Ultra-lightweight Ducati-powered NCR weighs just 126kg

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This Monster-powered, featherweight racer is the M4 One Shot, the latest beauty from Bologna-based bike builders NCR.

Using the same basic geometry and concept as the firm's 1000 Millona race bike, and borrowing heavily from the Ducati Monster 1100 Evo - itself a meagre 169kg - the stripped down, titanium and carbon-fibre constructed M4 One Shot tips the scales at a phenomenally slight 126kg wet. Couple that with a 132bhp output and you have a power-to-weight ratio that exceeds any production superbike's and begins to justify the £52,000 asking price.

While the standard air-cooled 100 Evo engine makes 107bhp and 84ftlb at 7500rpm, the heavily modified version in the M4 One Shot uses titanium pistons, an increased stroke and specially fabricated titanium internals - from cylinder to cams - to reach 132bhp and 105ftlb at 8,700rpm. NCR will also offer a base 130kg M4 - minus the One Shot moniker - with an unaltered 1078cc Ducati lump for £35,000.

The firm says its mission is to "redefine motorcycling by setting a new standard in light weight, simplicity and pureness of design and technology".

The M4 and M4 One Shot are being launched in North America, with a European release planned next year.

Where the NCR fits in

Power (claimed) Weight (wet) Power-weight ratio
Yamaha M1 MotoGP bike 240bhp 148kg 1.62
Ducati 1199 Panigale 195bhp 176kg 1.11
NCR M4 One Shot 132bhp 126kg 1.05
BMW S1000RR 193bhp 207.7kg 0.93
Suzuki GSX-R600 126bhp 187kg 0.67
Ducati Monster 1100 Evo 100bhp 185kg 0.54
Bugatti Veyron supercar 1001bhp 1888kg 0.52
KTM 125 Duke 15bhp 128kg 0.11


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