2010 Honda V4 Spy Shots Revealed
Exciting 2010 Honda V4 pictures released via the web
Photography by Brenda Priddy and Company
At first glance it would look as though Honda have taken styling pointers from a number of recent bikes from other manufacturers like BMW, Aprilia and Kawasaki.
These particular shots show that Honda seem to be placing the first version of the V4 into the sports tourer bracket with maybe a new Fireblade replacement to follow, but seeing as the manufacturer is playing its cards close to its chest, we can only speculate on this for now.
Article on Sportrider.com:
Yes, you’ve most likely seen the news circulating in Europe about some official Honda photos of the much-speculated V5-powered replacement for the VFR coming in 2010, but these are actual shots of what is surely the U.S. version prototype undergoing field testing.
Needless to say, the Honda personnel weren’t too happy about the bike being spotted, and they hurriedly covered it and rolled it up into a waiting box truck.
The new bike is said to be a sport-touring mount powered by a V4 engine with displacement around 1200cc. It is claimed to have variable cylinder technology, allowing it to “turn off” two cylinders (presumably the rear bank) while cruising in order to save fuel. European publications are claiming that the engine will have power “approaching 200 horsepower”, but considering Honda’s corporate philosophy and the intended market, we seriously doubt it.
Obvious in the photos is the shaft drive/single-sided swingarm combination, along with what looks to be a 6.00-inch-wide rear wheel.
The bodywork looks to have a slightly unorthodox headlight up front, with the fairing having a stepped channel running up the side presumably to help with radiator heat evacuation and keep engine heat off the rider. The exhaust canister also has some unique styling, with dual exits coming out of the cone-shaped exhaust. The aluminum perimeter frame obviously looks pretty beefy as well.
We’ll be posting more information as it becomes available. Stay tuned.