Norton Unveiled Plans For A 200HP, 1200cc, V4-Powered Superbike.

1norton2nortonIt’s a big surprise in the motorcycle industry. Norton is contemplating manufacturing a V4-powered superbike to compete with the Ducati 1299 Panigale and the Superleggera IS. Norton’s Head of Design, Simon Skinner says that “It has been something we’ve wanted to do as a brand since 2009. When I first started with Norton we had very early discussions talking about V4 and the type of bikes we wanted to do. But we had to get the business right first.” (the Norton company was re-launched in 2008)

The 1200 cc fuel-injected, liquid-cooled V4 powerplant will deliver 200+ hp and will incorporate a MotoGP-derived engineering solutions. Ricardo Motorcycles is in charge of developing the motor. Frame will use aerospace aluminum welded and polished at the Norton plant, with body and wheels made out of carbon fiber. Projected specifications after the jump.

– 1200cc 72 degree V4 – 200+bhp but focus on drivability, character and design quality
– Full carbon body work
– Aluminium fabricated main frame made from aerospace aluminium
– Carbon wheels
– Single sided swingarm, either carbon or billet
– LED headlamps
– GP spec electronics with full colour dash, traction control and ABS
– Hand polished billet yokes
– Underseat fuel tank and GP style bike packaging
– Top line running gear, Ohlins gas forks and TTX rear shock
– Under slung silencer with titanium headers
– Brembo mono-block brakes

26 Responses to “Norton Unveiled Plans For A 200HP, 1200cc, V4-Powered Superbike.”

  1. 1 TJ Martin Aug 12th, 2015 at 8:24 am

    The problem with the ‘ new ‘ Norton is all one seems to read and see is a whole lot of plans with very little if any action to back them up . Norton vying with P-V-I for the ” Empty Promises ” award of 2015 . All bets are Norton won’t last the decade .. if even that

  2. 2 BobS Aug 12th, 2015 at 9:31 am

    Empty promises? That’s a joke. Very cool concept.

  3. 3 cafesportytc Aug 12th, 2015 at 10:07 am

    awesome… we could use more choice in the sportbike realm… of course when it comes I wont be able to afford it , but someone will. 🙂

  4. 4 Tom Ryan Aug 12th, 2015 at 10:35 am

    Damn, that’s a nice looking concept bike! Hope they can build it. Using this same motor I’m also wondering how a naked concept bike would look like to compete against the Ducati Diavel etc.

  5. 5 James just another Crazy Kiwi Aug 12th, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    Norton racing again would be amazing.

    TJ is you ever come up with something positive then contribute, otherwise if it is negative do not

    Bye TJ

    Roooll another one …..just like the oootheer one

  6. 6 Necron99 Aug 12th, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    Wow! Take that Triumph, BMW and KTM.

  7. 7 Rodent Aug 12th, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    I have a feeling that NORTON has died, R.I.P. Too bad, will be missed.

  8. 8 P. Hamilton Aug 12th, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    Long time readers remember that Rodent bet that Polaris would not be able to relaunch Indian. Would not manufacture even 1 model. He, he. Rodent’s predictions are always wrong.

  9. 9 highrpm Aug 12th, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    pretty bike. hope norton succeeds with it. what’s with the exhaust pipe collectors facing forwards?

  10. 10 nicker Aug 12th, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    Nice looking scooter.
    Rather then try and produce another “World Beater”…. wouldn’t it be nice if they produced an updated vertical twin that had all the charm of the classics without the tempreamentality.

    Looks to me like Enfield may have (almost?) found that “Sweet Spot”…. Triumph certainly did with their “New/Old” twin. Why not Norton….???


  11. 11 Tom Ryan Aug 12th, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    nicker, if you check the Norton site from the U.K. you’ll find a real nice café racer style of bike that you are talking about. It’s called the Norton Dominator SS.

  12. 12 Necron99 Aug 13th, 2015 at 1:21 am

    Nicker, um Norton has been building the bike you described for some time.
    Really people…..

