Norton Tease 100hp 650 Scrambler Concept

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NORTON are promising a new 650cc scrambler, the first of a series of models powered by their new parallel-twin engine.

There will be two variants of the scrambler, one with an 18-inch wire-spoked front wheel and another more off-road-focused version boasting a 19-inch front. Both models are expected to debut towards the end of 2018.

The engine has been developed with the V4 1200 in mind and will produce around 100hp, according to Norton.

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There are also possibilities of a supercharged 175hp version of the new engine which could be utilised for a new sportsbike.

The news comes as Norton announced a joint international venture that will tie production to Pune, India, with Kinetic Group.

The bikes built in the new factory will be marketed and distributed across Asia from the end of 2018. Not to worry, machines sold in Europe will still be hand-built in the UK, according to Norton.

Norton CEO Stuart Garner said: “We have been hand-building gorgeous bikes in England for many years, we are now taking the next big step forward and delighted to form this alliance with the Kinetic group. I believe that the style, passion and beauty of Norton products coupled with the experience of Kinetic will make a winning combination and deliver a fabulous range of Norton motorcycles across the ASEAN territories.”