Harley Davidson’s spin-off EV brand LiveWire announced the specs of the S2 Del Mar this month. The new model follows in the wake of the brand’s initial, eponymous model, and the One that followed in 2021.
The S2 Del Mar is inspired by flat-track designs. That’s in keeping with LiveWire, which seeks to extend the Harley brand into the post-fossil-fuel age. In achieving a new relevance through the electric powertrain, the Harley Brand would be allowed to occupy a purely nostalgic space, capitalizing on what has made the Harley brand so powerful over the last twenty years, while staking a claim in the new era.
The S2 Del Mar, then, has one foot in the past and one in the future. The specs, revealed this month, should help it to find an audience, although the LiveWire brand has had a hard time hitting with the Harley crowd, which looks backward frequently and seldom forward. Not a wise philosophy on the road, perhaps, but a seductive one for a demographic that longs for vanished freedoms, however mythological.
Combined with its historical riffs, the Del Mar’s numbers may well make it the hit Harley is hoping for. With its 84-horsepower powertrain and 436-pound weight, the bike can launch to 60 MPH in 3 seconds and reach a top speed of 103. With Level 2 charging, it can restore 80% available energy from 20% in a little over an hour. The bike’s city range is 113 miles; on the highway it can travel 70.
LiveWire is taking reservations for the S2 Del Mar now. The all-electric model is priced from $15,499.