It’s been a little bit of a wait, however it appears to be like like LiveWire is virtually able to launch the manufacturing model of the all-new S2 Del Mar mannequin, with deliveries of bodily bikes anticipated by spring of 2023. That’s in keeping with a launch from Harley-Davidson and LiveWire earlier this week, with the promised arrival coming a couple of yr later than the businesses had initially hoped after they first teased us in early 2022. To be clear, the latest launch just isn’t even a real launch announcement, however given the updates on the LiveWire web site and the images H-D despatched, we’ve got to imagine it’s fairly shut. Who is aware of, possibly they will chalk it as much as “provide chain points”? In any case, LiveWire says it has formally opened reservations for the manufacturing model of the all-electric S2 Del Mar.
As for the Del Mar Launch Version bike we noticed within the flesh final Could (which is bought out), we’ve got but to listen to that any bodily items of that bike have been delivered, however then these limited-edition fashions had been being hand-assembled and completed with hand-applied particular paint and distinctive wheel designs. On the time, they had been priced at $17,699.
However the manufacturing mannequin we’re speaking about right here—which LiveWire says shall be delivered instantly after the Launch version (subsequent yr)—will are available three considerably extra pedestrian colours: Nimbus Grey, Dusk Blue, and Asphalt Black. Based mostly on equipped images, although, it seems the manufacturing model appears to be like in any other case a lot the identical, with solid wheels and a horizontally oriented LED headlight, a tall, barely pulled-back bar, bar-end mirrors, and sorta upright ergos. We see related residual H-D badging on a few of the right-side covers, in addition to the identical customized LiveWire/Dunlop DT1 tires that additional emphasize the Del Mar’s flat-track model and supply a bit extra functionality when you get off the asphalt.
Each bikes are constructed on LiveWire’s new scalable Arrow platform that encompasses a proprietary structural battery and a proprietary motor that the agency says will output 80 hp and 184 lb.-ft. of torque, with a projected 0–60 mph time of three.1 seconds.
You additionally get Stage 1 and Stage 2 charging on the Del Mar fashions, however no Stage 3 fast-charging choice as on the LiveWire One. The bikes function a spherical 4-inch TFT LCD show and a ten.5kWh battery pack that powers the bike—it’s a central element of that Arrow structure, and the primary clean-sheet, in-house design from LiveWire.
Metropolis vary is predicted to be 110 miles and we’re instructed the bike has a “projected” 20–80 p.c recharge time of 75 minutes (when utilizing L2 chargers). The Del Mar’s weight “goal” is 431 kilos. You’ll discover the copious use of phrases like “targets” and “projections” although, so we might count on barely totally different real-world numbers; LiveWire says full efficiency highlights and specs shall be revealed on the time of retail launch.
The manufacturing S2 Del Mar can have an MSRP of $16,999 when it debuts for actual, which is a bit increased than H-D’s preliminary goal of $15,000, however considerably lower than the $22,799 LiveWire One will probably be becoming a member of within the firm portfolio. As talked about earlier, supply of the manufacturing bikes is predicted within the spring of 2023. All LiveWire S2 Del Mar bikes shall be assembled at Harley-Davidson Car Operations in York, Pennsylvania.
In a concurrent launch, Harley-Davidson additionally introduced the spinoff of LiveWire, beforehand its electrical bike division, as a separate publicly traded firm. The transfer indicators the completion of its joint SPAC take care of AEA-Bridges Impression Corp. (AIBC) to kind the brand new firm that may now be known as LiveWire Group Inc. That stated, H-D nonetheless retains a 74 p.c stake within the firm.
Following up in his official assertion, Jochen Zeitz, chairman and CEO of LiveWire Group Inc., stated: “Immediately we’re happy to be opening reservations for the manufacturing version of the S2 Del Mar—our second LiveWire bike and the subsequent step within the evolution of the LiveWire model.… The modular Arrow structure underpinning the Del Mar, developed in-house at LiveWire Labs, demonstrates our ambition to steer within the EV house and set up LiveWire as probably the most fascinating electrical bike model on the earth.”