Norton has debuted its re-engineered flagship superbike, the V4SV. Few bike manufacturers have a more turbulent yet storied history than Norton. Norton has seen its difficulties, from dominating the Isle of Man TT races to going bankrupt owing to poor management.
The first thing that strikes you about the V4SV is its stunning and expressive design. It features an exposed hand TIG-welded aluminium frame, a complete carbon fibre body, and an under-braced billet aluminium single-sided swing-arm. The V4SV has a 1200cc V4 engine with titanium valves that produce 187.5 horsepower at 12,500rpm and 125 Nm of torque at 9,000rpm. Ohlins provides suspension at both ends, with a NIX 30 front fork and a TTXGP rear mono-shock.
They have outfitted the V4SV with a full Brembo braking system, including a radial master cylinder at the front connected to twin monobloc callipers clamping down on 330mm rotors and a 245mm disc paired to a single-piston calliper at the back. A 6-axis IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) aids braking and enables lean-sensitive traction control, cornering ABS, and three engine modes: wet, road, and sport.
The eye-watering £44,000 asking price is perhaps the most interesting aspect of this bike. The Norton is so expensive that it costs more than the Panigale V4 SP2's massive £35,000 price tag. TVS offers the V4SV in two variants; Manx Silver and Carbon.
Despite being owned by TVS, Norton does not currently have a presence in India, so you're unlikely to see this bike on our roads anytime soon. It was previously brought to India as part of the now-defunct MotoRoyale Group, alongside other exclusive brands such as MV Agusta, SWM, and FB Mondial.