Honda announce radical new machine – the NM4 Vultus
Honda announced today a ground-breaking machine in the MN4 Vultus, inspired by their desire to establish a unique riding experience and identity not constrained by standard motorcycle design and according to their press release with strong echoes of futuristic bikes seen in Japanese movies.
We certainly think they’ve nailed that one then with this design sure to polarise opinion. It looks like something out of a Batman movie. The design team clearly remained true to the original concept with the NM4 Vultus being possibly the most radical we’ve seen.
Honda is founded on innovation and in keeping with this tradition this new machine certainly seems to push boundaries, with an identity that on first looks places it in a class of its own. Vultus is Latin for appearance, expression – or face and the Vultus, with its LED lights, future-shock style and stealth bomber silhouette presents a look that will not have been seen in any city before. The design was fired by the futuristic bikes seen in the anime and manga television and film styles known collectively as “Japanimation”. Another critical factor in the creation of this new machine was Honda’s desire to create a machine capable of crossing traditional two-wheeled lines and reach out to a wider audience. The creative team of engineers who conceived, designed and put it together are in their 20s and early 30s, far younger than the average UK rider, and were given a completely free hand. In that respect, the NM4 Vultus is clearly intended to appeal to and attract a new kind of rider.
Driving it forward is a compact 745cc liquid-cooled, 8-valve parallel twin-cylinder engine which according to Honda is a usable, fuel-efficient (80.23mpg) and clean powerplant. The design ensures a punchy low-to-mid range performance with large amounts of effortless torque from very low down in the rev range.
Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT), giving the rider options between automatic twist-and-go D and S mode – plus trigger-operated computer game-style manual MT mode. Intuitive and easy to use, it delivers consistent, seamless gear changes, and very quickly becomes second nature.
Lighting is full LED with front indicators and mirrors integrated into the bodywork while the shaped headlight is framed with a blue LED definition line. Everything is blacked-out to the max – with carefully-placed glimpses of burnished stainless steel here and there – and only one paint option will be available: matt black.
With a seat height of just 650mm the new Honda NM4 Vultus is a low and easy going ride with just the right amount of bite when you need it.
Welcome to the future everyone.