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Confederate unveils crazy second-generation P51 Combat Fighter

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Transparent side panels at the engine, fuel tank and air filter box offer rare perspective to the inner workings of the P51 Combat Fighter
Transparent side panels at the engine, fuel tank and air filter box offer rare perspective to the inner workings of the P51 Combat Fighter
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The P51 Combat Fighter is an all-aluminum beast of torque
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The P51 Combat Fighter is an all-aluminum beast of torque
Transparent side panels at the engine, fuel tank and air filter box offer rare perspective to the inner workings of the P51 Combat Fighter
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Transparent side panels at the engine, fuel tank and air filter box offer rare perspective to the inner workings of the P51 Combat Fighter
The back anodized version of the P51 Combat Fighter is expected to cost a little more
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The back anodized version of the P51 Combat Fighter is expected to cost a little more
The fuel tank has moved lower as it expanded under the seat
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The fuel tank has moved lower as it expanded under the seat
A big fat 240-section Pirelli monopolizes the view from the rear of the P51 Combat Fighter
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A big fat 240-section Pirelli monopolizes the view from the rear of the P51 Combat Fighter
The frontal view can be quite misleading – from here, the P51 Combat Fighter seems more like a classic model
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The frontal view can be quite misleading – from here, the P51 Combat Fighter seems more like a classic model
The P51 Combat Fighter in numbers
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The P51 Combat Fighter in numbers
The P51 Combat Fighter in numbers
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The P51 Combat Fighter in numbers
This is the first rendering of the P51 Combat Fighter from back in 2013
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This is the first rendering of the P51 Combat Fighter from back in 2013
The concept hasn't changed direction since the 2009 P120 Fighter
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The concept hasn't changed direction since the 2009 P120 Fighter
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TheAmerican rebellion in the form of a motorcycle is unfolding in Birmingham,Alabama. Confederate Motors set its sights on a 200-hp V-twin as the nextevolution of the collectible Fighter series; and it has just delivered. Madeexclusively from billet aluminum and featuring an advanced frame design thatintegrates both engine and transmission, the P51 Combat Fighter promisesunheard-of performance from any motorcycle in its class.

ConfederateMotors presented the original P120 Fighter in 2009, offering a limitedproduction of an all-aluminum streetfighter motorcycle with a unique monocoqueframe design and a huge V-twin that produced immense power. Six years later, theP51 Combat Fighter is the evolution of that model. It's the second generation, or G2,where a lot has changed except for the original concept.

The P51 isbuilt around a monocoque structure made entirely of 6061-T6 aerospace-gradebillet aluminum. This design binds the headstock, engine, fuel tank and transmission to a single unit that Confederate describes as "the stiffest,most fatigue-resistant and lightest chassis capable of housing the greatestamount of torque as a percentage of weight ever achieved in all of motordom." Big words; but with the T-Rex of an engine that sits in there, it should walkthe talk.

The back anodized version of the P51 Combat Fighter is expected to cost a little more
The back anodized version of the P51 Combat Fighter is expected to cost a little more

The 57-degreeV-twin has grown from 120 to 132 ci (1,966 to 2,163 cc) and the horsepowercatapulted from 160 to 200 hp (119 to 149 kW). The torque output has made ahuge leap forward as well, from 135 to 170 lb-ft (18.7 to 23.5 m kg). Amazing,unprecedented power from an air-cooled pushrodmotor, channeled towards the rear wheel through Confederate’s brand new CX4powertrain; a patented, drag racing-derived design.

This powerhike was achieved through new cylinder heads, designed with an innovative airinduction system. The strongest part of the frame, at the headstock area,incorporates an intake box that leads the air through a structural downdraftmanifold – an industry first, according to Confederate. At its highest point,the air filter element is housed in a canister-shaped box with transparentsides. The same see-through design is used for the fuel tank, which is locatedunder the seat and is embodied in the rear part of the central beam of theframe.

The frontsuspension is based on newly designed girder architecture with a fullyadjustable shock absorber. In the rear, the layout is different compared to theP120, as the single shock is no longer centrally located, having moved to theleft side of the brand-new swing arm.

Braking ishandled by French specialist Beringer, which supplied the 4D Aerotek kit coupledwith radial calipers.

Thankfullythe seat has also grown, from the Walkman-sized cushion of the P120 to a saddlewith a surface area approximately the size of an iPad mini. No doubt, animprovement.

The P51 Combat Fighter in numbers
The P51 Combat Fighter in numbers

Weight hasbeen kept relatively low, at 500 lb (226.7 kg), thanks to the extensive use oflight aluminum alloy in most parts, including the whole frame, engine cases andheads, girder fork and swingarm. Add a pair of super-light carbon wheels tocome up with what promises to be an off-the-hook streetfighter, even more so than its predecessor.

Confederate will build 61 P51 Combat Fighters; 31 in the color of raw machinedaluminum – dubbed "blonde" – and another 30 anodized in black. The price tag isset to US$113,900 for the blonde version and $119,500 for the black. If you reserve yours by September 7, Confederate offers a $10,000 discount.

Interested in joining the American rebellion as envisaged by ConfederateMotors? Then declare your intent at the company’s website by following the linkbelow.

Source: Confederate Motors

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4 comments
CaptD
I like the overall thin design which would make lane splitting (where legal) fun... but I don't care for the look of the massive front forks which I think are out of scale for the rest of the bike. The viewable fuel tank is cool and too bad they don't include a sound clip to be able to hear what it sounds like at idle, as it accelerates off the line and at highway speed.
At a price of over $100,000 unless the majority of riders win the lottery this will remain something to read about...
I' like to see a tiny version that is far more affordable, designed for Urban streets, hopefully be electric powered and called the eP-40 Spitfire.
Martin Hone
Given all the fancy materials and construction method, 500 lbs is ridiculously high. But then again, at over $100k, it wouldn't get ridden much either. A 'structural intake' ? Seriously, what happens when the cylinders expand away from the crankcase ??? C'mon guys, stop writing from the Press Releases.
Buellrider
It's got the Buell type underslung muffler can so maybe they should of also gone with the Buell perimeter brake and shed some lbs in the bargain. Pretty wicked looking bike. Never have seen a confederate bike on the road.
Daishi
It's unique and cool looking. It's probably hard to keep weight down with a ~2,200 cc, 200 HP motor with 170 lb-ft of torque but 500 lbs isn't bad.
A BMW S1000 RR is is ~450 lbs, 175 HP, and 75 lbs of torque and it's a very single purpose animal.