EICMA ’22: New Indian FTR Sport, Challenger Elite

The 2023 Indian FTR Sport. Credit: Indian

Indian Motorcycles didn’t have any major announcements today, but we did get a look at a new entry in the FTR lineup, and a new limited-edition Challenger Elite.

2023 Indian FTR Sport

This hooligan bike replaces the old FTR S model, but filling much the same position in the lineup—a high-spec boulevard brawler positioned just below the FTR Carbon halo model. As such, you get a sleek-looking roadster wrapped around a liquid-cooled 1203cc V-twin engine. That engine pumps out a claimed 120 hp at the crank, and 87 lb-ft of torque. The bike weighs 237 kg at the curb, so it’s no Skinny Minny Miller, but it certainly should lay some rubber down with that much rubber on tap.

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Both front and rear suspension are fully-adjustable, sourced from Sachs. Brembo provides the dual brake calipers in front and single in rear; Metzeler Sportec tires are standard, in 17-inch size.

Of course, lean angle-sensitive ABS, stability control, and traction control are standard, along with wheelie control and rear wheel lift mitigation. Cruise control is standard, too. There’s a new 4-inch TFT screen, a USB charge port for your mobile device, and LED lights are standard all-round.

MSRP for 2023 starts at $18,999. See more info at Indian’s website here.

The Challenger Elite will cost you mega-bucks, but it’s a mega-bike. Credit: Indian

2023 Indian Challenger Elite

This is a limited-edition machine, with only 150 built to sell worldwide. It’s set apart by flashy Sapphire Blue Smoke Paint with Black Smoke and Titanium Metallic Smoke Accents, along with a full treatment of Indian’s lux features: Electronically-adjustable rear suspension preload, to easily take on passengers and luggage; adaptive LED headlight and driving lights; adjustable flare windscreen; heated grips; 6.5 Powerband Audio system, including Saddlebag Speakers; three selectable ride modes … and lots more.

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MSRP starts at $43,999 in Canada, but Indian will still likely sell all they build. For a closer look at features and more photos, see Indian’s website here. There are also details there on other changes made to the rest of the lineup.

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