We thought that the 600 SuperSport market was on the way out, spinning its last dreams with the R6 and F3 675. Then the perfume ZX6-R 636 returned … The CBR 650 became more racy … Aprilia thinks about the future with the RS 660 concept … It seems that mid-capacity sports cars are not so squeezed out; the category evolves, gradually forgetting the competition.
This does not mean that it abandons the sport, even strong as the Norton 650 Superlight proves. The English manufacturer offers a little sister to its 1200 V4 RR, and the young lady has a lot to say.
As for performance and techniques, there is something to drool over. Too bad the Superlight does not benefit from a more personal visual, just to affirm its differences. The design will still please everyone, almost a copy and paste of that of the V4. Beautiful English curves, a rebellious look, a single-sided arm and an all-carbon casing – the eye-pleasing effect works in full force.
This is only a prelude. This Superlight is a real little terror, worthy of Norton’s sporting imprint.
Just by its engine. A 650 cm3 parallel twin, released on the Atlas Nomad and Ranger. Simply put, the manufacturer has cut its 4-cylinder in half to make a compact, spirited, and surprising engine. On the scramblers, it already leaves a surprising 84 horses. In the sports car, he deposits. An increased compression ratio, applied engine work, and power climbs to 105 horsepower once reached 12,500 rpm. Exceptional! With the same engine architecture, a Ninja 650 spits out 68 horsepower; a 790 Duke needs 790 cc to deliver the same vapor. The couple also made a good impression, with 7.7 mkg.
The English twin will more than dominate the debates. He looks exhilarating with exaltation.
Encapsulated in a tubular steel frame, the mechanics can count on many quality peripherals to transform their verve into efficiency on the road; and on the track. The beauty will be there like a connecting rod in 100% synthesis. Norton offers only the beautiful, the top, the desirable in terms of components. The 43mm inverted fork comes from Öhlins, a NIX 30 working together with a TTXGP monoshock also Swedish. High-end elements adjustable from anywhere. The brakes are worthy of a big hypersport with its Brembo M50 4-piston calipers and 330mm discs. Excessive for a wheel weighing only 158 kilos dry. The Superlight will dig furrows in front of it before overcoming the braking capacities. The rear has a 245mm disc with a 2-piston caliper.
In addition to its featherweight, the English should be formidable in liveliness with a wheelbase under 1400 mm, a column angle of 24.2 ° and BST carbon rims. For those who like to refine the chassis, the pivot point of the swingarm and the angle of the steering column are adjustable.
Like any modern sports car, the Superlight is heavily loaded with electronics. We installed a beautiful 7-inch TFT dashboard, a shifter, three driving modes (Road – Sport – Pro Race), a 6-axis IMU inertial unit, traction control, anti-wheeling, an assistant assisted departure, ABS and LED lights.
A damn nice toy, coupled with a tool, offered by Norton. With a noble objective: to line up and win in the Tourist Trophy, in the Supertwin category where the Paton S1-R stands out. At a price worthy of its coat of arms and its equipment. To take possession of it, it will take 19,950 pounds, or about 22,500 euros. Add the series of mandatory taxes and the Superlight will scratch your bank account over several years. Or a little more if you’re tempted by the optional exhaust – full of titanium, recalibrated mapping, 6 pounds less and 6 more horsepower.
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The technical aspect
Norton Superlight 650 2019
- Tank: 18 liters
- Wheelbase: 1399 mm
- Dry weight: 158 kg
- Train before
- secondary by chain
- Rear axle
(82 x 61.5 mm)
at 12,500 rpm
- 7.70 mkg