Indian level up: FTR Sport and Challenger Elite models join the line-up

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Indian Motorcycle have announced a number of range updates for 2023, including new FTR Sport and Challenger Elite models and a host of striking new colour schemes.

Starting with the Sport, it replaces the FTR S and sits below the flagship FTR R Carbon and above the base model FTR and FTR Rally, which comes fitted with a 19in front and 18in rear spoked wheels wrapped with Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR knobby tyres.

The Sport model receives a number of aesthetic tweaks, including a seat cowl, new tank panelling, and chin fairing. This front screen wraps around the headlight and helps shroud the new round touchscreen 101mm TFT dash – something also featuring on the Carbon and Rally. This dash also includes navigation and allows you to control three riding modes. Lean sensitive ABS and traction control also feature.

All four FTRs get a new twin-exit exhaust muffler too, with tweaks to the front brakes for claimed firmer feel. The speedo has been moved upwards for easier glances on the move and there’s a new clutch – said to improve feel.

On top of this, there’s also the Challenger Elite. Only 150 of these will be made available, with less than 50 being shipped outside of America. It’s set apart from the standard Challenger by its moody ‘Sapphire Blue Smoke Paint with Black Smoke’ paint job and titanium accents.

Producing 120.7bhp and a whopping 131.4lbft, the Elite gets three riding modes, Fox electronically adjustable rear preload, adaptive LED headlights and more.

Elsewhere, all PowerPlus and Thunderstroke motors get a new slipper clutch to aid down shifts. The Springfield, Chieftain, Challenger, Roadmaster and Pursuit models also feature a redesigned LED headlight, said to improve the reach, and spread of light.

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