Third Generation Confederate Hellcat

From Confederate Motor Company the Birmingham, Alabama manufacturer of very limited edition high end motorcycles, a 3rd generation of the Hellcat model equipped with a 132″ (2160 cc) square C3 X132 engine (bore 4.4 x stroke 4.4) with its patented minimalist fusion design and adjustable front & rear suspension. A Hell raiser that you can order with a 5% prepayment of $2,250 (credit card accepted) by going to Work & Cycle. But before that you want to read the full tech sheet after the jump.

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31 Responses to “Third Generation Confederate Hellcat”


  1. 1 Donnie Apr 24th, 2011 at 8:04 am

    Not bad. Never saw a Confederate bike on the road. A few in the garage of some rich dudes? Just wonder how they survive…

  2. 2 Nobody Apr 24th, 2011 at 8:54 am

    I’m not much of a sport/super sport bike fan, but that bike is pretty sharp.

  3. 3 Brady Steffl Apr 24th, 2011 at 9:04 am

    Looks good, but what else could you get for $55,000? I’d be happier with a $15,000 motorcycle and $40,000 to travel on. That’d get you a hell of a long way. Of course, I do not have more money than I know what to do with, and I’m also kind of a clod on a sportbike, so I’ll leave them to the boys with the bucks.

    Brady
    Behind Bars – Motorcycles and Life

  4. 4 Bruce Rogers Apr 24th, 2011 at 9:54 am

    It’s a “massaged” S&S engine. Right?

  5. 5 zyon Apr 24th, 2011 at 9:56 am

    If this is the future of sports bike, I’m glad I avoid them like the plague.

    I laugh when they pass me at 130mph and I laugh harder when I see them plowed into a side of a semi truck.

  6. 6 fluke Apr 24th, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Looks like a stock big bore X wedge with just a clear cam cover added, the usual secretive X wedge power figures too. I tend to like this kind of bike, but this one just leaves me stone cold. I had high hopes when I saw the pics of the compact unitary engine/gear box, but the rest of the bike looks like it was designed by a 5th grader who didn’t finish the crayon drawings as his mom called him down for dinner.

    for 45,000 bucks I would expect a little more.

  7. 7 trent reker Apr 24th, 2011 at 11:37 am

    been looking at that computer generated image for about six months now. will be nice when they actually build one.

  8. 8 Bleeding Ears Apr 24th, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Maybe the 4th generation Hellcat will be better.

    I like LOUD pipes.

  9. 9 Eric O Apr 24th, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    I found the first generation some what appealing . They seem to be trying to make it lose that with thier “advancement ” .

  10. 10 www.thatmotorcycleshow.com Apr 24th, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    That thing looks awsome!!!!

  11. 11 Greybeard Apr 24th, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Wow.

    “Horsepower: sufficient”
    “6061 Aircraft grade machined billet aluminum”
    ” 3″ 120 wall hard steel backbone”

    If you’re not insulted you’re OUR kind of customer!

  12. 12 M. McWane Apr 24th, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    It’s an American Vincent! Love it!!!

  13. 13 Sad America Apr 25th, 2011 at 7:38 am

    Chambers looking to fleece yet another idiot.

    PS : Is it possible to buy any WORSE quality aluminium than 6061 ?

  14. 14 leston Apr 25th, 2011 at 10:46 am

    that seat is heinous

  15. 15 Jim Gianatsis / FastDates.com Apr 25th, 2011 at 11:32 am

    $45,000 for the Hellcat 3 certainly gets the new Confederate closer to reality (down about $30K from the previous model) in the current economic climate.

    For comparison, the new Ducati Diavel at $15,995 is still lighter with more power, ABS and Traction Control, looks better, is definlty more comfortable to ride with a comfortable seat, AND can carry a passenger. Plus a 2 year warranty and a dealer in every town.

    Which would you buy?
    Which would you buy if you could afford either one?

  16. 16 Eric Maurer Apr 25th, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    I would build another Evo based rigid and take whats left, head over to Barrett Jackson and snag someething cool with 4 wheels.

    I don’t get why anyone thinks there is a mass market for a 50K motorcycle…. even if you filled the tank with 30 grand, I wouldn’t spend 50 grand on this bike. Really cool yes, but 20 grand cool. Come on, snap back to reality Confederate.

  17. 17 Gary Von Hoene Apr 25th, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Jim – If I had the money (key point), I’d probably buy the Hellcat…

    To my eye, it’s much better looking than the Diavel. The design of the Ducati will age much faster than the Confederate. And even if the Diavel is faster than the Hellcat, I prefer torque over high revving horsepower.

    It’s an interesting comparison, but it’s kind of like comparing a Corvette with an Aston Martin. The Corvette is faster, cheaper, and dealers are everywhere…but an Aston Martin is still a more desirable car (to me).

    Hopefully Confederate will keep lowering their prices so that I could afford one!

    Gary Von Hoene
    04′ HD V-Rod

  18. 18 Shawn Apr 25th, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    I think Confederate keeps missing the Target. They used to be somewhat cutting edge (granted, they were using a V-twin rather than a more modern engine)…. But their bikes we’re bad ass. The Wrath was AWESOME.

