Norton V4SV: New Norton’s new superbike unveiled
Norton have given us the first images and details of their redesigned flagship superbike, which they say is ‘all-new and re-engineered’ to be the ‘most luxurious British superbike ever created’. Now called the V4SV, the spec sheet looks pretty similar to the V4SS it replaces.
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The bike still has the instantly recognisable polished aluminium frame, Brembo monobloc brakes with 330mm discs, Öhlins suspension and carbon bodywork as before. But while the 1200cc 72-degree V4 engine looks the same from the outside, the claimed power has dropped from around 200bhp to 185bhp @ 12,500rpm.
Torque is down too, from a claimed peak of 95.8lb.ft to 92.5lb.ft. And it comes 1000rpm sooner in the rev range. This drop in power and torque might suggest that new Norton thought the engine was overstressed in the old bike.
In terms of tech, the new V4 still has a keyless ignition, TFT dash (although it’s dropped an inch to 6in) and rear facing camera.
The Norton V4SV will be available in two colours, Manx silver with red and black pinstriping and red Oz aluminium wheels or Carbon finish complete with carbon-fibre BST wheels. There’s no word yet on price or availability but we’ll bring you the latest news as we get it.