2023 Indian Challenger, Pursuit & Chieftain Collection First Look



Behold the new 2023 limited-edition Challenger Elite.

Behold the brand new 2023 limited-edition Challenger Elite. (Indian Motorbike/)

In the event you really feel like Indian Motorbike dropped the very first version of the Challenger Elite just a few months in the past, you’d be proper. Try the debut of the 2022 mannequin right here. However since we’re now into the brand new mannequin yr, it appears the honchos at Indian felt assured in asserting “the debut of the Challenger Elite” for 2023.

Ah, nicely, it’s all good. For one, the 2023 Elite truly does seem like a brand new mannequin, given its sharp new Sapphire Blue Smoke with Black and Titanium Smoke livery. And for 2023, the mannequin retains its unique standing; solely 150 examples will probably be accessible globally.

Indian can also be bringing the opposite three Challengers again for 2023, in addition to the 2 PowerPlus-powered Pursuit fashions and the three Chieftain V-twins; there is no such thing as a Chieftain Elite this yr.

The 108ci PowerPlus motor on the 2023 Challenger Elite is unchanged, but it’s still good for a claimed 122 hp. New Sapphire Blue Smoke paint and Precision Cut wheels make the scene for 2023.

The 108ci PowerPlus motor on the 2023 Challenger Elite is unchanged, nevertheless it’s nonetheless good for a claimed 122 hp. New Sapphire Blue Smoke paint and Precision Lower wheels make the scene for 2023. (Indian Motorbike/)

Again to the Challenger Elite, which for 2023 retains its premium gear with the identical high-end detailing and different upscale touches that comply with the high-quality Elite components. The Challenger Elite builds on the bottom bagger, with its 1,768cc liquid-cooled PowerPlus engine and aluminum body, and piles on a collection of refined particulars, premium facilities, and an unique paint job. The bike is mechanically unchanged this yr, nevertheless, and nonetheless comes with three selectable experience modes (Sport, Customary and Rain), Brembo brakes, and an adjustable flare windscreen. It additionally retains the Indian Sensible Lean Know-how with IMU to allow lean-sensitive ABS and traction management, in addition to an electronically adjustable suspension preload, as we first noticed final yr.

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The 2023 Challenger (base model) is unchanged this year; the bike in Black Metallic has an MSRP of $24,499.

The 2023 Challenger (base mannequin) is unchanged this yr; the bike in Black Metallic has an MSRP of $24,499. (Indian Motorbike/)

Different premium bits tucked into the Elite embrace an adaptive LED headlight, backlit change cubes on the Journey Command system, heated grips, and naturally upgraded audio, with the built-in PowerBand Audio system which provides saddlebag lid audio system. Base-model Challenger goodies carry over as nicely, together with the 7-inch touchscreen show with Indian’s Journey Command, keyless ignition, tire strain monitoring, and remote-locking saddlebags. New this yr are the Precision Lower five-spoke wheels, although they’re nonetheless mounted with Metzeler Cruisetecs. Indian says the Challenger Elite will probably be hitting dealerships within the coming weeks and can retail for $35,999.

In Maroon Metallic, the 2023 Challenger Limited will set you back $28,489. Clutch and LED headlight are revised for 2023.

In Maroon Metallic, the 2023 Challenger Restricted will set you again $28,489. Clutch and LED headlight are revised for 2023. (Indian Motorbike/)

The opposite three Challenger fashions, the bottom Challenger, Challenger Restricted, and Challenger Darkish Horse, all carry over for 2023 basically unchanged apart from a number of minor refinements. All of the Challengers obtained a redesigned LED headlight to enhance illumination unfold in addition to an improved slipper clutch for higher really feel.

The non-Elite fashions additionally see a palette of latest colours and new pricing.

The 2023 Challenger Dark Horse adds Ride Command, Apple CarPlay and GPS to the base model along with Contrast Cut wheels and other details. It retails for $28,999 and goes up to $31,499.

