2016 Honda RC213V-S
Honda’s first MotoGP replica – the RC213V-S – is now confirmed for USA residents. The RC213V-S, which emulates Honda’s MotoGP RC213V that Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez piloted to the 2013 and 2014 Championships, will be available as a 2016 model – but it won’t come cheap.
Honda says that American customers – the lucky few – will pay $184,000. Honda has not released how many RC213V-S motorcycles will be available stateside.
Unfortunately, the U.S. version of RC213V-S will not be available with the optional close-circuit kit, which truly uncorks the MotoGP nature of the expensive replica. This caused some criticism across social media, but we offer some RC213V-S counterpoints here.
In stock form, the stateside RC213V-S will only produce 101 horsepower – no joke. This is due to a rev-limiter of 9,400 rpm; the close-circuit kit that the Europeans get provides the sought-after 14,000 rev and over 200 horsepower.
Honda says the RC213V-S is a MotoGP machine with “only minimal changes for a street application…closer to a MotoGP bike than any road-going model ever offered to the public.”
“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.”
2016 Honda RC213V-S Development and Features
The RC213V-S was developed as a collaboration between Honda’s Motorcycle R&D Center and Honda Racing Corporation. The official Honda specs below claim only 101 horsepower for the US model, though we’re waiting on confirmation of this figure.
Honda’s RC213V-S is powered by a compact 90º V4 999cc engine with titanium connecting rods and a sand-cast aluminum crankcase. Mass on the lightweight machine is highly centralized, and it’s race-derived features include an under-seat fuel tank and carbon-fiber-reinforced-plastic fairing.
Honda reports that among the components inherited directly from the RC213V prototype are the swingarm, slipper clutch, magnesium Marchesini wheels (17 inch size for the RC213V-S), pressurized Öhlins fork and adjustable footrests and foot controls, as well as most of the Brembo brake components.
In recent years, MotoGP has ushered in huge advances in the area of electronic rider aids, and this is reflected in the RC213V-S, which boasts throttle-by-wire, selectable power modes, engine-brake control and traction control, with position-detection technology developed through Honda’s ASIMO project, Honda reports.
Since its first entry in the Isle of Man TT races back in 1956, Honda says it has “consistently developed machines exclusively for racing toward the goal of creating the world’s easiest machine to maneuver based on this Honda principle, racking up victory after victory in races along the way.”
The new RC213V-S is developed on this principle, but features the minimal amount of changes for road worthiness.
Following is a breakdown of the RC213V-S compared to the RC213V MotoGP prototype.
- While inheriting the camshaft gear train structure, a switch was made for the pneumatic valve to a coil spring system (same specs as road RCV1000R)
- The seamless transmission was changed to a conventional system (same specs as RCV1000R).
- Steering angle: 15 degrees → 26 degrees
- Tires: RS10 made by Bridgestone Corporation
- Front brake disc: Made of stainless steel, manufactured by Yutaka Giken Co., Ltd.
- Brake pad: Made by Brembo S.p.A.
- License plate lamps
- Front and rear turn signals
- Right and left rearview mirrors
- Muffler with a catalyst
- License plate holders
- Honda Smart Key
- Self starter
- Side stand, etc.
The 2016 Honda RC213V-S will be available in HRC Tricolor or Carbon Fiber, and will sell in America for $184,000.
Reservations for this limited-production model will be taken exclusively through the official model website: www.RC213V-S.com beginning at 3 p.m. PST on July 12, 2015
Honda RC213V MotoGP Prototype & 2016 Honda RC213V-S Specs (Side-by-Side)
|Overall length (mm)||2,052||2,100|
|Overall width (mm)||645||770|
|Overall height (mm)||1,110||1,120|
|Minimum ground clearance (mm)||115||120|
|Seat height (mm)||–||830|
|Vehicle weight (lbs)||Over 348 (after racing)||379 lbs. (dry)|
|Maximum number of riders||1 person||1 person|
|Minimum turning radius (m)||–||3.7|
|Engine type||Liquid-cooled 4-stroke DOHC 4-valve V4||Liquid-cooled 4-stroke DOHC 4-valve V4|
|Total displacement (cm3)||999||999|
|Bore × Stroke (mm)||–||81.0 × 48.5|
|Maximum output (kW[HP]/rpm)||(Over 175kW)||75/8,000|
|Maximum torque (N・m[lbf・ft]/rpm)||–||90/8,000|
|Fuel supply||–||PGM-FI (Programmed fuel injection system)|
|Ignition||–||Full transistor, battery ignition|
|Fuel tank capacity (L)||20||16|
|Clutch||–||Dry multi-plate, coil spring|
|Transmission||–||Constant mesh, 6-speed return|
|Transmission gear ratio||1st||–||2.125|
|Reduction gear ratio
|Caster angle (degrees)||–||24.6|
|Brake||Front||Hydraulic double disc||Hydraulic double disc|
|Rear||Hydraulic disc||Hydraulic disc|
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