Levis is resurrecting with a V6 Cafe-Racer
Coming back into the field after nearly 80 yearsby Sagar, on
Levis (Le-Viss not Lee-Vize) was a pre-WWII motorcycle maker (1911–1940) producing both two-stroke and four-stroke machines. With the craze of the British designs and brands taking mainstage in the industry currently, Levis is having a grand comeback in the most modern fashion and will join the likes of Ariel, BSA, Brough, Hesketh, Matchless, and Norton.
Set to be launched in 2018, the Birmingham company is bringing out its new creation, the Levis V6 Cafe Racer. As you might have already guessed, it will run a V6 configuration with an incredibly narrow 22-degree V-angle, producing a decent 130bhp and 140ftlb of torque.
It all started when an English entrepreneur and inventor Phil Bevan developed an idea to make use of the compact 2-liter V10 engine developed for the Connaught Type D GT car in 2004 and use it on a motorcycle. After buying the Connaught Company, Phil acquired the Levis company and thus began the new Levis Motorcycle Company in July 2017.
Since the V10 engine is modular in design, it can be made in a V10, V8, V6, V4 or V2 configuration just by eliminating the plates in the block. The V8 and V6 design were chosen for future Levis models which included a cruiser, café racer, urban roadster, and sports version.
This V6 Café Racer will have a stainless-steel tubular frame with a Hossack-style front-end suspension unit made out of billet aluminum. It will be designed, manufactured and assembled in-house at the firm’s Isle of Man unit along with the wheels, gearbox, and swingarm.
Levis will also make the electronic systems in-house including the ABS, traction control and the ECU using the vast experience gained during their supercar builds. It will be shaft-driven and have a single-sided swingarm synced to a massive 18” aluminum wheel with massive 200-section rear tire.
The strikingly narrow 1200cc V6 unit has a single block construction design which is currently undergoing advanced prototyping and testing to get a Euro4 homologation. The tailpipes will have a slim, clean look all the way from the head to the end-tip, thanks to the tiny catalytic converters right next to each cylinder head.
The New Levis V6 Cafe Racer is due to be launched early 2018 and will cater to the elite class of customers. Levis will not be a mass production unit but will instead strive to provide the highest quality of design, engineering and customer service.
Levis has already put a price tag on it, and it sure is not cheap. At £52,000 ($70,000) it gets itself in the exotic range. Only six units will be made in the first batch and Levis plans to make 52 of them for the second.