Will this MotoGP-Derived Honda RC213V-S hunt the YZF-R1 down in June?

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The recent trend in the litre-class segment of motorcycles is clocking over 200 hp of power and incorporating modern technologies from the respective MotoGP contenders. So while the Yamaha YZF-R1/YZF-R1M, the Kawasaki Ninja H2, the BMW S1000RR and the likes have moved on to 200 hp power output numbers, Japanese two-wheeler manufacturer Honda seems to have been falling behind in the race.

Honda RC213V-S MotoGP Replica

This, however, is about to change very soon. If recent reports are to be believed, Honda may introduce the street legal version of its MotoGP-derived motorcycle, the RC213V-S, in the month of June 2015, during the Catalunya MotoGP in Barcelona. Now we aren’t sure whether this upcoming motorcycle will be an all new motorcycle or a completely overhauled CBR Fireblade.

Honda RC213V-S Concept

Honda unveiled the MotoGP motorcycle in 2014 while a prototype of a road legal variant of the RC213V, named as the RC213V-S, was unveiled early last year at the EICMA 2014. Similar to what Yamaha recently did with its flagship litre-class motorcycle YZF-R1 and the YZF-R1M, the RC213V-S too is claimed to have incorporated many of the features from Honda’s MotoGP contender.

Honda RC213V-S Prototype

While Honda has remained tight-lipped about the power output numbers, expect the performance figures to remain at par with its competitors. So expect to see around 200 hp of power output figures from the V-four cylinder motor. Yep, you read that right! This upcoming litre-class Honda will be powered by a V-4 engine instead of an inline four cylinder motor that was seen on the earlier 1000cc models from the manufacturer.

Honda-RC213V-S-unveiled-horz

There is no official word from Honda about the launch event but with the competition already partying in the over 200 hp power band, this would be a great time for the largest two-wheeler manufacturer in Japan to make a grand entrance rather than coming to clean up the dishes. Do you agree? Share your views with us through the comments section below.

Source: Moto Station