Harley-Davidson Announces New Motorcycle Engine
10 July 1998Harley-Davidson Announces New Motorcycle Engine: The 'Twin Cam 88'
MILWAUKEE, JULY 10 -- Continuing a tradition of leadership in the heavyweight motorcycle industry, Harley-Davidson announces the introduction of its new Big Twin engine, the "Twin Cam 88." The Twin Cam 88, which will debut on many of Harley-Davidson's 1999 motorcycle models, follows Harley-Davidson's very successful "Evolution" motor, which entered production in 1983 and continues in production today. The Twin Cam 88 shares only 18 common parts with the Evolution engine. In developing this new engine, the company has remained true to the look, sound and feel of a Harley-Davidson engine, while delivering improved performance and durability. At 1450cc's (88 cubic inches), the Twin Cam 88 is the largest displacement engine Harley-Davidson has ever built. The new design delivers an eight-percent increase in horsepower and a 10-percent increase in torque over the Evolution engine. It also keeps the essential qualities of a classic Harley-Davidson engine -- a 45-degree V-Twin, air-cooled, push rod motor. In development testing, the Twin Cam 88 has already established itself as a star performer. Harley-Davidson engineers spent four years designing and perfecting every engine component. The Twin Cam 88 has undergone over 2.5 million miles of road testing through hot and cold temperatures, over bump courses and on race tracks. Cycle World, the leading magazine in the U.S. motorcycle industry, calls Harley-Davidson's Twin Cam 88 "...the best Big Twin ever." "The Twin Cam 88 will take us into the future with more power, more reliability, and even quieter mechanical operation than the Evolution engine," said Jeff Bleustein, President and CEO of Harley-Davidson, Inc. "Drawing on our company's rich history, this new powertrain showcases Harley-Davidson's technological capabilities, without sacrificing the style, sound and heritage of the air-cooled V-Twin Harley-Davidson riders have come to know and love." The Twin Cam 88 will power all of Harley-Davidson's 1999 Dyna and Touring motorcycle models, which represents approximately 45% of the company's annual production. Production of the Twin Cam 88 began at Harley-Davidson's Menomonee Falls, Wis., powertrain plant in early July, and will be available on select 1999 model year motorcycles at authorized Harley-Davidson dealerships beginning in August. Harley-Davidson will introduce the Twin Cam 88 to the motorcycle press and general media at a kick-off event, including demonstration rides, in Las Vegas and in the Utah mountains on July 13-17. "The Twin Cam 88 is a bridge to an exciting future of accelerated product development at Harley-Davidson," Bleustein said. "This new motor is a sign of big things to come." Harley-Davidson Motor Company, the only major U.S.-based motorcycle manufacturer, produces heavyweight motorcycles and a complete line of motorcycle parts, accessories, and general merchandise. Buell Motorcycle Company produces sport and sport-touring motorcycles. Eaglemark Financial Services, Inc. provides wholesale and retail financing, insurance and credit card programs to Harley-Davidson dealers and customers and similar programs for other leisure products manufacturers.