Norton Motorcycles V4 Cafe Racer Prototype Looks Beautiful
Norton Motorcycles got off to a rough start. But the maker of classics acquired by TVS wants to turn a new leaf. The Norton V4SS had a lot of design issues of course, but they went back to the drawing board and redesigned all of the bad things from previous machines. And the result is two cool concepts – the V4SV and the V4CR.
V4SV is a quickly redesigned version of V4SS. And the V4CR is its sleek cafÃ©-racer version. The cafe racer shares almost all the basics with its fully streamlined sibling, but there are a few tasteful tweaks. This coffee race is an ode to Norton’s glorious past, and intends to bring it back to life!
The Norton V4 CafÃ© Racer prototype is muscular and industrial. But we fell in love with the mandarin seat!
A nostalgic departure from Norton’s new global headquarters
When we mentioned Norton again turning a new page, it wasn’t superficial! The V4CR is designed, manufactured and manufactured at Norton’s brand new global headquarters located in Solihull. It will now be their Batcave. We had a hint of anticipation about this coffee race when the V4SV superbike was presented recently. After all, “nude” is in Norton’s DNA.
Packs the same engine as the Norton V4SV: but much more refined
The mainframe and the engine are shared with the superbike. The Norton V4 CafÃ© Racer contains the same 1200cc 72 degree V4 engine that is rated at 185 HP. This water-cooled unit allows this concept to run for the big leagues. And the additional weight savings add to its performance appeal. The seat is very aggressive with short clips.
Magnificent cafÃ©-racer with an “aluminum” appeal
It’s an artistic machine, and Norton pulled off the old-fashioned cafe-racer vibe. The entire bike follows a polished aluminum paint scheme, but not all components are aluminum. The fuel tank and all small body panels including the fenders are carbon fiber. The swingarm and frame are aluminum with a polished finish.
The subframe has been shortened to a minimum position. And we love the contrasting mandarin orange seats. The intimidating exhaust system adds to its muscular appeal. Most of the electronics appear to have been taken from the fully streamlined 4VSV, including the fully digital instrument cluster. The one-sided swingarm and black wheels add to its sleek appeal.
When can we expect a production-ready Norton V4CR?
As much as we want to see Keanu Reeves add this to his sick collection, the Norton V4 CafÃ© Racer is a concept for now. But we can expect a future production model to look a lot like this cool cafe racer. One confirmation we have is in which colors the production V4CR will be offered – Carbon and Manx Silver.
When this Norton hits the streets, it will be a fiery contender against Aprilia Tuono V4 1100, KTM 1290 Super Duke R and the new Triumph Speed ââTriple 1200. Being a hand-built offering, don’t expect value -for Norton’s money. With the nearly ready nature of this prototype, we expect to see it on sale by mid-2022.
Sources: Nortonmotorcycles.com, Visordown.com, Autoblog.com, Twitter.com
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