Vyrus 987 C3 4V


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 the 2009 EICMA show in Milan, Italy, Vyrus showed its latest superbike  the 987 C3 4v  which will be fitted with the 1198cc L-twin from the Ducati 1198.

Three versions of the Vyrus 987 C3 4V will be available, with the 170bhp, 163 kilo base model. 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.

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.