Confederate President Matt Chambers loves to talk and write about his company motorcycles, and it’s always in a romantic language applied to everything mechanical. To not betray the way he feels about design, riders, motorcycles…and of his new C3 X132 Hellcat, let’s listen to him. ” This third generation Hellcat represents an impassioned, romantic, genuinely emotional evolutionary journey for the great many men and woman who have, over 20 years, poured their hearts into the challenge of making each Confederate Hellcat an honest, iconic, fiercely American example of heirloom quality and design”. “In keeping with Confederate design heritage, classic understated yet very progressive American design minimalism drives acutely focused product substance. There is no contrivance; nothing is superfluous. The machine is a showcase for the individualist craftsmanʼs sacred vow to never compromise truth and to take nothing away, illuminating limitless effort committed to the highest form of hand-made craftsmanship.”
Now, you want to know more. First, let’s talk about the “Hell” part (engine & transmission) of the Hellcat C3 X132. Heart of the beast is a 6061 aircraft grade machined billet aluminum 132 cubic inch Copperhead Engine, square (4.4 inch bore; 4.4 inch stroke) developed in alliance with S&S Cycle. . Engine cylinders are at 56° angle for reduced piston interference and less vibration. The unitized case construction is machined from a 400 pound block of 6061 aircraft grade aluminum carved into 37 pounds of core mot. Torque is announced at 145 foot pounds. Horsepower not disclosed. Copperhead engine is three belt-driven cams in a unique configuration that provides straight pushrod angles to all valves. A one-piece forged crankshaft with automotive style, plain bearing connecting rods and plain main bearings offers greater load capacity, increased engine durability and reduced noise. The cylinder heads are designed with automotive style low mass rocker arms and a unique cross-flow wedge style combustion chamber. The fuel system consists of an S&S single bore throttle body and Variable Fuel Injection module, which boasts dual closed loop feedback for fuel control and knock sensing ignition. Oil pump is Gerotor style. Powertrain solution is devised for massive low RPM torque deployment and using a patented Confederate design system. This proven drag race derived system is designed, specified and built to maintain perfect crankshaft to output shaft alignment, irrespective of the suddenness or magnitude of torque application. Matt Chambers states that this system can take a beating without failing. Transmission is Confederate proprietary design, 5-speed close ratio with Bandit slim design dry clutch drive system with massive patented output bearing support system.
Regarding design, the “Cat” part of the Hellcat, Matt Chambers says “We have adopted a minimalist, holistic, avant-garde design imperative. Our goal is to be on the cutting edge of an exciting, innovative and relevant American design initiative”. Chassis is 3 inch 120 wall hard steel backbone, 2 inch 120 wall hard steel down tube hand tig weld fabrication. Two available configurations: Fighter series: 23.5° rake; 4.1 inch trail; 61.5 inch wheelbase Roadster series: 30° rake; 4.25 inch trail; 64.5 inch wheelbase. Gas tank is 4.75 gallons aircraft grade aluminum. Wheels are Carbon fiber, front: 3.5” 17”, rear 6” x 17” with carbon ceramic rotors pinched by Dual Brembo 4 piston monoblock calipers.
Hellcat C3 X 132 is listed at $45,000 with a pre-payment of 5% ($1,050.00). Complete Powertrain is available separately for $21,000.00 with a pre-payment of 5% ($1,050.00 USD) Founded in 1991 in Baton Rouge, Confederate Motors, Inc. designs and handcrafts limited series built, uncompromised motorcycles for the motoring purist. The company has locations in Birmingham, Alabama and New Orleans, Louisiana. More info at Confederate Motors and Work And Cycle.