Honda VFR1200F - it's official

Will Powell

After months of speculation and spy shots, Honda has officially revealed its eagerly anticipated VFR1200F sports tourer, which hits showrooms in a few weeks time.

At the heart of this futuristic looking motorcycle is Honda's latest 1200cc V4 engine - a brand new, torque-laden yet economical motor with 170bhp and 95lb ft of shove on tap.

It's an ultra-modern unit which Honda claims sets the VFR apart from every other bike on sale. That's so, says the manufacturer, because the new engine emulates the performance and economy of a traditional in-line four but is endowed with the low-down grunt and hearty beat of a V-configuration powerplant.

When it's launched, the VFR1200F will replace the slightly disappointing VFR800 in Honda's UK line-up. And it's been developed in record time, reaching the market just a year after we were teased with the V4 concept bike at the 2008 Cologne motorshow.