New Indian Pursuit Elite Coming for 2023

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung

No more limited edition Jack Daniel's models?

Indian Motorcycle is preparing to give the Pursuit the Elite treatment, adding a new limited edition version of the PowerPlus-engined tourer for 2023. The Indian Pursuit Elite will join the Challenger Elite and the Chieftain Elite in getting custom paint schemes and finishes and select upgrades.

The confirmation comes to us via vehicle certification data filed in Australia for Indian’s PowerPlus models. In addition to the Challenger and Pursuit models that were already announced, the certification data includes a new Pursuit Elite model, with the model code LDERR.

The Pursuit Elite has the same listed tare weight as the Pursuit Limited with Premium Package, so we expect similar features including the lower fairings.

The data confirms the Pursuit Elite will have the same tare weight, wheelbase and vehicle width as the Pursuit Limited with Premium Package (model code LDHRR), which suggest similar features such as electronically adjustable rear suspension preload from Fox, smart lean technology, adjustable windscreen, heated seats, additional lighting and lower fairings.

We can likely expect a similar package to what’s offered with the Challenger Elite, including upgraded speakers and GPS navigation, as well as a premium paint job. The Australian documents don’t provide an indication of the color scheme for the rest of the Pursuit Elite, but we expect it will not be the same as the Sapphire Blue Smoke of the Challenger Elite or the Heavy Metal Smoke of the Chieftain Elite.

The Pursuit Elite will also get a 1768cc PowerPlus engine with a unique “Black Chrome Finish”. This differentiates it from the Challenger Elite and its Titanium finish, the Gloss Black engine finishes of the Dark Horse models, and the Chrome finish of the regular and Limited Pursuit and Challenger models.

No more Jack Daniel’s Indians?

In other news, it appears Indian’s partnership with Jack Daniel’s may have come to an end. Indian typically would have announced its Jack Daniel’s edition models by now, but so far there has been nothing on that front.

Additionally, no 2023 Jack Daniel’s models were included in emissions data released by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, or the California Air Resources Board alongside the rest of Indian’s lineup.

Indian has released limited edition Jack Daniel’s models every year since 2016, but there are no indications that will continue for 2023.

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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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  • Jim L Jim L on Feb 13, 2023

    the certification data includes a new Pursuit Elite model, with the model code $$$$$!@#$%&%^**!

  • MikeD MikeD on Feb 20, 2023

    That engine it's wasted being used only in Cruisers. 😒👎