Inspired by Norton’s 100 years of racing prowess and success at the Isle of Man TT, the new V4SV is finally here – and it will be the only British designed and built superbike in production.
Priced at £44,000, the Norton V4SV will be built at Norton’s recently opened multi-million-pound factory in Solihull, Birmingham. But interestingly (and admirably), Norton is prioritising the deposit orders placed before TVS acquired the company in April 2020 (which currently remain unfulfilled as a result of mismanagement by the previous owner).
The Manx Silver option is finished in striking silver bodywork with red and carbon pinstripes, a black front number board and red OZ Racing forged aluminium wheels – whereas the V4SV Carbon option features exposed carbon fibre bodywork finish and carbon fibre BST wheels.
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Both Norton V4SV colour options feature carbon fibre fuel tank and bodywork; a TIG-welded aluminium tube frame handcrafted and polished to a mirror finish; and a Union Jack on the tail of the motorcycle. The frame is actually built from aerospace-graded aluminium, which was designed and developed at the world’s most rigorous race track – the Isle of Man TT.
Elsewhere, each model is powered by Norton’s own liquid-cooled 1200cc, 72-degree V4 engine, which is optimised to produce 185bhp at 12,500rpm and 125Nm of torque at 9,000rpm.
There’s also a full quick shift and auto blipper system; adjustable front and rear suspension; Brembo disc brakes; sophisticated lean-angle sensitive traction-control; and three engine modes (wet, road and sport).
As standard, the Norton V4SV also comes fitted with LED lighting for low beam, high beam, indicators and tail light, alongside a keyless ignition system, a full-colour six-inch TFT display (which includes rear view camera functionality) and an under-seat carbon fibre 15-litre fuel tank.
Speaking about the bike, Dr. Robert Hentschel, CEO of Norton Motorcycles, said: “Over the last 18 months we have worked tirelessly putting this machine through our new world-class facilities in Solihull to proudly deliver on our promise to Norton owners. Thanks to TVS investing £100 million in Norton, and us subsequently investing wisely in our engineering processes and brand-new manufacturing base, we have ensured barely a part hasn’t been improved on from the bike we inherited.
“The V4SV is unlike anything on the market today, by design, but it’s everything you expect in a bike built by unapproachable Norton. Short gearing and engaging power make this a perfect bike for the road. This is the ultimate British superbike that will challenge and excite riders from the moment they get on the bike to the moment they get off. It is undoubtedly a beautiful piece of art. We are incredibly proud of what we have produced given the challenges we have faced getting it to the start line. Importantly, this new Norton V4SV marks just the first step on our exciting vision for the brand.”