Thursday, November 17, 2016

2017 Norton V4 RR unveiled, is the answer to rich motorcyclists’ British superbike-exotica fantasies

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The production-spec Norton V4 RR is simply stunning

Norton have finally unveiled the production-spec V4 RR and its looks fabulous. As it should, because it’s priced at all of £28,000 (US$35,000). For all that money, you get a motorcycle that’s powered by a DOHC 16-valve 1200cc liquid-cooled fuel-injected V4, which produces more than 200 horsepower at 12,500rpm and 130Nm of torque at 10,000rpm. Yes, the engine is Euro 4-compliant if you were really worried about that. And the bike’s been developed at the Isle of Man, so the handling is likely to be brilliant.

If you can look away from its beautiful bodywork and peer under its skin for a minute, you’ll see that the Norton V4 RR is a very high-tech machine – there’s things like full ride-by-wire throttle management, constantly variable inlet tracts and 8-fuel injectors, 7-inch full-colour HD display for the digital instrument panel, three riding modes (road, track and pro-race), electronic quickshifter, auto blipper, fully adjustable traction control with 6-axis IMU, wheelie control, launch control, cruise control and full data-logging capability including lap times, max lean angle, max speed, max throttle and max braking force.

If that wasn’t enough already, there’s also a keyless ignition system, full LED lighting and an aluminium twin tube ‘shotgun’ chassis that uses the V4 engine as a stressed member. The chassis is, in fact, fully adjustable, including the swingarm pivot and front fork rake angle. The braced underslung single-sided cast-alloy swingarm has been developed in conjunction with Norton’s SG5 TT racebike, so you know it probably works very well indeed. The bike weighs 179 kilos, which gives it a better than 1:1 power-to-weight ratio. Brilliant!

Suspension on the Norton V4 RR is comprised of an Ohlins NIX30 front fork and Ohlins TTXGP rear shock, and both ends are fully adjustable. Wheels are 17-inch forged aluminium units, while twin 330mm brake discs at front, with Brembo’s radial-mount 4-piston monobloc calipers handling the braking duties. The bodywork is all carbonfibre, as is the 18-litre underseat fuel tank, which is also Kevlar-reinforced. Other interesting bits include forged footrests, footplates and carbon heel guard, while optional extras include a full titanium race exhaust system (8 kilos lighter than stock and said to 10bhp to the engine’s output), chrome’d race-replica bodywork and carbonfibre BST wheels for reduced unsprung weight.

We think Norton have hit one out of the park with the V4 RR. Honda wouldn’t build a modern-day interpretation of the RC30/RC45, so Norton have done it instead. Of course the V4 RR is expensive and of course it isn’t exactly the most practical motorcycle on the planet. But for those who love superbikes and have the money to buy the bike of their dreams, the new Norton V4 RR could just be the answer to all your dreams.

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