The 2023 Challenger Darkish Horse provides Journey Command, Apple CarPlay and GPS to the bottom mannequin together with Distinction Lower wheels and different particulars. It retails for $28,999 and goes as much as $31,499. (Indian Motorbike/)

Returning for 2023 is the Pursuit Limited, which carries the liquid-cooled PowerPlus engine (unchanged this year). Both ’23 Pursuit models get an improved LED headlight and clutch.

Returning for 2023 is the Pursuit Restricted, which carries the liquid-cooled PowerPlus engine (unchanged this yr). Each ’23 Pursuit fashions get an improved LED headlight and clutch. (Indian Motorbike/)

Additionally again for 2023 are each variations of Indian’s Pursuit liquid-cooled tourer, which made its debut final yr. The Pursuit makes use of the prevailing Challenger bagger as the bottom, tacking on a full suite of luxurious touring options together with a cargo trunk with an built-in passenger backrest, heated grips, and a brand new touring seat. At its core, you’ll nonetheless discover the Challenger’s aluminum body and liquid-cooled PowerPlus engine in addition to the identical chassis-mounted fairing. Minor updates this yr embrace a redesigned LED headlight for a greater view of the street and a brand new clutch to enhance really feel and scale back lever effort.

On ’23 Pursuit models with a Premium Package, lower storage compartments now come standard, as on this 2023 Pursuit Dark Horse.

On ’23 Pursuit fashions with a Premium Bundle, decrease storage compartments now come commonplace, as on this 2023 Pursuit Darkish Horse. (Indian Motorbike/)

The 2023 Pursuit lineup will function two fashions with two trims every, with the Pursuit Restricted and the Pursuit Darkish Horse as the 2 primary entries. Each are additionally accessible with an non-compulsory bundle of ride-enhancing tech and luxury facilities that Indian cleverly calls “Premium Bundle” and counts as a trim degree. In the event you order a Pursuit with the Premium Bundle, you’ll now get the Decrease Fairing Storage compartments as commonplace.

The base-model Chieftain, with the Thunderstroke 111 engine returns in 2023 with no changes except for a new and improved clutch.

The bottom-model Chieftain, with the Thunderstroke 111 engine returns in 2023 with no adjustments apart from a brand new and improved clutch. (Indian Motorbike/)

Three Chieftain fashions, in the meantime, are additionally coming again for 2023, with the premium Chieftain Elite chopping ditched for this mannequin yr. You received’t discover any main mechanical adjustments to the bottom Chieftain’s Thunderstroke engine, nevertheless it does get a brand new slipper clutch (as do the opposite Chieftain fashions) which Indian says reduces lever effort and improves really feel. All three fashions are additionally outfitted with the 7-inch touchscreen show with Journey Command and a 100-watt audio system with AM/FM, Bluetooth, and a USB enter. The 2023 Chieftain has an MSRP of $22,499 and is simply accessible in black.

Spirit Blue Metallic is a new color option on the 2023 Chieftain Limited; it’ll cost $28,749. Model is shown with accessories.

Spirit Blue Metallic is a brand new shade possibility on the 2023 Chieftain Restricted; it’ll value $28,749. Mannequin is proven with equipment. (Indian Motorbike/)

The extra premium Restricted and Darkish Horse fashions up the ante each in energy and facilities, rolling with the air-cooled Thunderstroke 116 motor with rear cylinder deactivation and three experience modes and in addition including Journey Command+, Apple CarPlay and GPS navigation. Model-wise, consumers get the identical aggressive look throughout all three fashions, with a streamlined fairing, slammed hard-edged saddlebags, and blacked-out parts, together with a precision-machined 19-inch entrance wheel to cleared the path; that wheel is Distinction Lower on the Restricted and Darkish Horse nevertheless. Costs begin at $27,999 for the Restricted and go as much as $30,249 for the Darkish Horse mannequin in Copper Smoke.

Indian expects to ship new fashions shortly.