When we first brought you the first look at the Ultraviolette F77 electric motorcycle back in October, we were pretty bowled over by the looks of the Indian-made bike. The spec also won our minds and hearts, but in a world where we’re all getting hit with lots of pointless £60,000 electric bikes that look more like something out of the movie Dredd than the sort of thing you’d pull wheelies past the chip shop on – we didn’t hold out much hope for the F77.
It looks trick, makes enough power for some fun (kind of) and has oodles of torque on tap from 1rpm. If only these things would cost not-a-lot. if that happened then we’d be getting somewhere…
Well, here’s the good news people. The Ultraviolette’s price has been announced and this thing is selling in India for RS 3.25 lakh which is £3,464 at the current exchange rate.
With deliveries being planned to begin in the third quarter of 2020 and the company behind the Ultraviolette F77 being partnered by giant Indian automotive company TVS (that’s the firm behind the incredible Apache 310 – basically a mini BMW S 310 RR superbike which uses a lot of BMW parts including the German business’ engine and suspension because TVS partners with BMW in India), the F77 look very credible on paper.
The Ultraviolette F77 will be available in three variants – Lightning, Shadow and Laser. It’s claimed that the F77 can manage 0-37mph (60knh) in 2.9 seconds and 0-62mph (100kmh) in 7.5 seconds. The claimed top speed is 91mph (147kmh). There are three riding modes that can be selected; Eco, Sports and the wonderfully-named Insane which we’re guessing just dollops a load of that torque to the back wheel right from the off.
The Ultraviolette F77 will come with three modular 4.2 kWh Lithium-ion battery packs. The total range (claimed) for the three battery packs is 80 – 94 miles in the city (130-150km). The batteries can be charged up to 80 per cent in three hours and 100 per cent in five hours through a standard charger. Using a fast charger, the batteries can be charged up to 80 per cent in 50 minutes and 100 per cent in 90 minutes.
The new F77 sits on a steel-aluminium frame. It upside-down front forks and adjustable rear suspension. There is regenerative braking as well.
Digital needs and rider information come from a 5-inch colour TFT touchscreen and the Ultraviolette F77 is a fully connected electric motorcycle which will be have ride telematics, remote diagnostics, over-the-air (OTA) upgrades, ride analytics and bike tracking.
Now all some clever person has to do is get this over to the UK and Europe.