Norton Announces V4 Superbike, Again

08/10/2016 @ 1:50 pm, by Jensen Beeler30 COMMENTS


A year ago, to the day, Norton announced that it was working on a street-going superbike that featured a 200hp, 1,200cc, V4 engine. Now, Norton confirms that news, saying that we will see the limited-production (200 units) machine later this fall. Yay.

On the bright side, Norton posted a concept drawing of the new bike to its Facebook page, giving us at least something new to whet our appetites on the new motorcycle.

The concept looks very similar to the sketch we saw last year, making today’s new a little bit about nothing. But, our friends at MotoFire report that Norton is still working on a 650cc project, which will debut later this year as well.

If the 650cc displacement size sounds a bit strange to you, then your head isn’t swimming in the Isle of Man TT, where Norton has been racing an RSV4-powered superbike the past few years.

At the Isle of Man TT, 650cc sport bikes compete in the Lightweight TT class – a class that is dominated by Kawasaki motorcycles, and primed to see a little bit more competition from OEMs.

Putting two and two together, it would seem obvious that Norton’s 650cc machine will use a parallel-twin engine, and thus be race-legal for the Lightweight TT class.

We can also expect Norton’s superbike to use themes seen on its race bike at the TT, something that the concept sketch suggests as well.

So far we’ve seen a lot of flash from Norton, and not a lot of substance. Hopefully, that won’t be the case with these new bike debuts. We have only a couple more months to wait.

Expect both models to debut at the NEC Motorcycle Live show in the UK, this coming November.

Source: Norton (Facebook)

  • almazing

    I’ll take a side of ‘Busa with my Norton please.

  • Ross Miller

    that 650 sounds VERY interesting! However, since its a norton, it will probably way WAY outside of my price range.

  • Mitchel Durnell

    Love those $12 generic fitment halogens up front on my boutique exotibike.

  • darren636



    Norton!? Are they still in business? I thought they went bankrupt after they bought that fancy castle?

  • paulus

    Mr Garner must need to do something to qualify for some more government funding… all snark aside. Good luck to them if they are making it happen.

  • irksome

    650 thumper or it didn’t happen.

  • Jonn Dol

    Why the extra 200cc capacity for the V4? Why not make it a proper 1,000cc V4 Superbike?

  • Kenny

    Why not? It’s a high end, low volume road bike.
    Aprilia have already gone that direction with the V4 Tuono 1100 which seems to be primarily a bored out RSV4 powerplant with a lower compression ratio.
    I wouldn’t be all that surprised to find out this Norton is heavily based off the RSV4 powerplant.

  • Norton also had grid spots reserved in Moto GP. Well, the company has managed to squeeze out a few bespoke bikes to folks willing to spend for the name. I would imagine that the new Bonneville line would more than satisfy those wanting the experience with a far better machine. I just can’t summon the energy to get interested in Garner’s smoke and mirror show.

  • Andre Capitao Melo


  • Busa McBusa

    Yeah, because every Hayabusa I’ve ever seen has a tiny tail section, single-sided swingarm, slim front fairing and twin headlights… Oh I forgot, all sportbikes look the same. SMH

  • n/a

    F**k that. I want a rotary! …Replica of the NRV588!

  • sburns2421

    Would not be surprised at all if Aprilia actually builds the engine for them to their specification, or at least they share most of the same suppliers. If you think about it, Aprilia has invested heavily in the manufacturing and design, while Norton as a tiny manufacturer would probably be biting off far more than it could chew with both the V4 and 650cc development programs.

  • paulus

    There is a private engineer/company making them…. unfortunately, can not recall the name

  • coreyvwc

    So the engine will be made by Aprilia, the chassis will be made by Spondon, and all the components will come from high end aftermarket manufacturers.
    It’s cool, but what actually makes it a Norton? Stickers?

  • n/a


  • To clarify, the engine is made by Ricardo Engineering, and nothing you’re saying here can’t also be said of any other European motorcycle.

  • Ricardo Engineering is building the engine. It’s a completely different design from the RSV4 unit they’ve been testing with.

  • I want the NRV588 too.

  • sburns2421

    thanks for the info.

  • It could be a number of reasons, though my inkling is that they need the extra 200cc to hit performance targets.

  • That’s the one.

  • SKD007

    They need that extra 200cc to get 200hp in a safe Manner unlike Kawasaki who is least bothered about it.

  • coreyvwc

    Ahh ok, that makes it a little more interesting then. I’ve never heard of Ricardo engineering, what kind of other projects have they been involved in?

  • I believe they worked on the McLaren P1, but don’t quote me on it. They did the six-cylinder engine that’s in the BMW K1600 series, some work on other BMW K bikes, and been a part of a few high-level racing projects, mostly making gearboxes.

  • n/a

    Spondon have been closed down for a few years.

  • Spurdog1

    Its a very expensive apprentice scheme for the Government. At least this is still a British company, in England, making stuff. That makes it pretty rare these days. Would be nice to see a lightweight Norton. I think the new Commandos are the best looking bike made at the moment. I saw a Domiracer the other day… gorgeous.

  • appliance5000

    My guess is the the 650 will be half a V4..

  • Alam Rahman

    The bike looks great apart from he nose cowl and lights… a little suzukI and a little bit of yamaha r1 bug eyes and you have this…

    Pretty ugly front but I like he rest.