The 2023 Indian Motorcycle Challenger Elite will start at $35,999.

The 2023 Indian Motorcycle Challenger Elite will start at $35,999. (Indian Motorcycle/)

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

Price: $35,999
Engine: 1,768cc, liquid-cooled V-twin
Bore x Stroke: 108.0 x 96.5mm
Compression Ratio: 11.0:1
Fuel Delivery: Closed-loop fuel injection
Clutch: Wet, multi-disc slipper/assist
Transmission/Final Drive: 6-speed/belt
Frame: Cast aluminum
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
Rake/Trail: 25.0°/5.9 in.
Wheelbase: 65.7 in.
Seat Height: 26.5 in.
Fuel Capacity: 6.0 gal.
Claimed Curb Weight: 839 lb.
Available: 2023
Contact: indianmotorcycle.com

The Challenger Elite is limited edition, with only 150 units planned for production worldwide.

The Challenger Elite is limited edition, with only 150 units planned for production worldwide. (Indian Motorcycle/)

The Elite has electronically adjustable rear suspension, making it easy to calibrate for a passenger or luggage.

The Elite has electronically adjustable rear suspension, making it easy to calibrate for a passenger or luggage. (Indian Motorcycle/)

New precision cut wheels give the Challenger Elite a more exclusive feel.

New precision cut wheels give the Challenger Elite a more exclusive feel. (Indian Motorcycle/)

Push-button adjustable tinted flare windscreen.

Push-button adjustable tinted flare windscreen. (Indian Motorcycle/)

The integrated saddlebags provide over 18 gallons of storage.

The integrated saddlebags provide over 18 gallons of storage. (Indian Motorcycle/)

The 7-inch touchscreen panel provides access to the full Ride Command–powered infotainment system.

The 7-inch touchscreen panel provides access to the full Ride Command–powered infotainment system. (Indian Motorcycle/)

A new LED headlight is on all PowerPlus models.

A new LED headlight is on all PowerPlus models. (Indian Motorcycle/)

Select floorboards are another upscale touch on the Challenger Elite.

Select floorboards are another upscale touch on the Challenger Elite. (Indian Motorcycle/)
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