A Honda RC213V-S has broken a new world record, becoming the most expensive Japanese motorcycle sold at auction.
Auctionioned by specialist automotive marketplace Collecting Cars, the 2016 RC213V-S sold for £182,500.
The very rare superbike has never been ridden and is housed in its original flight case, with just one mile on the clock.
The RC213V-S is a road-legal MotoGP bike, built around a hand-fabricated aluminium frame with carbon-fibre body panels and titanium fasteners, with a dry weight of just 170kg.
Powered by a 999cc four-stroke V4 engine, the 2016 model also features the full HRC Race Kit, including a recalibrated ECU, a titanium exhaust system, a front ram duct, a race-pattern quick shifter, a data logger and a remote-control cable for the front brake lever. These upgrades reduce the bike’s total weight by 10kg and increase power output from 157hp to 215hp.
Edward Lovett, founder of Collecting Cars, commented: “Honda’s RC213V-S is a thrilling, exquisitely crafted machine, and this example attracted global attention and extremely competitive bidding on Collecting Cars. We are proud to have achieved yet another world-record sales price.