It has been almost a year and a half since we first heard of the third generation Confederate X132 Hellcat, and today we get word that the “more affordable” Confederate has been finalized and is ready for pre-production orders. Borrowing on the namesake of its predecessors, the new Hellcat shares some of the basic characteristics of the original Hellcats, while still bringing a very unique look and style to the custom cruiser.
Set to begin production in January, Confederate is taking orders now with a price tag of $45,000 through February, though that price will go to $49,500 in March of 2012. With only 164 Confederate X132 Hellcats to be made, the Alabama-based company expects to make only two units a week.
At the heart of the X132 Hellcat is the machined aluminum engine case, which started life as two blocks of 6061 billet aluminum. “This new case unites America’s best V- twin technology and America’s superior powertrain technology into a singularity,” explained Confederate Founder & CEO H. Matt Chambers. “Although this is the most expensive material selection and craft methodology, it is simply the best approach for maximizing strength and guaranteeing permanence.”
Once fabricated, those two blocks of metal create a 2,163cc v-twin motor that puts out 132hp at the crank, and an entirely necessary 150 lbs•ft of torque. Mated to a five-speed close-ratio gearbox, the Confederate X132 Hellcat should have plenty of “go” to compliment its “show” and also comes fitted with custom 50mm forks by Marzocchi and a custom rear shock by Race-Tech. With other tasty bits like carbon fiber wheels, Beringer front brake calipers (Brembo rear calipers), and an LED headlight, the entire X132 package tips the scales at 500 lbs.
Like all Confederate Motorcycles though, what is going to grab your attention is all the detail work on the X132 Hellcat. We could probably spend hours looking at each part of the motorcycle, finding little signs of craftsmanship you wouldn’t find elsewhere in the industry. What strikes us immediately is the exposed labyrinthian chamber for the belt and cogs of the timing belt on the side of the motor. Beautiful.