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Norton plans Scrambler and a supercharged sportsbike

One month after the first Norton V4 SS superbikes were finally scheduled to start arriving with customers, the Donington-based British manufacturer has announced two new models.

Norton says it will display an “early prototype” of a 650 Scrambler at the NEC show in November and is working on a superbike that will use the same parallel twin engine but will be supercharged.

The Scrambler will be called the Atlas and will feature an all-new, tubular steel frame by Spondon, which Norton also owns, and top-notch components such as Brembo radial calipers.

The bike will come in “high” off-road-style spec and “low”’ road trim, producing 70bhp or100bhp, depending on spec. The basic version is expected to sell for under £10,000.

“We’re right at the end of the design phase, about to start the tooling and should see the first engines in the next couple of months,” Norton head of design Simon Skinner has said.

“I didn’t want to create a retro bike. Instead the closest other bike out there is probably the Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled but this a more premium, more powerful motorcycle.”

“The bike at the NEC will be an early prototype. It’ll be roped off and have a similar level of finish as the V4 had when we first unveiled it.”

The Atlas name was first used in 1962. The original Atlas was a 750cc parallel twin and a Scrambler version went on sale in 1963.

The supercharged sportsbike is expected to weigh around 150kg and have over 150bhp. It will also feature a completely different frame including a carbon fibre swingarm. “It’s still under development and coming along nicely,” Skinner has said.

As for the V4 SS, customers should now be taking delivery of their machines, one year later than scheduled.

In April, Norton boss Stuart Garner said: “We’ve loosely named June [2018] as the date and we’re more or less on target for that. If it [delivery] did move, it wouldn’t be by a lot now. The bike is very close to being deliverable.” 

Garner said he had hoped to have the 200bhp bike ready a year sooner, in 2017, but had decided to hold back production “until the bike was properly developed”. 

The first deposits for the V4 were taken when the bike was unveiled at the NEC in November 2016.

 

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