Today we get another look at Norton’s 650cc project, now named the Norton Atlas. We have already seen concept sketches for this British scrambler, and now Norton is showing us some engineering renders. This is because the physical machine should debut later this year, at the NEC bike show in November.
Details are still vague and light, but we do know that the 650cc parallel-twin engine will piggyback off the work done for Norton’s V4 superbike. Essentially the using the V4 engine with its rear cylinders lopped off, the parallel-twin engine shares the same head, pistons, valves, etc as the V4 bike.
Several flavors of the Atlas are expected to come to market, with 70hp and 100hp naturally aspirated versions already planned, as well as a supercharged version that is said to clear 175hp.
Set to be a more affordable option to the Norton V4 Superbike, the Norton Atlas certainly looks attractive. Although, we have yet to see anything actually in the flesh, which is always a little troubling.
Hopefully, Norton delivers the goods later this year, because we certainly are intrigued by this middleweight road bike. How does it look to your eyes thus far?
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