Bob Pickett takes a look:
With just 200 to be built, the hand-built superbike café racer is the first brand-new motorcycle produced by TVS-owned Norton, following on from the re-engineered V4SV and new-generation Norton Commando 961 launched last year.
It is also the second motorcycle to be powered by Norton’s own liquid-cooled 1200cc, 72-degree V4 engine, optimised to produce 185bhp. A quickshifter and auto blipper system; adjustable Öhlins front and rear suspension; Brembo brakes; solid aerospace grade aluminium billet-machine yokes; a sophisticated lean-angle sensitive traction-control; and three engine modes (wet, road and sport) are all featured on this British-made motorcycle.
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As standard, the Norton V4CR has a traditional single round headlamp fitted with a modern LED unit, keyless ignition and a full-colour six-inch TFT display.
Technical specifications: An aluminium tubular chassis houses a 1200cc, 72-degree liquid-cooled V4 with Titanium inlet valves, putting out 185bhp @ 12,000rpm with 125Nm of torque @ 9,000rpm. Bore and stroke is 82mm x 56.8mm. Eight fuel injectors, full drive-by-wire system independent on front and rear banks of cylinders for control and feel.
Wheelbase: 1435mm. Kerb weight: 204kg. Front brakes: 2 x 330mm floating discs. Radially mounted Brembo monobloc calipers. Brembo discs, and Brembo master cylinder. Rear brakes: Brembo 245mm rear disc. Brembo caliper and master cylinder. Öhlins front and rear suspension (front fully adjustable USD forks, rear fully adjustable with hydraulic preload adjustment). Fifteen-litre under-seat carbon fibre fuel tank with Kevlar reinforcement and carbon fibre body panels.
Dr. Robert Hentschel, CEO of Norton Motorcycles, said: “The Norton V4CR is a raw expression of impeccable design and intoxicating performance. We’ve taken the engineering of the V4SV and stripped back the outer shell to ensure the rider gets a truly uninhibited motorcycling experience.
“The V4CR is the first completely new model we’ve built. Our engineering and design teams have been meticulous in their approach, from initial sketches to concept production, through to the final finishing touches. The bike is the culmination of all our learnings and investment over the last three years and we’re delighted that we can now share this taste of Norton’s future.”
Available in two colour schemes, Carbon or Manx Platinum, the V4CR is priced at £41,999.
To register interest, visit: www.nortonmotorcycles.com
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