We knew something was in the works when Honda
unveiled its V-Four concept
at the 2008 INTERMOT show in the Cologne, Germany. Now internet spy shots seem to confirm the future production Honda VFR1200.
The new Honda VFR1200 doesn't look quite the same as the INTERMOT V-Four concept (above), although the fairing and headlight shapes are clearly derived from the concept bike.
While not as radical as the INTERMOT “concept” the fully-faired Honda sportbike
retains some styling traits – the most notable being fairing and headlight shape. The new VFR seems to feature a more upright riding position than the aggressive superbike stance of its CBR kin – at least based on cursory glimpses of the photos.
Our friends and sometimes motorcycle review collaborators at MCN are releasing the pics and specs of the new VFR lineup, reporting a V-Four-powered 1200cc machine. More spy shots
, posted by the car blog Left Lane News, confirm the use of a shaft drive – seeming to indicate a sport-touring application for the new Honda.
The new VFR is rumored to utilize an engine management system that could deactivate some of the four cylinders for better efficiency. If so, this could be very similar, or identical, to the Honda cylinder deactivation system
affixed to a CBR1100XX prototype we test rode at Honda’s Tochigi Proving Grounds in 2006.
Speaking of the CBR1100XX, the new VFR would seem to fill the XX place and be a potential competitor in the hypersport class alongside the Suzuki Hayabusa
, Kawasaki ZX-14 and BMW K1300S. This is particularly true if rumors of 200 hp prove out.
No official facts have surfaced yet, as the leaks seem to spoil the bike’s expected debut at one of the motorcycle shows this fall. One thing we can say for certain, however, is unlike the INTERMOT concept - the upcoming VFR-whatever will at least sport movable wheels!
Check out the Honda VFR1200 Spy Shot Gallery