When was the last big English sportswoman? 10 years ? What about the Triumph 675 Daytona? No, I was talking about a fat sportswoman. So we have to go back to the 955 Daytona, in 2006. And since…
Since then, the arms race has become fierce, and only Superbike efficiency has law.. But the time for exceptional machines has come back, those with exaggerated sportiness and which make fun of WSBK regulations. For pleasure, for luxury, for prestige. And it now has a name in England: the Norton V4.
Don’t think of the GSX-R, CBR, R1 or ZX-10R. Even less with the Panigale or RSV4. Forget the circuits. Immerse your mind in the Tourist Trophy, seize the moment when the English shoot first, and let the Norton 1200 V4 RR captivate you. A superb machine, with a marked personality and fleeting eyes. From a motorcycle, we fall into prestige. Because this Englishwoman aspires only to that. With this machine, we offer performance, quality both in the materials and in the realization, then we conclude with a prestigious dimension.
This sports car was first offered in an SS version, very sporty and upscale, weighing 179 kilos dry, a price of over 50,000 euros and 200 units in all. Here, Norton presents the second batch. At 32,500 euros (approximately), the V4 1200 RR is almost affordable, except that the weight climbs to 199 kilos.
Rest assured, the machine will hardly suffer. Norton has accumulated a lot of experience to transfer great efficiency to his sports car. Why do you think the brand has been so involved in TT lately? This V4 is the result. And its name immediately identifies its engine. Which differs a lot from the block engaged in the race. rewind.
At the Tourist Trophy, the Norton prototype was powered by the 1000 cc of the Aprilia RSV4. Things are different here. It is still a V4 but made in England, designed in partnership with the engine manufacturer Ricardo. With 72 °, it is more open than the 65 ° engine of the Aprilia. Also bigger with 1200cc of displacement, this boiler announces a very serious power of 200 horses at 12,500 rpm. Big watts but nothing exceptional compared to the displacement and the engine architecture. Apart from the CBR 1000 RR, all 1000 four-cylinder hypersports also release 200 nags, with 17% less displacement than the Donington block. On the other hand, the English berlingot is richer in torque, with a maximum greater than 13 mkg. If necessary, a racing kit allows you to add 10 horses and drop 8 kilos. Technically, we will appreciate the titanium intake valves and the variable-length intake system..
The eye-catching plastic and the powerful in-house motor won’t be the only excitement. The Norton 1200 V4 has taken care to equip itself with a high-end chassis. The frame is a trellis made of aluminum tubes, assembled and polished by hand. No less than 26 hours are needed to give it this sparkling appearance. Its slim appearance does not affect its strength, because it uses the V4 as a stiffening element. Coming from a competition bike, this lady offers multiple adjustments, such as the column angle (23.9 ° in factory setting) or the pivot point of the swingarm..
Aluminum, and carbon fiber for the Norton. All the cladding is created in this material.
The 18 liter tank is also made of carbon, reinforced with kevlar and chemically treated to avoid any worry with the fuel. The V4 1200 RR is fitted with lightweight OZ forged aluminum wheels; as an option, you can request carbon wheels, like the ones the SS is equipped with as standard. The difference between the pairs: 1.7 kg.
An exceptional machine must ensure its connections to the ground through a very high level of efficiency. Here as often, it is the manufacturer Öso called hlins. For this Englishwoman, the choice is good: a 43 mm diameter inverted NIX 30 fork and TTX GP shock absorber; fully adjustable of course. Sweden also supplies the steering damper.
Side brakes, still formidable. 330mm rotors are clamped by Brembo M50 4-piston radial calipers. There is a 245mm disc at the rear. To complete the system, the wafers like the master cylinders all come from the aforementioned Italian equipment manufacturer..
Norton makes us fantasize with his 961 Commandos, a retro range whose name evokes beautiful tussles and which smells like a machine that runs on the virility of the wrist, without artifice or sweetener. For the 1200 V4, it is not the same verse. We are in technology, with all the modern panoply of electronic assistance. Norton doesn’t leave you with its 200 hp unattended. On board, you will be supported by a keyless start system, a large 7-inch screen as a dashboard with 3 display modes, traction control, anti-wheeling, Inertial Measurement Unit with 6 axes to optimize the sensory work of the electronics, a speed regulator, a shifter and a standing start assistant. The total !
And a little specificity: have you noticed that the Norton V4 1200 RR does not have mirrors?!? Normal, they are replaced by a reversing camera.
After the 200 copies of the SS sold in a short time, Norton shifts on a series of 250 copies for its 1200 V4 in RR version. Bewitching and sulphurous, the English girl joins the clan of very beautiful motorcycles with deep refinement, closer to the exception than to passion. Time is dreaming (Midual Type 1, Ducati 1299 Superleggera, Kawasaki H2R, Ariel ACE R, Brough Superior SS 100, Lotus C-01, Massimo Tamburini T12, etc …) and the Norton wants to bite into it.
M.B – Builder media
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The technical aspect
Norton 1200 V4 RR 2017
- Tank: 18 liters
- Wheelbase: 1,430 mm
- Dry weight: 199 kg
- Train before
- secondary by chain
- Rear axle
(82 x 56.8 mm)
at 12,500 rpm
at 10,000 rpm