2015 Honda RC213V-S Prototype - Main

Honda has finally unleashed its new street-legal MotoGP bike, the Honda RC213V-S following its world debut at last year’s EICMA in Milan. There won’t be many of this around as the Japanese plans to build less than 300 units with a hefty cost of USD$184,000 or €188,000 a unit.

As you might have guessed, the RC213V-S is largely based on the RC213V MotoGP machine, with a 999 cc, 90-degree V4 engine in the belly. Output is tuned differently based on markets; the European and Australian models get 157 hp at 11,000 rpm and 102 Nm at 10,500 rpm while the US spec had to settle with just 101 hp at 8,000 rpm and 90 Nm at 8,000 rpm.

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Model for the home market gets only 69 hp at 6,000 rpm and 87 Nm of torque at 5,000 rpm. All models, except for the US, can be ordered with a “sport kit” that adds a new ECU, modified ram-air tubes and a racing exhaust system while shaving off excess weight, bringing the number from 170 to 165 kg (dry).

Of course, there are several aspects the RC213V-S just can’t inherit from the real MotoGP machine. The street-going version has a coil spring system instead of pneumatic valve, a conventional transmission replacing the seamless type, straighter steering angle and different set of tyres and brakes.

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In other areas, things shared between the two include 17-inch magnesium wheels, Ohlin forks, adjustable foot rest and foot control, rear swingarm as well as the quick-shifting slipper clutch.

Since it can be used on the street, the bike gets all the necessary parts such as head and tail lights, license plate holder with lamps, turn signals, rear view mirrors, speedometer, muffler with a catalyst as well as Honda Smart Key system. The fairings come in the iconic HRC Tricolour or bare carbon fibre finish.




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