Honda builds a Batbike



Honda has revealed a new motorcycle called the NM4 Vultus. While not the most inspiring name, it does at least look really stealth. Cool stealth. Batbike-level stealth.

Reference is made to a ‘stealth bomber silhouette’, and it measures 933mm across the mirrors, while the seat sits at 650mm high. There are full LED headlights too, while everything else comes in black and stainless steel. Some concession to colour has been made: the digital dash changes depending on mood, ranging from white, through blue and pink and finally red.

Underneath there’s a 745cc twin-cylinder engine canted forward, with a low centre of gravity delivering “strong low and mid-range power and torque”. It produces 54bhp and 50lb ft, with twin balance shafts and a single 36mm throttle body. Honda reckons it’s efficient, too, offering up 185 miles from a single 11.6-litre tank.

NM4 Vultus inspired by anime and Japanese manga, but looks like the Dark Knight’s ride.

The engine is mated to a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox, and it’s all mounted on a steel diamond frame that weighs in at just 245kg. So then, while no performance figures have been announced, it’ll be fast; that power-to-weight ratio stands at around 225bhp per tonne (the same as an old Honda NSX, if we’re not mistaken).

Courtesy: BBC TopGear