Norton has re-engineered and relaunched the V4SV superbike. With a price tag of 44,000 pounds, the V4SV is more expensive than the Ducati Panigale V4 SP2 which is priced at 35,000 pounds.
Norton has re-engineered and relaunched its flagship superbike, the V4SV. The British bike maker which has seen a tumultuous past under questionable management was recently rescued by a buyout by TVS. So a bit more about the motorcycle then.
We think petrolheads can agree on the fact that the V4SV is a looker and how. Elements like the exposed hand TIG-welded aluminium frame, full carbon fibre bodywork and an under-bracelet and billet aluminium single-sided swingarm look like it means business.
While bike makers around the world are rushing to get their products laden with winglets to the wind tunnel, Norton completely knocked the idea off the table for a clean, flowing and uncluttered look devoid of any appendages.
The company is offering the motorcycle in two variants including Manx Silver and Carbon. The common thread between the two in terms of visuals is the full carbon fibre bodywork and a Union Jack on the tail. The Manx Silver variant comes with traditional Norton colours with red and carbon highlights on a polished silver base alongside a black number board at the front.
Meanwhile, the Carbon variant comes with a fully exposed carbon fibre bodywork and full carbon BST wheels. What knocks off a few kilos off this variant are elements like forged aluminium units.
At its heart, the Norton V4SV comes with a 1200cc V4 engine featuring titanium valves and churning out 187.5hp at 12,500rpm and 125Nm of torque at 9,000rpm. The motorcycle is suspended with the help of a full Brembo braking system with a radial master cylinder at the front paired to twin monobloc callipers clamping down on 330mm rotors.
It's also a modern Norton in every way considering it comes with a 6-axis IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) that facilitates lean-sensitive traction control, cornering ABS and three engine modes: wet, road and sport.
Apart from what we mentioned above, there is yet another reason the motorcycle has made it to the headlines. This one comes with a price tag of 44,000 pounds. The price tag also surpasses the monumental price tag of 35,000 pounds of the Ducati Panigale V4 SP2.