Indian unveils limited-edition Chieftain Elite
Indian Motorcycles has been busy making its flagship bagger, the Chieftain, even more special and this is what it has come up with\: the very exclusive, very red, Chieftain Elite. Only 350 of these gorgeous motorcycles will be made and sold internationally, making it quite an exclusive bagger.The highlight of this ultra-premium Indian is its exclusive 'Fireglow Red Candy' paint scheme, which is completed entirely by hand by a team of specialists and takes more than 25 hours from start to finish. That means no two bikes will be alike. It also gets a new 10-spoke wheel design, never seen before on a modern-day Indian, and you can see the front wheel clearly because the Elite also gets a cutback front fender. The windscreen is flared, the floorboards are made from billet aluminium and it has a 200-watt sound system, with two speakers in the fairing and two on the saddlebags. It also gets a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system called 'Ride Command', and you also get the option for a customisable split screen to display information as needed.The exclusive touches don't end there. It even gets a unique tank console, horn, air box and primary and cam covers with colour-matched pinstripes. The standard headlight is replaced by a new 'Pathfinder' LED headlight with pilot lamps.Mechanically, the Chieftain remains unchanged, with its 1,811cc V-twin engine that makes 135Nm of torque. Stopping power comes from dual 300mm floating discs at the front and a single 300mm floating disc on the rear wheel, and there's ABS too. Surprisingly, the additions haven't affected weight. The Elite still weighs in at a significant 377kg.Alongside the limited-edition Elite, Indian has also unveiled the new Chieftain Limited, which also sports the 7-inch 'Ride Command' infotainment system, a sawn-off front fender and new 10-inch spokes on both wheels. It also gets keyless ignition, remote-locking hard saddlebags and plenty of chrome. It gets the 100-watt audio system as standard but you could have the extra 100-watts as an add-on.Expect the Chieftain Limited - which is more likely to make it to our shores - to cost notably more than the standard bike, which retails at Rs 36.82 lakh (on-road, Mumbai).