Honda RCV 213v-S unveiled

Honda RCV 213V-S was revealed at the Circuit de Catalunya. We crunch the numbers.

Words: Aatish Mishra

Dream of ripping up a track on your own MotoGP bike? Well, Honda has now developed a street legal version of their ballistic RC213V MotoGP bike. It’s the bike that won MotoGP for two successive seasons with Marc Marquez on the saddle.

Christened the Honda RC213V-S, the street legal crotch rocket
will be powered by 999cc ninety degree V4 engine, which churns out a modest-by-racebike-standards 156bhp @ 11000rpm. This power configuration is only for European and Australian markets. In American markets, due to stringent emission regulations, the power has been stripped down to only 101bhp. nevertheless Honda is providing an optional Sports kit for non-American markets that bump up the power to a looney 212bhp @ 13000rpm.

The bike is the closest you will get to an actual MotoGP machine with bare minimum changes to make it street-legal. While this adds weight to a portly 170kg, the sport kit strips it down to 160kg. Rather than going all out and replicating the power of the RC213V, Honda focussed on recreating the entire experience of a MotoGP
bike. They claim to have made
the minimum amount of changes necessary to make their MotoGP bike street-legal.

For serviceability, the pneumatic valve system was changed to a spring system and the seamless transmission on the RC213V has been switched out with a conventional box. The engine crankcase uses aluminium instead of magnesium while the pistons are beefed up for longetivity.

It will be hand-made by the same people who build Marc Marquez’s MotoGP monster. With an asking price of a staggering `1.17 crores, this racebike-for-the- road will only make it to the hands of the super rich though HRC says they wont be making a tidy profit on the RCV 213V-S as it incorporates bespoke components like Ohlins gas- pressurised front forks and
rear shock, pressed and welded aluminium frame and swingarm, Brembo monoblock callipers and a titanium exhaust system.

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