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Lotus Builds A Rad Superbike Evocative Of “Tron”

From the designer of the sci-fi flick, comes a real bike that someone–not us, someone richer than us–can buy.

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This here is the Lotus C-01, the first motorcycle from the venerable British sports car maker. And clearly it’s far from your typical superbike: Sure, it’s got 200 horsepower and weighs in at just a touch under 400 pounds, but the design!

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Created by Daniel Simon, perhaps best known for crafting the visual effects in the movie Tron, the C-01 looks like nothing else on the road. The profile is extremely low for a bike, evoking the Light Cycles from the movie, even though the bike isn’t overtly Tron-branded or -associated. “We have worked hard to create a motorcycle with very distinctive features such as a clean main body, an extremely low side profile, a bold stance, a unique air intake, logical partline solutions and clean graphics,” said Simon.


Who knows how practical it is; commenters at gearhead blog Jalopnik have expressed concern that the low-slung seating will be uncomfortable to ride. But it sure does look cool.

Against all odds, the C-01 actually will go on sale, albeit in limited numbers. Lotus says they’ll release a series of 100 of them, in a host of different colors (none of them black and neon blue), though Lotus has declined to say how much they’ll cost. We wouldn’t hold out for the C-01 falling in our price range, though (my personal price range for a motorcycle being somewhere between $0 and $18).

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Dan Nosowitz is a freelance writer and editor who has written for Popular Science, The Awl, Gizmodo, Fast Company, BuzzFeed, and elsewhere. He holds an undergraduate degree from McGill University and currently lives in Brooklyn, because he has a beard and glasses and that's the law

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