7. Mission Motorcycles R/RS
What is it?
An electric motorcycle worthy of the superbike distinction, the Mission Motorcycles R ($29,999, before Federal credits*) and RS ($58,999, before Federal credits*) models have the potential to raise the bar when it comes to motorcycling — electric or otherwise. A 120kW motor has the ability to produce 160 horses and 120 ft-lb of torque. Combine that with either a 12kWh, 15kWh, or 17kWh battery pack, the James Parker-designed chassis, Brembo brakes, Ohlins suspension, and a loaded electronics suite that includes traction control, and you have a superbike whose closest competition burns fossil fuel, not electrons.
Why are we excited to ride it?
Any motorcycle capable of lapping Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca within 10 seconds of a MotoGP machine is worthy of our attention. When said motorcycle is electric, that perks our eyebrows just a little bit more. What Mission has done with its superbikes is deliver top-level performance in an entirely new way. We here at MO are tried and true petrolheads, but we anxiously await the opportunity to finally throw a leg over a Mission at a trackday.
Throw in the $2,750 Tech Package that includes an integrated HD camera with a telemetry overlay, turn-by-turn GPS navigation, a wireless helmet with a heads-up display and an ultra-fast twin charger, and the R or RS becomes that much more unique and appealing. Mission claims a “city range” of about 170 miles, meaning it’s more than just a track toy – it can be used as a daily vehicle, too, with minimal instances of range anxiety. There’s a lot of pressure on Mission to deliver. We’re anxious to see if it does.
* Federal credits for electric vehicles officially ended on January 1st, but we expect them to be reenacted at some point to help promote this fledgling industry’s growth.