Just a few weeks ago, MotoPinas.com reported that Honda plans to challeng Kawasaki with its own version of a new supercharged motorcycle. While the Japanese believe small engines with high horsepower can meet the ever-tightening emissions regulations, the Americans on the other hand, still believe in the mantra, “There's no replacement for displacement.”
Just recently, Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson (HD) announced their new Screaming Eagle 131 cubic inch crate engine. 131 cubic inches converts to 2,147cc of unadulterated V-Twin power, for us here living with the Metric System. That's even larger than most car engines today.
Being a crate engine, the Screaming Eagle 131 is targeted at custom bike builders looking for massive powerplant to propel their beast in the making. It can also serve as an upgrade for existing Harley-Davidson models (or Morgan 3-wheelers ), looking for a little bit more oomph.
“Our adrenaline-seeking riders asked for thrilling power and torque with reliability,” said Harley-Davidson Product Manager, James Crean. “The Screamin’ Eagle 131 Crate Engine delivers exactly that. Developed by the Screamin’ Eagle performance team and factory-assembled at Harley-Davidson Powertrain Operations to ensure the highest quality standards, this high-performance engine is genuine Harley-Davidson.”
This new 2.1L crate engine can be a plug-and-play replacement for 2017-onwards Harley-Davidson touring models, and is available as an oil and air-cooled version; or Twin-Cooled (water-cooled) version. HD claims that the new Screaming Eagle 131 produces a whopping 177.6 Nm of torque and 122.7 Ps of power, making it the biggest and most powerful street-compliant engine Harley-Davidson has ever created.
The Screamin’ Eagle Milwaukee-Eight 131 Crate Engine is available for order at US$6,195.00 (PhP316,000) for the oil-cooled version, while the Twin-Cooled will retail at US$6,395 (PhP326,000) and comes with HD's limited warranty coverage of up to 2 years.