Honda’s MotoGP winning RC213V showcased at RevFest – IAB Report
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Generates 228 bhp and weighs a bit over 160 kg.
Honda organized the ‘RevFest’ on August 4, where they launched two bikes and showcased a total of three. This event was held nationwide with simultaneous live launches taking place in eight cities. The event at Delhi was a bit extra special as Honda showcased the legendary RC213V MotoGP bike at Pragati Maidan.
It was on this bike that MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez won consecutive championships in 2013 and 2014. During these years Honda also won the Constructors Championship demonstrating the superior technological wizardry loaded in to the machine.
The bike is bare bones and is stripped of everything that is not relevant on the racetrack. The RC213V is powered by a liquid-cooled, four-stroke, four-valve V4 engine displacing 1000cc and generating 228 bhp. That much power when considered with the fact that this machine weighs just a shade over 160 kg will give you some indication of its performance. Corners are carved precisely thanks to Öhlins Telescopic fork at the front and Pro-link arm at the rear with the bike riding on 16.5-inch Bridgestone tires at both ends.
For those of you who wish to experience the RC213V on public roads, Honda has come out with RC213V-S – the road-going version of the racer. This superbike incorporates learnings and some parts from its hardcore sibling such as light weight materials, precisely machined components and control technologies resulting in 158 bhp.
There is also a race kit that can be brought to bump power up to 215 bhp. But, if you opt for this, the bike can be only ridden in a closed environment, like a racetrack. The price is an off-putting factor here with the cost going northwards of Rs 2.5 crore with duties and taxes!