of 2013 and the bike will go on sale for £14,469 (18,000 Euros) in 2014.
CRPe's Energica superbike on the road
CRP Racing have been involved in motorsport since 1970 and continue to make chassis and engine parts for Formula One teams, WRC, and bike race teams. Since 1996 they have run bikes in the Italian championships, and have sponsored Moto3, Moto2 and MotoGP.

The race version of the CRPe road bike had impressive results in 2010 and 2011. The race bike topped 170mph when it raced on the banking at Daytona.

And yes it does work in the rain...gag over.

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