AT A GLANCE
AN Australian-designed V8 motorbike with a supercarchasing price of about $150,000 will hit the road this month. If bang for your buck is an issue, the Aurora Motorcycles machine won’t disappoint. A weight of 265kg and outputs of 311kW/309Nm means the Hellfire OZ26 will run down just about anything it lines up against.
The bike is just as capable around corners, courtesy of a Hossack-style multi-link front end that eliminates forks and with them the bike’s tendency to dive under brakes. It’s a similar story down the back where the multi-link levers are designed to reduce rear-end squat under acceleration.
The mechanical package is rounded out with an alloy and carbon-fibre body and the most advanced software on the market.
The instrument screen and engine management are from race supplier Motec and the Hellfire V8 has riding modes for wet, city, touring and sport, along with a customisable option where riders can preset engine and traction control settings. The five-speed gearbox can be shifted using a conventional foot lever or via buttons on the left switchblock.
The bike was developed by former Ford engineer Vincent Messina, who is now based in Thailand to oversee production of the hi-tech twowheeler.
Messina, a former superbike and sidecar racer, designed the “clean sheet” 2.6-litre V8 with help from associates in Australia, the UK and New Zealand. Styling duties were handed to acclaimed local designer Tim Cameron. Cameron already has a global following and one of his radical motorcycle designs is already
AURORA HELLFIRE OZ26
PRICE $150,000 (est) ENGINE 2.6L V8, 311kW/319Nm TRANSMISSION 5-speed, shaft drive. DIMENSIONS 2229mm (L), 850mm (W), 1600mm (WB) SEAT HEIGHT 820mm SUSPENSION Hassack-style multilink front with Ohlins TTX adaptive suspension, multilever rear end with Ohlins TTX suspension BRAKES Dual Brembo front discs with four-piston callipers, Brembo rear disc with twin-piston calliper; ABS WEIGHT 265kg on the road in the form of the Travertson T-Rex.
No one will talk acceleration times but the Hellfire V8 is reportedly good for a MotoGP-rivalling 340km/ h top speed. Messina has taken to calling his machine an “ultrabike” to indicate it is a step beyond the hyper bikes such as Kawasaki’s supercharged H2R sports machine.
The Hellfire isn’t the first V8-powered bike, though previous versions have tended to use existing car engines which adds too much weight and limits the machines to straight-line slingshots.
Aurora enlisted Kiwi superbike rider Stephen Briggs to help shake down the prototypes and the first five examples of the limited production run are due to go on sale later this month.
For details, go to auroramotorcycles.com