HONDA is giving the VFR800 its biggest ever makeover for 2002.
The styling has been completely revamped and the factory has fitted an ultra clean-burning engine, which uses technology to meet looming international emissions regulations.
It will be the first bike engine featuring Honda’s Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC) to be sold outside Japan.
VTEC has two main advantages – improved economy and extra power – and works by altering valve timing and cam lift, effectively giving a multi-cylinder engine the manners of both a detuned (economy) and tuned (better power) motor.
Honda sources in the U.S. say the new VFR has a fractional capacity increase, taking it from 781 to 782cc. But the real improvements have been to fuel consumption and torque. The bike will use 10 per cent less fuel to do the same work as the current model, effectively boosting the current bike’s 40mpg to 44mpg.
And torque is hugely increased thanks to an ever-changing cam profile, too. No figures are available, but expect around 62lb.ft – a 10 per cent improvement.
The fuel tank’s capacity grows by one litre, taking it to 22 litres (4.84 gall).
MCN’s source, who has seen the bike but is not connected with the Honda factory, says the bike has been heavily restyled and looks " futuristic and radical. "
The design brief included demands from Japanese bosses to ensure the new VFR retains both its sporting and touring capabilities.
Honda UK would only say: " We are unveiling all our new models on September 10. "
MCN will bring you the world’s first detailed pictures of the new VFR (expect it to cost around £8200 compared with the current bike’s £8000), as well as the 2002 FireBlade and 900 Hornet, early next month.
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