Indian PowerPlus Engine for 2020 Indian Challenger

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  1. NickJ

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    Liquid-Cooled 108 Cubic Inch Motor delivering 121 hp and 178 Nm of Torque to Power New Indian Challenger

    MINNEAPOLIS (OCTOBER 22, 2019) – Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, raised the bar for American motorcycles today with the announcement of its most powerful engine to date, the PowerPlus. The all-new 1769 cc (108 ci), liquid-cooled V-twin delivers a class-leading 121 horsepower (90.1 kW) and 178 Nm of torque and establishes a dramatically new standard for American V-twin performance.

    The PowerPlus will serve as the heart of the new Indian Challenger, an all-new, fixed-fairing bagger that utilises Indian Motorcycle’s state-of-the-art technology to become the highest-performing American V-twin ever developed. The new engine’s name is a nod to Indian Motorcycle’s iconic history, paying homage to the Indian PowerPlus motorcycle produced from 1916 to 1924.

    “We challenge our engineers with the notion that anything less than best-in-class design and performance will simply not get it done, and it’s clear with this new engine that they have delivered on that high standard,” said Steve Menneto, Indian Motorcycle President.“Countless hours were spent in design, development and testing to ensure this is the best liquid-cooled V-twin ever developed, and I could not be prouder of our team and this incredible motor.”

    The PowerPlus adopts several design and performance features from the liquid-cooled 1133 cc Indian Scout engine, including an overhead camshaft design utilising four valves per cylinder. But comparisons end there. The PowerPlus was developed with a big-piston, big-torque mindset with an end game of maximum power delivery across the entire curve.

    The all-new powertrain features a six-speed transmission with true overdrive, assist clutch to reduce clutch effort, and three ride modes that allow riders to tailor throttle mapping to their riding preferences. Advanced technology also includes hydraulic valve lash adjusters and hydraulic camshaft chain tensioners for ease of maintenance and reliability.

    The PowerPlus was tested, refined and proven by one of the industry’s most rigorous development and testing programs, accumulating over one million miles of simulated testing, including state-of-the-art dyno testing, and more than 250,000 on-road miles.

    “You simply cannot deliver the ultimate bagger without an engine that stands head and shoulders above anything else in its class, and that was the motivation behind the PowerPlus,” said John Callahan, Indian Motorcycle Vice President, Engineering. “We developed the most sophisticated V-twin powerplant in the industry, and then we spent month after month, hour upon hour, putting it through the most intense paces to ensure it could take whatever we threw at it. The end result is something truly special.”

    Indian Motorcycle PowerPlus Engine Specifications:

    • Engine Displacement: 1769 cc (108 ci)
    • Power: 120.6 hp / 90.1 kW at 5,500 RPM
    • Torque: 178 Nm / 131.3 ft-lbs at 3,800 RPM
    • Maximum Engine Speed: 6,500 RPM
    • Architecture: 60-degree V-twin, liquid-cooled powerplant
    • Crankcase: Unit design featuring a high capacity semi-dry sump oil system
    • Timing System: Overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder
    • Fuel System: Electronic fuel injection. 52mm dual bore throttle bodies
    • Compression Ratio: 11:1
    • Transmission: Six-speed with true overdrive, constant mesh
    • Clutch: Assist clutch

    Riders can learn more by visiting their local dealership.
     

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    it all sounds great with the usual manufacturers "lip service" BUT in the end new buyers will be the beta testers in the real world!! good wishes for the new engine that hopefully will NOT clack!!
     
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    Should think this baby will clack, totally different engine,....
    Alpal
     
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    Was should a typo? I'm thinking you meant shouldn't. Then I would concur.
     
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    You are entirely correct Sir,.....I shoulda said shouldn't:p
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    This is what I was looking for and would have been sure of before buying ..
     
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    Things better change:

     
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    Ok. I’ve ridden 3 different challengers. And just like the TS111 each one makes a slightly diffent sound. The GM at the store says he can’t tell a difference so maybe it’s just me. I can say that just like the FTR, it takes a while to get warmed up. I can only think that like my bike, it will be between 3-4K miles before the engine actually breaks in
     
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    Hey @Bobby Jesus , I crawled all over a Challenger today. I noticed that the air cleaner is under the tank and that lead me to these questions:

    1) Is it the same filter and architecture as the FTR?

    2) What's opposite the horn cover? Both sides appear symmetrical.

    3) Is there enough space in the new battery box to remove the leads and pull the battery or enough lead to slide the battery out and then remove them?

    4) Where's the trickle changing pigtail?

    Thanks in advance.

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    The thing on the right side actually works like a scoop. It takes air up into the AC. That answers 1 and 2. The pigtail should be behind the left side cover but not totally sure. I’ll find out. That’s 4. As far as #3 I’m not sure what you mean.
     
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    Revised:
    1) I found air intake channels above the radiator, are there two paths to the AC?

    2) is there space (clearance) in the battery box to disconnect the battery or do you pull the battery out and then disconnect the terminal leads?
     
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    I believe you have the channels above the radiator and the air cleaner/scoop on the right

    There is room to disconnect the battery in the box. When our tech connected the leads he let the battery sit in the box
     
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    Thanks for all of that.
     
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