Honda NM4 Vultus Concept First Look
Honda has unveiled the NM4 Vultus concept at the Osaka Motorcycle Show. Two exhibition versions of the all-new design were introduced – the base-model NM4-01 and NM4-02 featuring integrated bags. While listed at concept/exhibition models, Honda states the NM4 Vultus is “planned for production.”Now, it's a scooter, technically, I guess - motorcycles haven't had automatic transmissions since the "Hondamatics" of the 1970s - and while 65+ MPG from a 750cc bike is decent, the 54 HP in a bike weighing 540 pounds doesn't really do much for me. It has neat touches, like integrated bags and a display that can change color, and it's got styling that evokes something out of "Tron":
The new Vultus appears to share the same 745cc Parallel Twin developed for the NC750 models – an update of the NC700 platform slated for the European markets. The 8-valve single overhead cam Twin claims peak power of 54 horsepower (6250 rpm) and 50 lb-ft torque (4750 rpm). The powertrain features Honda’s familiar Dual Clutch Transmission, and Honda cites fuel efficiency of 66.8 mpg – equating to a range of 200 miles from the NM4’s 3-gallon tank.
I suppose a lot will hinge on the price point. Something like this for around $6-$7K puts it into the realm of possibility, especially as a commuter bike for congested areas (the automatic is a godsend in heavy traffic - no more hand cramps from feathering the clutch!). I'm still pretty well sold on the Elio, but until it actually goes on sale and I see them on the street, I'm keeping my options open.
The biggest selling point on this, IMHO, is that it's a Honda. We've owned two Honda automobiles and one motorcycle, and all three vehicles have been reliably boring. The article doesn't specify drivetrain, although I suspect chain-driven. With ABS and shaft-drive, this would be essentially bulletproof.
I'll take the black one, though - one "Batcycle" coming right up!
That is all.