Since 2010, Tesla has built an electric roadster and a variety of stylish sedans, and the brand is currently prepping its Model X crossover for launch. With more high-profile debuts on the way, it’s an exciting time to be an EV fan, however the American company is unlikely to venture into the two-wheeled arena anytime soon. But that’s not stopping one designer from imagining an electric motorcycle, and it has the perfect name — Model M.
Sharing its designation with the fictional leader of James Bond’s MI6, the hypothetical two-wheeler was digitally crafted by London designer Jans Slapins, a man with a clear penchant for style. A quick look through his catalog reveals stunning works such as the Lamborghini Rat Rod, a vehicle as incredible as it is inconceivable.
The Model M, originally detailed by Silodrome, equips a 201-horsepower electric motor and four different operating modes: Race, Cruise, Standard, and Eco. Power is sourced from lithium-ion batteries mounted as low as possible on the aluminum frame, keeping the center of gravity down and the handling sharp.
At first glance, the bike looks heavy. However, the center compartment — where the fuel tank would normally be — is actually a watertight storage locker, with enough room for a laptop, backpack, or a full face helmet. And because the vehicle is electric, there’s no need for a transmission.
The Model M employs oodles of modern technology and next-generation materials, such as lightweight carbon-fiber wheels. Additionally, a mono shock suspension setup keeps the rear-end stable, while inverted forks keep everything savvy up front.
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