  13. 13 Sportster Mike Aug 13th, 2015 at 2:29 am

    Why all this negativity about Norton? Yes, initially a long weight for the new Commandos here in England and probably worse abroad, but plenty of them about as summer toys

    They have just set up a Norton Motorcycle Training Academy with loads of Government money, cad cam 3d printing, design etc and have the money for a load of apprentices

    Can’t wait for this and the new 650cc twin/V Twin? etc as well

    Me? I’d love a 650 single Supermoto/Adventure style bike….Dominator????

  14. 14 Rodent Aug 13th, 2015 at 8:24 am

    Since the latest resurrection of the latest Norton how many bikes have been produced and sold? I saw a stunning preproduction model at a IMS show a few years ago and wonder if they were actual sold at dealerships.

  15. 15 Reyn Mansson Aug 13th, 2015 at 10:47 am

    They did sell, I know 2 owners here in the Dallas area.
    Sport bikes are sort of soft in sales right now.
    I say more brands & choices are always better.
    The last thing this planet needs is another cruiser.

  16. 16 Necron99 Aug 13th, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    I don’t get the negativity either. Maybe people feel threatened?
    Triumph relaunch wasn’t big either. It took until the Bonnie was released over a decade after the first liquid cooled modular bikes for Triumph to really find its stride and once again become mainstream. As a person who had a Hinckley prior to the Bonnie, I experienced first hand the shock and intrigue that I had a “new” Triumph.
    Don’t forget Triumph had deeper pockets and wasn’t as far gone as Norton too.

    ENOUGH WITH THE NORTON BASHING!!!! Still 3rd most winning brand at the IoM TT

  17. 17 Rodent Aug 13th, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    Today I saw a Norton Commado 961SE labeled 12 of 50 which I guess was the ones imported into USA . Absolutely a great looking Norton. Brought back memories of my Norton Dunstall days. One thing it was lacking, a Zenor Diode. RIP Joe Lucas!

  18. 18 Doug Aug 13th, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    There wouldn’t be so much pessimism if Norton’s recent history wasn’t so bad. Triumph’s resurrection was way better (did he use so much grant money & jump right into a very expensive sounding sport bike? Hell no)

    I’m all for something like this but the business model isn’t there unless they offer a more affordable base model that would compete with the other V4 sport bike – the Aprilia RSV.

    There may not be many sportbike options for the cruiser readers on this site, but you’d be surprised how many are available. Big 4 from Japan, Ducati, Triumph, KTM, BMW… That’s 8, not counting EBR

    Indians resurrection under Polaris is way different than Nortons current attempt. Polaris has their own cash

  19. 19 Doug Aug 13th, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    Forgot to mention Aprilia in the count…that makes 9 brands to choose from on the market right now.

    Triumph – bring back the liter sportbike already

  20. 20 U think U know me Aug 16th, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    TJ Martin is un-phased by our requests to stop posting, unfortunately. His negative comments on nearly every subject posted is so old. He’s the smartest man on here, just ask him. Sad thing is, he doesn’t even ride.

  21. 21 The Vintagent Aug 17th, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Motorcycle manufacturing must be the toughest market to succeed, just ask the hundreds of dead brands littering the highways, or more recently, the troubles with MV/Benelli/Buell etc etc. I wish Norton luck. The factories which have succeeded have had very very deep pockets, like Polaris and John Bloor – who by the way took NO loans or gov’t subsidies to revive Triumph, it was all private money, his own. He waited 11 years to turn a profit!

  22. 22 TJ Martin Aug 17th, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    U think you know me son ? You don’t have a clue little man . None what so ever

  23. 23 Bfree Aug 17th, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    Just one question…. TJ Martin…Do you own & ride a motorcycle ?

  24. 24 Capt. Al Aug 21st, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Launched in 2009 Norton, where? I have never seen anything except Cartoon Photo’s of The New Norton.

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