Alta Motors to Produce R Versions of Redshift MX, EX and SM

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung

Electric motorcycle maker Alta Motors is set to double its model lineup with the addition of R-spec versions of its Redshift MX motocrosser, Redshift EX enduro bike and Redshift SM supermoto.

According to filings submitted to NHTSA, Alta Motors will begin producing the Redshift MXR, Redshift EXR and Redshift SMR during this quarter. The new R models will have a slight change to the chemistry in their lithium-ion battery packs.

According to the filings, the changes are to improve the Alta Pack’s thermal properties, claiming superior performance while not having any effect on weigh or overall power. The filings also claim no effect on range, though they do indicate a slight drop in the battery’s capacity from 5.8 kWh to 5.7 kWh.

It’s unclear however whether the R variants will have any changes to the chassis of any of the three models, such as upgraded suspension systems.

The addition of the new models will come just as Alta announced significant price drops of several thousand dollars on its existing models. The 2018 Alta Redshift MX is now priced at $10,495 (from $14,995), the Alta Redshift EX is priced at $12,995 (from $15,495) and the Alta Redshift SM now goes for $13,495 (from $15,495). While the price drop on the existing models is welcome on its own merits, it also allows for Alta to add a line of R models at a higher price point.

We expect Alta Motors to make an official announcement on its new R models soon. Check back here on for more information as it becomes available.

Dennis Chung
Dennis Chung

Dennis has been a part of the team since 2008, and through his tenure, has developed a firm grasp of industry trends, and a solid sense of what's to come. A bloodhound when it comes to tracking information on new motorcycles, if there's a new model on the horizon, you'll probably hear about it from him first.

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