Word is spreading like wildfire today about the new Honda RC213V-S, the street-legal MotoGP replica that will be sold as a 2016 model for a cool $184,000.
The RC213V-S, originally unveiled in prototype form at Italy’s EICMA show last November, is based on the RC213V that Marc Marquez rode to the last two MotoGP world championships, and Honda says the new street-legal machine is “closer to a MotoGP bike than any road-going model ever offered to the public.”
A few details: The RC213V-S is built in an exclusive workshop in the Kumamoto factory, and it’s powered by a compact 90-degree 999cc V-4 with titanium connecting rods. Mass is highly centralized, and race-derived features include an under-seat fuel tank and carbon-fiber-reinforced-plastic fairing. Honda says these parts come directly from the MotoGP bike: the swingarm, the slipper clutch, the magnesium Marchesini wheels (17 inch for the RC213V-S), the Öhlins fork, the adjustable footrests and foot controls, plus most of the Brembo brake components. The RC213V-S also has throttle-by-wire, selectable power modes, engine-brake control and traction control, with position-detection technology.