Honda gave the world a glimpse at its premium, GP-derived and street-legal RC213V-S during the EICMA show last November. At that point it was billed as a “road-going prototype” and audiences were left without much in terms of specifics, primarily when the premium sportbike would go from prototype to production. The answer is now at hand following an announcement from Honda early this morning which confirms that the RC213V-S will be “sold as a premium 2016 model, with a limited number set to be made available to U.S. customers.” Those customers will need to be ready to part with $184,000 in order to procure one of these motorcycles.
Customers interested in purchasing an RC213V-S must go to www.RC213V-S.com to submit an application beginning at 3:00 pm PST on July 12, 2015. The application will get the potential buyer a consultation with Honda and “does not guarantee purchase of the RC213V-S,” according to the above mentioned website. “Following the consultation, the order will only be officially confirmed after the designated procedures have been completed.”
For those that successfully complete the “designated procedures,” a machine developed with close collaboration between Honda’s R&D and HRC awaits.
“Ever since the modern four-stroke era of MotoGP began, fans have demanded a road-going version of Honda’s legendary RCV,” said Lee Edmunds, Manager of Motorcycle Marketing Communications at American Honda. “With Honda’s dominance in recent years, that call has become unrelenting, so we’re excited to announce the RC213V-S. This motorcycle reflects the same attention to detail and precision in assembly found in the factory machine. It’s an amazing bike that is sure to be a hit with a select group of U.S. customers.”
Each motorcycle will be manufactured in an “exclusive workshop in the Kumamoto factory” with top-spec materials throughout.
Power will come from a 999cc 90-degree V-4 with titanium connecting rods and a sand-case aluminum crankcase. Engineers have endeavored to centralize mass as much as possible and the RC213V-S will feature an under-the-seat fuel tank and the plastic fairing is reinforced with carbon fiber. Parts which were directly taken from Honda’s race bike include the swingarm, slipper clutch, magnesium Marchesini wheels (17-inch), Ohlins fork and adjustable footrest and foot controls along with Brembo braking components. On the electronic side, the RC213V-S features selectable power modes, engine-brake control, traction control and position-detection technology which the company developed through its ASIMO project.
The limited-production RC213V-S will be available in HRC Tricolor of Carbon Fiber colorways. See below for additional bike specs.
2016 Honda RC213V-S (U.S. Model)
Engine: 999cc Liquid-cooled, four-stroke four-valve DOHC V4
Bore x Stroke: 81 x 48.5mm
Fueling: PGM-DSFI electronic fuel injection with 48mm throttle bodies
Clutch: Dry, multiplate with coil spring
Transmission: 6-speed, constant mesh
Front Suspension: Telescopic gas-charged Ohlins TTX25 with spring preload, compression and rebound damping adjustment
Rear Suspension: Pro-Link with gas-charged Ohlins TTX36 shock, spring preload, compression and rebound damping adjustment
Front Brake: 320mm Yutaka discs, four-piston Brembo calipers
Rear Brake: 220mm Yutaka disc, two-piston Brembo caliper
Front Wheel: 7-spoke forged magnesium Marchesini
Rear Wheel: 7-spoke forged magnesium Marchesini
Front Tire: 120/70 ZR17 Bridgestone RS10
Rear Tire: 190/55 ZR17 Bridgestone RS10
Seat Height: 32.7 inches
Wheelbase: 57.7 inches
Curb Weight (claimed): 418 pounds
- Each Honda RC213V-S will be manufactured in an “exclusive workshop in the Kumamoto factory” with top-spec materials throughout.
- Customers interested in purchasing an RC213V-S must go to www.RC213V-S.com to submit an application beginning at 3:00 pm PST on July 12, 2015.
- The 2016 Honda RC213V-S is powered by V-Four based off Honda's MotoGP racebike.
- Honda will offer the MotoGP-based RC213V-S as a 2016 production model.