Tesla set out to show the world electric cars can be rapid, stylish and practical with the Model S. Now it’s the turn of French motorcycle company Voxan to do the same for two-wheeled motors.
Voxan, owned by Venturi Automobiles, has built an electric motorcycle known as the Wattman, which it claims is the world’s most powerful of its type. This space-age contraption is the work of Yugoslavian designer Sacha Lakic.
When you make a claim to have the world’s most powerful electric motorcycle, you really need to back it up. Fortunately the electric motor develops a whopping 200bhp and 200Nm of torque is available the moment you twitch your wrist. Only the brave need apply.
Factor in a kerb weight of 350kg and you can see how the strangely beautiful contraption can do 0 to 62mph in 3.4 seconds and 100mph in a smidge under 6 seconds. The top speed of 105mph is less impressive, granted, but how often can you get the most out of a Hayabusa legally?
The Voxan Wattman’s electric motor is connected to a 12.8kWh battery. In a car that would mean a paltry range but on a lightweight bike it gives you about 112 miles before empty — ideal for all but the longest journeys and commutes.
80 per cent of a charge can be achieved in 30 minutes, but only if you have access to a fast charger. If not, expect to leave it plugged into the mains overnight.
No word on a price but we hazard it will cost a shed load. The Wattman is engineered in Monaco and hand built in France and from the looks of the images, the 18-inch carbon fibre rims sitting underneath Michelin Commander II tyres won’t come cheap.
Even though the Wattman is rapid, the 350kg weight makes it a heavy bike. The mighty Hayabusa, for instance, weighs less than 250kg while the ‘sit up and beg’ Ducati Monster, which is more similar in style, weighs just 169kg. Definitely one for cruising, not nudging the apex.
Check out the 360-degree video of the Voxan Wattman below while you come to grips with the fact this is the closest thing we have to the bike from Tron.
Voxan Wattman pictures and video