Ather has revealed its Collector’s Edition version of the 450X and is calling it the Series 1.
The Series 1 is already sold out
Deliveries are set to begin in November
It gets a unique colour scheme and near-transparent side panels
The Bengaluru-based electric two-wheeler company has finally revealed its Series 1 that was first announced with the 450X back in January.
Ather Series 1 design details
Special to the Series 1 is its unique colour scheme that the company says is glossy black colour that has golden metallic flake in it. It also has minimal red highlights, including a racing stripe, wheel decals and its exposed trellis frame finished in red.
Speaking of the trellis frame, more of it is now visible because the side panels on the Series 1 are made from a special near-transparent polycarbonate material. Ather says this is the first time something like this is being used on a production two-wheeler. However, Ather still has to get the dyes ready, which is why the customers will only get the panels in May 2021. The company will install them at no cost.
Ather Series 1 specifications
Underneath, the Series 1 is identical to the 450X, it uses the same 3.3kW/6kW (continuous/peak) motor that produces 26Nm of torque (up from the 450's 20.5Nm). While the claimed top speed remains the same at 80kph, the 0-40kph acceleration time has now improved from the original Ather 450's 3.9sec to 3.3sec – this is most likely in the scooter's new Warp riding mode.
The range has gone up as well; the scooter now has a claimed range of 70km (up from 65km) in Ride mode. The range in Eco mode, meanwhile, has gone up by 10km, to 85km. The larger lithium-ion battery on the 450X does require more time to charge, it now takes 3hr 35min to get to 80 percent and 5hr 45min to get to a 100 percent from zero.
What about the other features?
Like the 450X, the Series 1 also gets the updated instrument cluster. While it uses the same Android-based operating system, it does feature minor updates indicating that it’s a Series 1 and not a 450X. While the screen continues to be a 7.0-inch unit, it gets 4G LTE and Bluetooth 4.2, like the 450X.
Ather has said the Series 1 will only be available to those who pre-ordered it in January. The company hasn’t revealed the number, but said it has fewer than 10,000 bookings. The owners of the Series 1 will also not be charged for service for the first year of ownership. Its price was the same as that of the 450X.
Where can you buy an Ather?
Earlier this year, Ather announced that it plans to expand its presence to 10 cities across India –Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Coimbatore, Kochi, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Pune. However, going by the response it has received so far, Ather has added Kozhikode to the list. This takes the total number of cities in Ather's Phase One expansion plan to 11.
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