Indian Motorcycle will this month launch new Elite variants to sit atop its Challenger and Chieftain bagger line-ups, priced rideaway from $45,995 and $49,995, respectively.
Just 12 of a total 200 Challenger Elite, and 8 of 150 Chieftain Elite units have been allocated for Australia, as they are positioned as premium limited-edition variants distinguished by a number of unique features.
For reference, the entry-level Indian Challenger Dark Horse is available from $41,495, while the base Chieftain is slightly less expensive at $40,495.
Unique to the new Indian Challenger Elite is “muscle car inspired” grey and black metallic paint with red accents, complete with a red-stitched seat and colour-matched ‘Elite’ badging.
Motivating the Challenger Elite is a 1768cc (108ci) V-twin engine generating 100kW (122hp) and 173Nm (128ft-lbs), which can be tuned via three rider modes – Rain, Standard and Sport – which toggle traction control and throttle mapping parameters.
Other key features includes Fox electronic rear suspension, backlit switchgear, an adaptive LED headlight, an adjustable windscreen, up-spec floorboards and heated grips.
Technology extends to a 400-watt audio system with saddlebag speakers, a seven-inch touchscreen dash with smartphone mirroring (Apple CarPlay), keyless ignition, tyre pressure monitoring and remote-locking saddlebags (68L).
Meanwhile, the new Indian Chieftain Elite is distinguished by a ‘metal smoke’ paint scheme with bronze touches on the tank, saddlebag latches, centre console, primary cover and airbox.
The range-topping Chieftain also sees LED saddlebag lights, a two-up comfort seat, lowered suspension, machined wheels and blacked-out mechanical components.
Powering the bike is a 1890cc (115ci) V-twin that generates 171Nm (126ft-lbs) of torque. At time of writing, INFO MOTO could not confirm the bike’s power output, though it is unchanged from the current Chieftain model.
This motor benefits from rear cylinder deactivation to improve comfort at low speeds, and can be adjusted via three rider modes – Tour, Standard and Sport.
Over and above the Challenger Elite, the Chieftain Elite gets uprated LED lighting, aluminium floorboards and a tinted flare windscreen.
Both the 2022 Indian Challenger and Chieftain Elite variants are expected to hit local showrooms sometime this month.
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