2023 LiveWire S2 Del Mar Launch Edition First Look

Dennis Chung
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$17,699 for LE model, target price of $15,000 for full production run

LiveWire officially revealed its new S2 Del Mar, the brand’s second electric motorcycle and the first to use its new S2 Arrow architecture. Pre-orders for the Launch Edition model are now open, with an MSRP of $17,699 with deliveries to begin in Spring 2023. A full production run will also begin in 2023, with LiveWire targeting an MSRP of $15,000. (UPDATE: Reservations for all 100 units of the Launch Edition got scooped up within 18 minutes of the pre-order window opening.)

“The S2 Del Mar model represents the next step in the evolution of the LiveWire brand,” says Jochen Zeitz, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Harley-Davidson. “The Arrow architecture underpinning the Del Mar, developed in-house at LiveWire Labs, demonstrates our ambition to lead in the EV space and establish LiveWire as the most desirable electric motorcycle brand in the world.”

2023 livewire s2 del mar launch edition first look

The proprietary Arrow architecture combines the battery pack, electronics systems, and motor into one single component that will also serve as the chassis for the Del Mar and future LiveWire models. The design is modular, allowing LiveWire to adapt the platform for a range of models. The modular design also makes it easier to assemble, with LiveWire claiming the Del Mar takes 44% less build time than the LiveWire One.

The battery pack uses 21700 cells, a popular format adopted by the likes of Tesla and Samsung. The inverter, onboard charger, and vehicle controller form the power electronics unit. The S2 Del Mar makes use of both L1 and L2 charging, however LiveWire hasn’t provided any charge time estimates as yet. The unit is integrated into the architecture, keeping all high-voltage connections internal. The motor is direct drive, with no secondary gear reduction to maximize efficiency and torque delivery, and reduce noise.

The rear suspension is directly attached to the motor, eliminating the need for a separate frame. The Arrow architecture uses an asymmetrical swingarm, boomerang-shaped on the right side and a straight bar on the left. The weight remains to be finalized, but LiveWire says it’s aiming for a target of 430 pounds.

2023 livewire s2 del mar launch edition first look

On the Del Mar, LiveWire is targeting an output of 80 hp with a projected 0-to-60 time of 3.5 seconds. The Del Mar is expected to have a range of 100 miles of city riding. Riders can select from four different ride modes (plus custom modes), with software updates available “Over-the-Air” (OTA).

The performance figures will be identical for both the Launch Edition and regular production models. The only difference will be special graphics and wheels. The Launch Edition will be produced in a choice of Jasper Gray or Comet Indigo, with both paint schemes applied by hand in a process that takes five days. The LE version will come with PCB cast aluminum wheels with vaulted and tapered spokes designed for lateral stiffness.

2023 livewire s2 del mar launch edition first look

LiveWire describes the Del Mar as having a street-tracker stance, with 19-inch wheels front and back, both equipped with Dunlop DT1 tires. A raised, “tracker-style” handlebar lends itself to an upright riding position with the footpegs positioned right beside the motor. A thin flyscreen sits above a pill-shaped headlight, bracketed by two round turn indicators. Behind the screen is a circular full-color display.

We don’t have specific details about the suspension or brakes, but upon visual inspection, we note an inverted fork with a single Brembo radial-mount caliper up front.

2023 livewire s2 del mar launch edition first look

The S2 Arrow powertrain will be produced in Milwaukee while Del Mar assembly will take place in a dedicated line at Harley-Davidson’s facility in York, PA.

The Del Mar will be just the first model to make use of the S2 (System 2), or middleweight version of the Arrow architecture. A presentation slide hinted that there will be at least two more S2 models to come. The modular Arrow will be scaled down for a number of lightweight models (some of which will be produced by Kymco, a stakeholder in LiveWire) which are currently in development. The company also hinted at another S1-level model that will sit alongside the LiveWire One offering a higher level of performance.

2023 livewire s2 del mar launch edition first look

While we were hoping for more details about the S2 Del Mar, at this point, it seems like Harley-Davidson is still trying to achieve certain performance, range, and weight targets. It’s significant that we have a price for the Del Mar LE. At $17,699, it’s a fraction of the price of the original LiveWire’s $29,799, with the full production Del Mar coming in at about half the price. Further information should become available later this year.

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  • Schizuki Schizuki on May 15, 2022

    I really, REALLY wished I had saved the comment an MO editor (can't recall who) made to me 15 or 20 years ago when I snarked on the range limitations of e-motorcycles. Something like, "Really informed ppl tell me practical battery technology is only 3-5 years away."

    • Imtoomuch Imtoomuch on May 16, 2022

      Haha! That battery technology "around the corner" BS has been told to us for years. Yet here we are in 2022 with a motorcycle that won't get 100 miles of real world range per charge and a charge that takes far too long for a day of riding.

  • Mog Mog on Nov 06, 2022

    According to Ride Apart through Jalopnic, etc....

    "LiveWire Loses Almost $370 Million as Investors Flee, Forcing Harley-Davidson to Pick Up the Tab. Even after going public, the LiveWire EV spinoff is costing Harley-Davidson millions more than it expected."

    BUELL Da Ja Vu all over again, huh?

    IF IF IF IF, H-D
    On October 15, 2009, amid the economic crisis (H-D Credit Division failure), Harley-Davidson announced that production of Buell motorcycles would cease on October 30, 2009 (close the profitable to pay down a failure as a tax write down). The top exec they hired nearly lunched H-D and sunk Buell..... which was initially bought to.... 'In 1987, Devin Battley smuggled Erik Buell onto a cruise ship for the Harley-Davidson annual dealer's meeting. Battley told Harley-Davidson then-CEO, Vaughn Beals, that Buell could give the company a performance image with no risk to Harley.' It was not Battley or Beals that sunk Buell.

    I really like H-D, my local H-D sales & service, all the folks local & national but some of the top officers have been so fricking off the mark for marketing definition, it is a crime.

    The mindset that "no other name shall come before mine".... That is for God.
    Willie G and a few execs got that quote wrong and many fine folks are paying the price.
    Arguably, if Erik was on board, I doubt that LiveWire would be in this predicament, Pan American having technical problems and a lack of any type of a true American sport bike. I will hang on to my garage of Buells and continue to have my local H-D service them.