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Harley-Davidson's LiveWire S2 Del Mar final specs paint a picture of short range and niche applications

Despite the odd mix of performance and range, the S2 Del Mar does have unique styling to set it apart. (Image source: LiveWire)
Despite the odd mix of performance and range, the S2 Del Mar does have unique styling to set it apart. (Image source: LiveWire)
Harley-Davidson's LiveWire spin-off has revealed the final specifications for its S2 Del Mar electric motorcycle, with some of the excitement tainted by a somewhat underwhelming top speed figure of just 103 mph (166 km/h). On top of an underwhelming top-end, the 43-mile highway range is sure to curl the average S2 Del Mar rider into a bundle of range anxiety.

While the LiveWire S2 Del Mar has been revealed to the public before, with some press even getting a chance to take a press unit out on a rip through the streets, the Harley-Davidson subdivision has only just given us a proper glimpse at the specifications and estimated performance of the new electric motorcycle.

The LiveWire S2 Del Mar has a single electric motor that churns out 84 hp and 194 lb-ft of torque, giving it a giddying 0-60 mph time of just three seconds. All that seems perfectly acceptable, but LiveWire has only managed to cram a 10.5 kWh battery pack into the S2 Del Mar. This small battery pack and high performance translates to some pretty disappointing range figures.

  • City range: 113 miles (181 km)
  • Combined range (55 mph): 86 miles (138 km)
  • Range at 55 mph (88.51 km/h) sustained: 70 miles (112 km)
  • Range at 70 mph (112.65 km/h) sustained: 43 miles (69 km)

The range and performance figures of the S2 Del Mar make it a bit of an odd duck when it comes to use cases. It doesn't have quite enough range to reliably use all of its 84 hp carving through nearby canyons, and it arguably has too much power to spend all of its time in the city puttering around. Its 103 mph top speed also falls short of what a lot traditional motorcycles have to offer. Yamaha's similarly-sized MT-07 puts out 70 hp and around 50 lb-ft of torque, but still manages a top speed of 133 mph.

The upside of a comparatively small battery pack is quick charging times, even with standard in-home chargers. Where an EV might take close to 20 hours to fully charge at Level 1 charging speeds, the S2 Del Mar can go from 0-100% in 8.4 hours on a regular Level 1 charger. Step things up to Level 2 charging, and you're looking at 0-100% in just 142 minutes, while topping up from 20-80% will take just 78 minutes.

The LiveWire S2 Del Mar isn't cheap either, with an MSRP of US$15,499, although it is much cheaper than the original LiveWire One. As impressive as some of the S2 Del Mar's performance numbers are, its limited range appears to make it best suited as a fun commuter machine rather than a highway hog or canyon carver.

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Julian van der Merwe, 2023-07-15 (Update: 2023-07-16)