Indian Motorcycle has announced a limited-edition Challenger Elite cruiser for 2023 with only 150 units planned for production worldwide. The bike will start at $35,999 and be available in a Sapphire Blue Smoke color.
The Challenger Elite is powered by Indian’s PowerPlus 1,768cc V-twin, which produces 122 hp and 128 lb.-ft. of torque. The Elite shares this engine with its sibling, the Challenger Limited. Braking components are shared between the two models as well.
Differences begin to crop up in the suspension, thanks to the electronically controlled rear Fox shock on the Elite. This unit will make optimizing rear settings a breeze when accommodating luggage or a passenger. The Elite’s list of style and comfort features includes a top-spec 400-watt PowerBand audio system, new precision cut wheels, Pathfinder Adaptive LED headlight and driving lights, upgraded floorboards, heated grips, low-rise handlebars, highway bars, and push-button adjustable tinted flare windshield. Remote locking saddlebags provide a total of 18.6 gallons of storage capacity, and the 7-inch touchscreen display gives riders access to the full Ride Command–powered infotainment system.
As part of the broader revisions to all PowerPlus models, the Challenger Elite will also feature a new clutch with slipper function and a revised LED headlight.
Check with your local Indian Motorcycle dealer for information on availability.
2023 Indian Challenger Elite Technical Specifications and Price
|Engine:||1,768cc, liquid-cooled V-twin|
|Bore x Stroke:||108.0 x 96.5mm|
|Fuel Delivery:||Closed-loop fuel injection|
|Clutch:||Wet, multi-disc slipper/assist|
|Front Suspension:||43mm fork; 5.1 in. travel|
|Rear Suspension:||Fox shock w/ electronically adjustable preload; 4.5 in. travel|
|Front Brake:||4-piston calipers, dual 320mm discs w/ ABS|
|Rear Brake:||2-piston caliper, 298mm disc w/ ABS|
|Wheels, Front/Rear:||Precision cut; 19 x 3.5 in. / 16 x 5.0 in.|
|Tires, Front/Rear:||Metzeler Cruisetec; 130/60-19 / 180/60-16|
|Seat Height:||26.5 in.|
|Fuel Capacity:||6.0 gal.|
|Claimed Curb Weight:||839 lb.|