2013: Zero S vs Brammo Empulse Spec Battle


Here it is kids, a basic comparison.  Maybe I’ll do more if the spirit moves me.  All specs are from the manufacturer’s pages, with the usual caveats.

Zero ZF8.5 Zero ZF11.4 Brammo Empulse
City/Highway/Combined range 103/53/70 miles (166/85/113 km) 137/70/93 miles (220/113/150 km) 121/56/77 miles (195/90/124km)
Max torque 68 ft-lb (92 Nm) 68 ft-lb (92 Nm) 63Nm (46.5 foot pounds)
Max power 54 hp (40 kW) @ 4300 RPM 54 hp (40 kW) @ 4300 RPM 40kW, @ 8,200 rpm (54 hp)
Top speed* 95 mph (153 km/h) 95 mph (153 km/h) 100 + mph (160 + km/h)
Power pack maximum capacity 8.5 kWh 11.4 kWh 9.31 kWh (nominal), 10.2 kWh (max)
Estimated power pack life to 80% capacity (city) 258,000 miles (415,000 km) 343,000 miles (552,000 km) 1,500 cycles to 80% capacity (100% DOD)
Weight 350 lb (159 kg) 382 lb (173 kg) 470lbs. / 213kg
Seat height 31.3 inches (794 mm) 31.3 inches (794 mm) 31.5” 80.0 cm
MSRP $13,995 $15,995 $16,995


From the Brammo site:

* The Empulse R has carbon fiber headlight shroud, front and rear fenders, top panel (this is the panel immediately ahead of the colored panel) and rear light housing.
* The Empulse R has a name badge and features fully adjustable (gold) front suspension and fully adjustable adjustable rear-suspension.
* The Empulse uses Semi-Adjustable 43mm Marzocchi Forks for the Front Suspension.
* The Empulse uses Semi-Adjustable Sachs Shocks for Rear Suspension.


3 responses to “2013: Zero S vs Brammo Empulse Spec Battle

  1. Zero really improved its bikes.
    So much torque for such a light motorbike !
    And no gearbox, a belt-drive so almost no maintainance at all.

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