Tuesday, October 13, 2009

2010 Vyrus 987 C3 4V: Fastest, most powerful production bike in the world may be unveiled at the EICMA this year


The new Vyrus 987 C3 4V is likely to be similar in appearance to earlier Vyrus machines, but in terms of power and technology, it would be in a different world

Ascanio Rodorigo, who worked with Massimo Tamburini at Bimota in the early-1980s, and who now runs his own motorcycle company – Vyrus – has something of a shocker in store for high-performance motorcycle enthusiasts around the world. At this year’s EICMA show in Milan, Italy, Vyrus will show its latest superbike – the 987 C3 4v – which will be fitted with the 1198cc L-twin from the Ducati 1198.

According to MCN, three versions of the Vyrus 987 C3 4V will be available, with the 170bhp, 163 kilo base model being launched towards the end of this year. A higher-spec 987 C3 4V R will pack 184bhp and weigh as little as 158 kilos, while the top-end version will get a supercharger, boosting power output to 211bhp. This bike, which will weigh about 154 kilos, will be the fastest, most powerful production bike in the world. That’s right, the supercharged Vyrus 987 will be lighter and more powerful than a Kawasaki ZZR1400, Yamaha VMax, Ducati Desmosedici RR, Ducati 1198S and the MV Agusta F4 1078RR.

211bhp for the street? Yes indeed. ‘Everybody will be able to ride it without killing themselves. The main drama is the light weight, not so much the power,’ says Rodorigo, speaking to MCN. ‘It turns easily into corners and the stability grows the closer you get to the limit. It’s incredibly confidence building,’ he adds.

The new Vyrus will be equipped with state-of-the-art electronics, including a race-spec traction control system, to allow riders to handle all that power. The bike’s innovative chassis, with hub-centre steering and front swingarm instead of the usual fork, is inherently very stable and will be refined and optimised further for the new 987.

You would probably expect the Vyrus 987 to be very expensive and you would be right, of course. According to MCN, the base model will be priced at £44,000 (US$69,500), the R version will cost £50,000 (US$79,000) and the supercharged version will carry a price tag of £71,000 (US$112,000). Whew!

We hope to bring more details on the new Vyrus 987 soon, so stay tuned!


Ascanio Rodorigo speaks about the Vyrus way of building bikes. Interesting...

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have nothing intelligent to say, I'm just absolutely in love with this bike and now it's getting a super charged 1198 power plant.......Uhhhhh.... splort!

Maxx said...

Thank god for the Italians :)

Mark Ruff said...

Sounds amazing... I just hope they really will be able to build it. These small Italian companies promise the world but don't always deliver.

Anonymous said...

at more than $100,000 the supercharged version should be their bestseller. guess i'll go down to the shops now and put in my order before my neighbours beat me to it... :-))

Korner_King_79 said...

AWESOME! Reduced weight, more power and a completely different chassis/suspension layout is definitely the way ahead for sports bikes. I wish the Japanese had the nuts to build something like this. Now if only Vyrus can figure out to sell their new bike at a more reasonable price, we'll be in business.

Phil.B said...

Superchargers add weight and complexity - they're for cars, not for bikes. And who needs 211bhp for the street? It's overkill, as is the price. My 2004 ZX-10R provides more than enough performance, it's more than anyone can use unless you're Rossi. Vyrus needs to get the pricing right before their bikes will sell.

Anonymous said...

I'm so totally blown away by this. Can't wait for the EICMA to kick off. We want MORE 200bhp bikes in this world! Good on ya, Vyrus!

Anonymous said...

what a pity that it's only the smaller companies like Bimota and Vyrus who're trying to do something with hub-centre steering on bikes. who wouldn't want to see a yam r1 with this kind of front suspension set up? rather than focus too much on paint jobs, stickers and graphics, mainstream bike makers should try to work with new chassis and suspension designs like this one.

all the best to vyrus, i hope they succeed with the new 987.

Pervez Bhathena said...

The supercharged 987 could be a brilliant bike in theory. However to become and remain viable as a business, Vyrus should focus on more 'conventional' bike, with high-end suspension components and powerful engines from Ducati and/or other manufacturers.

The hub centre steering thing does not work - the minor advantages it offers are nullified when offset against the cost and complexity. If this set up really had any significant advantages over the telescopic fork, you'd think Rossi & Co. would be using that, right?

Anonymous said...

One theory is that Rossi & Co. are not using it because they can't un-learn 10-15 years of riding on conventional geometry. If they jump right on a hub-centre bike they'll be slow because it's alien. It gives different feedback and needs different riding. Maybe someone will go for it in Moto2? Who knows, that would be interesting to see.

RocketRobinHood said...

I know that even if they follow through with the bike, I'll never have a chance to ride it, but... wow. What a cool machine. Can't wait to see some film of the bike in motion.

On another subject, how can he get away with a ponytail and those angel-wing spectacles? Must be the language... Italian sounds so smooth and passionate. (no, I don't have a crush on him, it's the bike)

hardboiled said...

I'm sorry but I really don't find that bike pleasant to look at and as for the price...someone head is in the clouds!

Anonymous said...

@Phil.B - Do you really think Vyrus gives a S**T about the GSXR/ZX/YZF crowd? They make exclusive bikes for exclusive people who don't need to give the $100K price tag a second thought.

Gnarly Cranium said...

I'd be very surprised if Rossi doesn't ride this thing at some point, he had a hand in developing it from what I understand.

abhijit said...

the most beautiful bike i have never seen

motorcycle said...

NOW...compare this bike to the CRAP coming out of the USA's "custom" builders. This bike RULES!
Thank GOD for ITALY!
Go back to sleep in your caves america!

UK Motorbike Blogs said...

I'm sorry to say that this is one of the ugliest bikes I've EVER Seen. Then they want $112,000 for it.

I would prefer to Streetfighter a Ducati 1198 and fit a supercharger for approx $5,000. That would give me at least 210 bhp and up to 350bhp if my mechanic friend is correct.

Oh and with the change I could by a 350 bhp Hyabusa and a Ducati Desmosedici RR for $70,000. Or I could by a Vyrus mmmmmm.

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