Fresh off its news that it will continue as the MotoE bike supplier through 2022, Energica announces today that it has taken some of that knowledge from racing, and brought it to its electric motorcycle lineup.
Giving its models all an “RS” designation (standing for “Reparto Sportivo”), the Energica EGO+RS, Energica EVA EsseEsse9+ RS, and Energica EVA Ribelle RS feature new VMU software protocols that increase performance.
In practical terms, the changes are akin to new throttle map that increase acceleration. Accordingly, Energica claims a two-tenths of a second decrease on the bikes’ 0-60mph time, which is now 2.6 seconds.
This comes with no changes to the battery pack, which remains at 18.9 kWh (nominal), and also no changes to the motor, both of which were updated for the 2020 model year (and quite potent, in our testing).
As such, the Energica Eva EsseEsse9+ RS remains with 148 lbs•ft (200 Nm) of torque, while the Energica Ego+ RS and Energica Eva Ribelle RS models have 159 lbs•ft (215 Nm) of torque.
For 2021, Energica is also offering its Corsa Clienti kit, which takes the Ego+ RS and adds a number of items developed on the company’s MotoE race bike – namely upgraded Öhlins suspension and Brembo brakes.
The kit drastically increases the Ego’s ability to be a track bike, however at 596 lbs (270 kg), the electric superbike is still a handful at speed, and perhaps its biggest hinderance to being a proper track day weapon.