Norton unveils stunning superbike | News
Norton has come straight out of the box with a road bike with lots to die for and powered by an in-house developed 1200cc V4 engine housed in a TT-proven chassis with an electronics package that is as good as any rival.
The new Norton V4 will be built entirely in-house at the firm’s Donington Park-based factory and will come in two models, the range-topping SS and the lower specification RR. The first run of 200 SS bikes has already been snapped up and the order book for the 250 initial RR models is also filling in fast. Australian prices and delivery are yet to be confirmed, but UK residents will need to part with £44,000 (approx A$72,500) for the SS and £28,000 (approx A$46,000) for the lower-spec RR. Not that the RR is much lower in specification. Where the SS uses CNC-machined parts for its frame and swingarm, the RR sticks with less expensive cast items.
The V4 engine runs a compact 72º V-angle, and is a ground-up new engine, designed and built by Norton. Inside the motor, which has a larger bore and stroke than the RSV4 used in the Norton TT bike giving it a 1200cc capacity. Claimed power is 150kW at 12,500rpm. But being a V4, this is only half the story as it also produces a massive 130Nm of torque – 15Nm more than the 2017 Aprilia RSV4 RF. A cassette gearbox and slipper clutch are also standard equipment as is an up and down quick shifter.
Get the full story gorgeous new Norton road bike, including interviews with it creators, in the next issue of AMCN on sale Thursday.
Type: Norton designed 72-degree liquid-cooled V4, 1200cc.
Bore x Stroke: 82mm x 56.8mm
Power: 150kW + @ 12,500rpm (Claimed)
Torque: 130Nm @ 10,000rpm (Claimed)
DASH: Full-colour 7-inch display
MODES: Engine mode adjustability including: Road, Track and Pro-Race. Road modes include rear-view camera.
QUICK SHIFT: Full quick shift system up and down
ELECTRONIC: IMU assisted traction-control, wheelie control, launch control and cruise control. Uses six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU)
Chassis: Polished aluminium twin tube Shotgun chassis.
DRY WEIGHT: 179kg
FRONT SUSPENSION: Ohlins NIX30 system front fork. Fully-adjustable.
REAR SUSPENSION: Ohlins TTXGP Norton bespoke fully-adjustable rear shock.
STEERING DAMPER: Ohlins damper
FRONT BRAKE: 2 x 330mm full-floating discs. Radially-mounted Brembo Monobloc calipers. Brembo discs, and Brembo master cylinder
REAR BRAKE: Single 245mm disc. Brembo caliper and master-cylinder
OPTIONAL: Full titanium race system supplied with aftermarket tune, approx 8kg lighter and approx 10bhp more. – 7.5kw