Honda RC213V-S Test VideoIn September, we were able to ride one of the most exclusive motorcycles on the market – the RC213V-S, Honda’s MotoGP replica.
We rode the RC213V-S that mimics Marc Marquez’s championship-winning RC213V prototype at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain, the same track that will host the final round of 2015 MotoGP.While there, we rode two versions – Euro-Spec with 157 horsepower at the crankshaft, and the uncorked edition with a Sport Kit that produces 214 horsepower. These bikes carry a huge price tag – $184,000 for the US spec version, which only creates around 101 horsepower; add in the Euro-sourced only Sport Kit and the price exceeds $200,000.Part of the steep price is due to its engine; the RC213V-S is powered by a compact 90-degree V4 999cc engine, which is basically the same engine offered in the RCV1000RR. The RC213V-S engine is basically lacks the pneumatic valves and seamless transmission offered in the RC213V prototype.Yes, the steep price equals to exclusivity, but so does the ride. The RC213V-S, which weighs 379 lbs. dry – 80 less than the 2015 YZF-R1 and 130 less than Kawasaki’s supercharged H2/H2R – is the most balanced motorcycle we have ever ridden.Attached above is some video of the Honda RC213V-S from our testing at Valencia. We will feature a full review of the bike in our next issue of Ultimate MotorCycling. For more, read our top 10 What the Facts story on the Honda’s race-spec V4.