Norton, the British motorcycle manufacturer known for making some of the prettiest, heart-tugging bikes on the road, recently confirmed work on an all-new road-going superbike that will feature a 1,200-cc V4 engine developed alongside Sussex-based Ricardo Engineering.
The idea of a V4-powered superbike from Norton was announced last year however it has now finally been confirmed and green lit for production. The bike will feature a tubular aluminum chassis and an all-new engine.
The superbike will be built in Norton’s Donington Hall factory with production limited to 200 units for the first set of limited-edition bikes, with the intention of a cheaper “standard model” run to follow. Deliveries are expected to begin in the middle of 2017, with the bike set to be unveiled at the UK’s NEC Motorcycle Live show in November.
The motorcycle will make roughly 200 horsepower and will be a direct competitor to the Ducati 1299 Panigale, which is powered by a 1,285-cc V-Twin with the possibility of a higher-end model to follow. With a rumored price tag of roughly $30,000, Norton’s bike will be priced above the 1299 Panigale and more similarly to that of the 1299 Panigale S, which starts at $25,495.