from https://www.coventrytelegraph.net/ by Enda Mullen
The V4CR, a derivative of the company’s V4SV superbike, will go on show at Motorcycle Live
Legendary manufacturer Norton Motorcycles has revealed a prototype of a new motorcycle. The V4CR, is a Café Racer derivative of the company’s V4SV superbike.
It is the first prototype to be designed, engineered and built at the company’s recently opened global headquarters in Solihull.
It shares the same engineering DNA as the superbike, including its 185bhp 1200cc V4 engine as well as some engineering advancements.
Norton said the new V4CR’s stripped-back appearance showcases the craftsmanship and quality behind one of the most powerful British café racers out there.
Fitted with a carbon fibre fuel tank and body panels, polished billet aluminium swingarm and frame, the V4CR also features compact framework and a shorter rear frame for an aggressive and commanding stance.
Norton Motorcycles’ CEO Dr Robert Hentschel said: “The prototype VC4R is the next step in Norton’s strategic growth plan on its journey to becoming the world-leader in luxury hand-crafted motorcycles.”
The V4CR prototype is Norton’s latest project to use the marque’s refined V4 platform, revised over the last 16 months by a team of 30 engineers and subject to tens of thousands of road and track miles, as part of Norton’s development process.
The V4CR reintroduces fans to Norton’s iconic café racer heritage.
Norton’s V4CR prototype will make its public debut at Motorcycle Live, taking place at the NEC in Solihull from December 4-12.
Norton formally opened its Solihull headquarters in November this year.
The motorcycle maker has a long and illustrious history, though fell on hard times before being revived.
It became one of the most iconic British motorcycle brands, manufacturing famous models such as the 650SS, Atlas, Commando, Dominator, Manx, Navigator and many more.
It gained a reputation as an innovator in motorcycle technology, with features combining lightness and strength in motorcycle racing.
Norton Motorcycles has a rich history in motorsport and the brand name is synonymous with the famous Isle of Man TT.
The new headquarters in Solar Park, Shirley, is home to design, engineering, purchasing, sales, marketing, and support teams – as well as the skilled production team that is resuming the manufacture of motorcycles.
Norton Motorcycles’ revival and relocation from Castle Donington comes after it was acquired by TVS Motor Company, India’s third-largest motorcycle manufacturer in April 2020.