The TVS-owned Norton reengineered the V4SV, another of its motorbikes, and launched a new-generation Norton Commando 961 last year. But the newly launched V4CR is the first brand-new motorcycle produced under the new management. Dr. Robert Hentschel, the CEO of Norton Motorcycles, said that the company's engineering and design teams have been meticulous in their approach, and this bike is the culmination of all the learnings and investments over the last three years. The V4CR is a taste of Norton's future.
Before I go into more detail regarding this two-wheeler, you'll probably want to know about pricing. Norton Motorcycles will manufacture only 200 units of the bike at the company's Solihull headquarters, each priced at £41,999 ($51,850 or €48,320). Let's see what you'll get for this hefty price tag.
As Norton describes, the V4CR is essentially "the rebellious younger sibling of the V4SV." The Norton DNA is observable at first glance, as the motorbike features the signature hourglass silhouette, flowing lines, and an angled engine. It measures a wheelbase of 1,435 millimeters (56 inches) and has a curb weight of 204 kg (450 lbs.).
At the front, you'll notice exposed air intakes combined with a short body and compact tail unit, giving the bike an overall aggressive stance. Furthermore, the V4CR is fitted with stripped-back carbon fiber fairing, as well as a titanium exhaust system.
The V4CR boasts the exquisite engineering of the V4SV – that means that the bike will deliver the same excellent handling and pinpoint power delivery. Norton's own liquid-cooled 1,200cc, 72-degree V4 engine is at the core of the bike, enhanced to produce an impressive 185 hp at 12,000 rpm and 125 Nm (92 lb-ft.) of torque at 9,000 rpm. The sound of the engine will echo through your surroundings via the handmade exhaust system.
The engine is fed by a 15-liter (4-gallon) fuel tank located under the seat – it's reinforced with Kevlar and surrounded by carbon fiber body panels. Moreover, the bike is equipped with a quick shifter and auto blipper system, enhancing the riding experience.
Regarding electronics, customers will find plenty of modern components that make the riding experience more comfortable, pleasurable, and, most of all, safer. As standard, the V4CR sports a traditional single round headlamp fitted with an LED unit and a keyless ignition system with an electronic steering lock.
There's also a full-color 6-inch display with auto brightness adjustment – that's what riders can use to select their preferred engine mode: Wet, Road, or Sport. Lastly, there are various electronic aids linked to each engine mode, such as lean-angle sensitive traction control that uses six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), front and rear ABS, and Wheelie Control.
The V4CR is available in two versions: Carbon or Manx Platinum, each with a slightly different aesthetic. The Carbon variant features exposed carbon fiber bodywork, complemented by a black seat and carbon fiber BST wheels. The V4CR equipped with the Manx Platinum option boasts a platinum-colored bodywork with carbon panels, an orange seat, and forged aluminum OZ racing wheels.
This isn't your ordinary café racer, but more like one on steroids. Even though you must empty out a large amount of your bank account for the Norton V3CR, it's clear that the company didn't skip any steps in designing and manufacturing the motorbike, fitting it with adequate components to achieve excellent performance. Given the low production figures, you won't see many of these on the streets.