Norton Has A 200HP V4 Superbike On The Way

This isn't your father's Norton

Norton Superbike
Norton's rendering for the soon-to-be-unveiled new superbike.Courtesy of Norton

While most of us think of Norton Motorcycles as that brand that makes the other British retro bikes, they see their future as something slightly...different. Something different, and something much faster.

That's right boys and girls, one year after announcing it, Norton seems to finally have a superbike on the way, and they're actually in a nice position to do quite a fine job. But, to those Isle Of Man TT fans, this actually isn't anything new.

Norton have been participating in the TT since 2009, and brought an all-new bike to the series in 2012 that was built around the Aprilia RSV4 powerplant. This past year, Dave Johnson came in seventh aboard the Norton, with an average speed of 131mph in the Senior TT.

Now, a year after getting a £4 million grant from the British government, it seems they're about ready to unveil something the equivalent of a two-wheeled Aston Martin.

Norton's head of design, Simon Skinner, told BikeSocial the bike would be in line with the rest of the high-end motorsports products from the country:

“The UK turns out some fantastic design and engineering projects at the moment. The Mclaren P1, Aston 177, and of course all F1 cars are right up there so the design quality is paramount. At the minute we need to think Ducati, think Ferrari, think Norton, think Aston Martin... If you imagine your R1 is your Nissan GT-R and the bloke gets his brochure and turns to the back page to look at the spec list, the bloke who buys the Aston just sits there looking at the cover and thinks ‘f**k me, what a beautiful car’."

Norton is aiming at high with this one, and says its base model will be meant to compete with the Ducati 1299 Panigale, with the possibility of a higher-end model to follow. The initial run is limited, with only 200 models being produced, with the intention of a cheaper "standard model" run to follow.

Norton's new superbike will feature a 200 hp, V4 engine developed alongside Sussex-based Ricardo Engineering. Unlike the TT race bike, the renderings for this new superbike show a single sided swingarm. There are also rumors of a rear view camera, which would presumably replace the need for mirrors, and a premium level electronics package with semi-active suspension. The bike should be unveiled at the NEC Motorcycle Live show this November in the UK.

They also have a 650 cc twin in the works, which is also set to debut later this year. The 650 also ties back to Norton's TT roots, as it's the engine capacity motorcycles are limited to in the lightweight class.