    But then they started trying to make things look more and more industrial… which resulted in some pretty poor choices. Do they really think that because the seat is all machined out of aluminium, we’ll be happy sitting on something that resembles a 2×4? Sure, some things can be all crazy, but come on. Their last bike had some weird tube/bump in the seat that made it look about a comfortable as a chain link fence. 🙂

    I think they need to go back to the drawing board. 🙂

  19. 19 martin Twofeather Apr 25th, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Another fine job by Confederate,and it’s a beauty…

  20. 20 MDSPHOTO Apr 25th, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Yuck!

  21. 21 Torque Wrench Apr 26th, 2011 at 2:06 am

    amazing design ..this will be a rare view of my dream MC..you really rocks..

  22. 22 Paul d'Orleans Apr 26th, 2011 at 3:56 am

    I’ve test-ridden a Wraith, and loved the power, light weight, looks, and sound. The sailplane forks worked well, too. Hated the super-fat rear tire, suitable only for straight-line cruising; when you cranked the bike over for a fast corner, the steering geometry changed – unsettling. I discussed the matter with a Board member, who insisted that tire was necessary for the American aesthetic.
    I prefer my bikes to handle.
    Perhaps this computer mockup shows a narrower rear tire? There’s no functional reason such an ‘art bike’ couldn’t work as well as a Buell…

  23. 23 Georgia boy Apr 26th, 2011 at 6:43 am

    zyon
    Apr 24th, 2011 at 9:56 am

    I laugh when they pass me at 130mph and I laugh harder when I see them plowed into a side of a semi truck.

    tasteless

  24. 24 hoyt Apr 26th, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Paul – I thought the Wraith had a 190mm tire? That doesn’t seem “super fat” as most liter sport bikes have a 190mm.

  25. 25 chris Apr 26th, 2011 at 10:50 am

    I checked out the confederate site for photos, and can’t wait to see the finished product. I like that they finally put some color back into the bikes, like the G1 Hellcats.

  26. 26 nubs66 Apr 26th, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Doesn’t do anything for me at all…it’s anti-classic and a design failure aesthetically IMHO.

  27. 27 Jim Gianatsis / FastDates.com Apr 26th, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    C3 Confederate Dimensions
    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

  28. 28 nuno maroco Apr 27th, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Like it alot, us for the price same old questions, production costs, quallity, demand, market etc.
    I do belive that it´s good have difrent options to difrent pockets, i ride a used yamaha 535 and i love it.

  29. 29 sidewinder Apr 28th, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    $45k for that!. Go buy an old Ninja for a grand, yank the skins off & put a piece of steel for your seat. & you got about the same thing. (& Big Dog goes out of business- Ughh) Just my opinion of course!!

  30. 30 bshirk May 2nd, 2011 at 6:52 am

    My God that thing is ugly.

  31. 31 Ghost Rider Dec 28th, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    Let’s put this to rest, the Ducati Diavel has more HP, but significantly less torque and is heavier, so the Hellcat will spank it off the line, and for all purposes nobody will take a naked bike over 150mph, so top speed is a worthless figure for a naked bike.

    Everybody has their own taste, Thank Goodness. Personally I think the G3 Hellcat is not nearly as attractive as the G2 Hellcat, seems to be a more post-modern machinery look while the G2 was more sloping lines. I have nothing against Ducati, in fact I have an S4 and it is a serious beast, quite a machine. I have seen a Diavel on the road, looks nice and I’d like to ride one, but there is no way I am trading my Hellcat for one.

    Ducati puts the Diavel HP number at 167, no doubt at the crank. Depending upon which Hellcat model and generation you get the numbers will vary significantly depending upon the size of the v- twin and the maker and what if anything extra was done to the engine, such as porting and polishing that the ‘Combat’ or ‘Fighter’ Hellcats are supposed to have done. The X132 G3 Hellcat puts out big numbers for both HP and torque, it is also lighter than the Ducati Diavel. Does the difference justify the price difference? Only a person buying one or both can answer that for themselves. As for comfort, Ducati has never been about comfort, the seat on my S4 is harder than Oak and it is a 2 up seat with a seat cowl for the back in white with the red stripe. The seat on my G2 Hellcat is carbon fiber with two tiny pieces of foam on it, believe me, it is MUCH more comfortable than the larger leather Ducati seat and the riding position is more comfortable. Of course nothing compares to the Corbin seat I have on my FZX700 in terms of comfort for MC seats. But just how far is one willing to ride on a Diavel or Hellcat in one sitting? Most people don’t have the arm strength to fight the wind at 60mph for more than 20 minutes on a naked bike, so touring would be out of the question for them on either bike, as such seat comfort is not much of an issue between the two.

    If anybody buys a Hellcat then it is not their first bike or only bike, it is a specialty piece of machinery. They would probably have other bikes to haul another person on or would have a custom seat made for 2-up riding(I did). Bikes do different things well, my Victory Kingpin is a great touring machine with 2 up comfort. My Ducati S4 is a true beast and handles like not much else can through the turns, while my Hellcat is a streetfighter extraordinaire, NOTHING on the street stays with it off the line in a straight line, nothing.

    Price is all relative, if you want something bad enough you can justify how much you spend on it, after all it is just money, and all money does is give you opportunities. What opportunities you want to spend it on is up to you, do you want to take flight lessons or eat steak? Travel to France or buy a Vette to drive around? It doesn’t matter what anybody else thinks, life is brief, chose your experiences wisely and whatever you spend on what you want to do will be worth it.

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