Here It Is, The Norton V4 RR Superbike

11/16/2016 @ 12:20 pm, by Jensen Beeler33 COMMENTS


It has been a long time coming for the Norton V4 RR, but the British firm has finally debuted its 1,200cc, 72° V4-powered, 200hp superbike. The actual machine looks pretty close to its concept sketches, which in turn are based closely to Norton’s TT race bike.

Norton has made a pretty stout machine, with the V4 RR coming with a robust electronics package that was developed in-house, which includes traction control, wheelie control, launch control, and cruise control, augmented by a six-axis inertial measurement unit (IMU); a 7″ high-definition display that includes a rear-facing camera; and a up-and-down quickshifter and datalogger.

Key chassis components include the twin-tube “shotgun” frame, and a single-sided swingarm with a fully adjustable pivot point (the steering head angle is also adjustable). The fairings, no matter which finish you choose them in (mirrored chrome fairings are available as an option), are made from carbon fiber.

Suspension is handled by Öhlins NIX30 forks and an Öhlins TTXGP rear shock. That being said, the Norton V4 RR is a bit on the heavier side, with the Brits claiming a dry weight of 394 lbs.

To own the Norton V4 RR you will need £28,000 of sterling in your pocket, and only 250 units will be made. The 200 units of the higher-spec “SS” model have supposedly already sold out, despite their £44,000 price tag.

In the end, Norton has tried to make as much of the V4 RR project in-house, and the result looks quite impressive visually. What remains to be seen now is how the British brand’s superbike rides, and how it stacks up to the competition.

It’s hard to ignore the fact that Norton picked a larger displacement for its four-cylinder engine, compared to the relevant competition, likely to hit the 200hp figure with suitable reliability. So there is that perception to overcome, at the onset.

We imagine this matters not to those who would buy the Norton V4 RR though, as sporting regulation mean little when you are playing in halo bike territory when it comes to price.

To that end, the V4 RR is dripping in cool, with its mirrored finished and polished metal bits, which would make it look good in any garage. That’s an easier argument to sell down the river, in our opinion.




32036_Norton V4 RR brochure 20p v4.indd



Source: Norton

  • Paul M. Fenn

    I want to hurt it.

  • I’m not sure how to respond to that…

  • Paul M. Fenn

    A simple “Me too” would suffice.

  • RD350

    beautiful bike …

  • Rob Evans

    So norton made their own engine from scratch? No way…

  • Hot_Lunch

    It is an impressive achievement from such a small company. Glad to see that they are moving the units. The price tag, while out of my bracket, isn’t unreasonable.

  • Tyler Hammond

    does it come in black?

  • Tyler Hammond

    cant wait to hear it

  • Tyler Hammond

    I know it does, i was making reference to the batman movie

  • madchilli

    Will it fall apart?

  • motoschmoto

    Gorgeous bike

  • Jonn Dol

    The Norton V4 engine was jointly developed with Ricardo Engineering, the same firm behind Mclaren road cars’ V8 engines. Would be great if there is a cheaper & proper 1000cc version..

  • Fidel Cash-Flow

    why does it look so sad?

  • imprezive

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks that. I was starting to think I was going crazy.

  • MikeD

    Nah, you can keep it, looks pretty Meh and half baked to me………..i think i’m getting old and crabby before my time. Almost nothing called to me this year, even at Intermot and/or EICMA. ( -_-)’

  • n/a

    Calipers lockwired from the factory?

  • m1keypies

    I saw the bike in the flesh at the launch on Monday evening.

    It is truly breathtaking, anyone going to the NEC show will be amazed

  • Travis Zilch

    I want to hate on it…but…I can’t…

  • Will the fact that it has more chrome than a Harley barge help?

  • Ayabe

    I want to touch that seat…badly.

  • BBQdog

    I thought they used an Aprilia engine ??

  • Only as a stand-in for development.

  • From the side it sure looks a lot like the RSV 4 engine. Its surely not the worst engine to use, but I wish Norton just be honest and say it like it is, instead this feels like more like a scam.

  • Blackbird

    The carbon fiber one is gorgeous….. The chrome not so much

  • MM

    So is there a massive collector box hiding behind the fairing for that (very cheap looking considering the price of the bike) pipe to attach to? For a supposed road bike that looks loud.

  • To replace the mirrors.

  • Gary

    Lust worthy. I’d say they nailed it.

  • mackja

    Beautiful well proportioned machine, it should run just a good as it looks, Aprilia V4 is an amazing engine. Bravo Norton!

  • MrDefo

    I keep looking at the silvery shiny version and I have a feeling in my guts that I should hate it, but slowly I grow to appreciate the aesthetic choice. I think I’ve hit on the reason – coming into motorcycling in the early 2000s, I was trained by online motorcycle publications to hate chrome, as it was a symbol used by those hated cruiser riders. Old habits die hard, as they say.

  • Mitchel Durnell

    That’s what I wondered to, how can this thing be Euro4 compliant.

  • is anyone else tired of niche market, small batch companies making overpriced rolling art? While it would be nice to see a revival of the Norton name ala Indian, this doesn’t do it for me.

  • jon Velde

    A. “…likely to hit the 200hp figure with suitable reliability. So there is that perception to overcome, at the onset.” -What did the author mean to say, here?

    B. “Norton has tried to make as much of the V4 RR project in-house,” -Think maybe you left out ‘as possible’. (?)

    B. The phrase “sell down the river” actually means to betray. So your use of it in this piece to indicate sale-ability,a positive thing, is almost exactly wrong.

    Great pictures, though!

  • Ian Miles

    If the quality is there then that is a fine home for a V4.