The visual creative spark for the NM4 was catalysed by the futuristic bikes seen in the anime and manga comic book, television and film style. Known collectively as “Japanimation”, both genres have long been very grown-up entertainment in Japan, woven into the fabric of society. Now, the philosophy, attitude, fashion and feeling have spread worldwide and have become a mainstream phenomena.
The Vultus' instrument panel plays the "fighter pilot" cockpit metaphor to the full - it is viewed from a much lower angle than on a normal motorcycle due to the lower seat height, is wider than normal, the digital instruments are outlined with LED lights, and the central display changes colour depending on the mode deployed.
“Honda is a big company. We make every kind of motorcycle. It’s great that sometimes we make a certain machine simply because we can and because we want to, not because we 'should'."
"The NM4 Vultus exists because of a passion from deep within our company. We wanted to create something special, not just in the two-wheeled world, but truly unique in the whole world - a machine that engages a human soul like no other."
"Our intention was to make something that makes every moment feel cinematic, and we want riding it to be an event – guaranteed – every single time.”
Mr Keita Mikura, NM4 Vultus Project Leader, Honda Motor Company
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