Norton Nemesis A


Make Model

Norton Nemesis A




Four stroke, 60°V8  cylinder, DOHC, 4 valve per cylinder.


1479 cc / 90.3 cu in
Bore x Stroke 73 x 44.7 mm
Cooling System Liquid cooled


MBE fuel injection



Max Power

175 kW / 235 hp @ 12000 rpm

Max Torque

150.3 Nm / 15.33 kgf-m / 111 ft-lb @ 9000 rpm


6 Speed 

Final Drive


Front Brakes

2 x Ø360 mm disc

Rear Brakes

Single Ø230 mm disc

Front Tyre

120/60 ZR17

Rear Tyre

200/50 ZR17


217 kg / 478 lbs

Nemesis – it’s a name worthy of a super-villain with strange, evil powers, in a mega-budget Hollywood production. And when it was unveiled in April 1998, at the Dorchester Hotel in London, the Norton Nemesis sure looked like it was suitably equipped to completely crush any other high-performance motorcycle ever built anywhere in the world. World dominance? Bring it on!

Take a look at Norton’s it-was-never-meant-to-be superbike – a 1.5-litre V8 engine with three sparkplugs per cylinder and a power output of 235bhp, a push-button system for shifting gears, magnesium wheels, swingarm and other components, wheel rim-mounted disc brakes at the front, F1-style active suspension, rear-view cameras instead of regular rear-view mirrors, a kerb weight of 217 kilos and an estimated top speed of 360km/h. All of this in a bike that would – if it ever went beyond the prototype stage – carry a price tag of about £32,000.

The Norton Nemesis was engineered by one Al Melling for the Canadian Aquilini Investment Group, who owned what was then called Norton Motorcycles International. The intention was to build the world’s fastest production motorcycle – a title which belonged to the Suzuki Hayabusa at that time. Today, more than a decade later, some things have changed, some haven’t.