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Norton unveils 187hp V4SV superbike, costlier than Panigale V4 SP2 | Autocar India

Written by Ravi Kapoor

British bike maker Norton unveiled its re-engineered flagship superbike, the V4SV. Few bike makers have such a tumultuous but illustrious previous as Norton. From dominating on the Isle of Man TT races to going bankrupt attributable to questionable administration (à la Stuart Garner), Norton has seen its justifiable share of ups and downs. Not too long ago, the model was rescued by a TVS buyout

Norton V4SV: supplied in two variants

The very first thing that strikes you in regards to the V4SV is the attractive and evocative design it possesses. It’s completely sensible to take a look at with its uncovered hand TIG welded aluminium body, full carbon fibre bodywork and an under-braced billet aluminium single-sided swingarm. The 15l race bike-like underseat gas tank is totally carbon fibre in building with Kevlar reinforcement.

The remainder of the business is dashing to stay aerodynamic winglets on the facet of their superbikes, however the Norton bucks this pattern, with a clear, flowing and uncluttered look devoid of any appendages. 

There are two variants on provide – Manx Silver and Carbon. Visible options widespread to each embody full carbon fibre bodywork and a Union Jack on the tail.

The Manx Silver will get conventional Norton colors with purple and carbon highlights on a cultured silver base, a black quantity board on the entrance fascia in addition to purple solid aluminium OZ racing wheels.

The Carbon will get totally uncovered carbon fibre bodywork and full carbon BST wheels. These are even lighter than solid aluminium items and will make this variant lighter on its toes. Whereas Norton hasn’t given a worth break-up for the 2 variants, it’s doubtless that the Carbon will price greater than the Manx.

Norton V4SV: engine and chassis

With a 72-degree 1200cc V4 engine that includes titanium valves and churning out 187.5hp at 12,500rpm and 125Nm of torque at 9,000rpm, it has greater than sufficient firepower to again up its breathtakingly beauty.

Suspension at each ends is provided by Ohlins – a NIX 30 entrance fork and a TTXGP rear monoshock that’s bespoke to this bike. High-drawer gear continues to the braking {hardware} as properly to maintain all that horsepower in verify. The V4SV will get a full Brembo braking system with a radial grasp cylinder on the entrance paired to twin monobloc calipers clamping down on 330mm rotors. The rear will get a 245mm disc paired to a single piston caliper.

Is it a 21st century Norton?

In a nutshell, sure. The V4SV will get a lot of the digital aids you’d anticipate on a flagship superbike right now, with a 6-axis IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) that facilitates lean-sensitive traction management, cornering ABS and three engine modes: moist, highway and sport.

Full LED lighting in addition to keyless ignition come commonplace on the V4SV. One thing you wouldn’t essentially anticipate is a rear-view digicam whose performance is managed via the 6-inch color TFT show.

Norton V4SV: worth

Maybe the largest speaking level about this bike is the eye-watering £44,000 asking worth. So exorbitant is the value for the Norton that it surpasses even the monumental £35,000 price ticket of the Panigale V4 SP2. For anybody aside from the fortunate few who’re capable of afford it, it will stay as unobtainable as six-pack abs on a weight loss plan of mozzarella cheese solely.

Regardless of now being owned by TVS, Norton doesn’t have a presence in India presently, so it’s extremely unlikely you’ll see this bike on our roads anytime quickly. Beforehand, it was delivered to India as a part of the now-defunct Motoroyale Group with different unique manufacturers resembling MV Agusta, SWM and FB Mondial.

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