Before we get stuck into a summer of commuting and touring on our electric streetfighter, we decided it would be a good idea to test the outright performance of the Energica Eva against what its Italian manufacturers claim.
The 11kw produced by the Eva’s Permanent Magnet oil-cooled AC motor equates to around 95bhp, which puts it into a similar horsepower category as a naked middleweight like a Honda CB650F. However, with 125ftlb of torque the Eva has the engine pick-up of bikes like Ducati’s Panigale and Triumph’s Rocket III. So, what do these figures mean for its straightline performance? We took it to our Bruntingthorpe test track to find out.
The Eva has four riding modes – Sport, Eco, Urban and Rain – and the most power and performance is released in the Sport, at the cost of battery range. Although, in our excitement to get going, we forgot to change the Eva’s mode from Eco, so were a little disappointed when we found we were limited to a top speed of just 52mph.
Realising the error of our ways, we used the left-hand trigger switch on the handlebars to scroll through the options and selected Sport, to unleash the Eva’s full potential. Then MCN speed tester Bruce Dunn lined up the electric machine at the start of Bruntingthorpe’s two-mile runway and let it rip. The Eva whirred away down into the distance, sounding very much like a weird futuristic fighter jet.
Downloading the data we found that the Eva reached a Gps-verified speed of 120mph – so that’s 11mph shy of the Honda CB650F’S top speed, which will be down to the fact that the Eva’s giving away an extra 88kg over the Honda. The two bikes’ quarter-mile times are similar too, with the Eva posting a respectable 12.99-second standing quarter mile, just 0.7s slower than the CB650F.
In terms of braking, the heavyweight Eva does a decent job considering its mass. The Abs-assisted Brembos haul the bike up from 70mph to zero in 3.6 seconds in a distance of 54 metres – astonishingly that’s better than the brand new 92kg lighter Suzuki GSX-R1000R.
The electric Eva’s straight line performance claims are put to the test at Bruntingthorpe ‘The Eva whirred down the runway like a futuristic jet fighter’