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.
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.
It will come in three models:
- The standard Challenger which Australia will not be getting.
- The blacked-out Challenger Dark Horse in silver, grey or black at $A39,595 ride away; and
- The flagship Challenger Limited in red, blue or black from $A39,995.
The Limited has Smart Lean Technology with 6-axis Bosch IMU, Dynamic traction control, ABS with cornering control, and Drag Torque Control.
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)|
|Torque||178Nm at 3800rpm|
|Bore and Stroke||52mm dual bore|
|Fuelling||Closed loop fuel injection|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||22.7L|
|Clutch Type||Gear Drive Wet Clutch|