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The new Honda RC213V-S is as close as you’ll get to being Marc Márquez.

Honda’s MotoGP tech hits the streets

In the hands of current champion Marc Márquez, Honda’s RC213V has become a mighty force in MotoGP.

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Circuit racers will want the sports package, which ups the power to 212 hp.

Now the Japanese manufacturer has decided to tap into the marketing potential of the young Spaniard’s double-championship success with a road-ready derivative of the bike that has propelled Márquez, Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner to victory on the racetrack.

Changes in the new RC213V-S take into account both legal requirements (headlights, plates, catalytic converters) and the operational demands of running the machine without a full garage crew in a chase vehicle (starter motor, steel discs). Muddying the waters slightly, Honda is also releasing an optional closed-circuit package for those who don’t want to stray so far from the bike’s racing roots.

While the street version generates 156 hp, the sports add-on increases that to 212 hp. Not quite the 235 hp-plus of the MotoGP bike, but more than ample for the track-day enthusiast.

honda.com

Going, going, gone

Lotus steps up the speed

For those who prefer their aggression on four wheels, the new 3-Eleven is billed as the quickest production Lotus ever. Since the original Elise in the mid-’90s, the British firm has riffed on the extruded aluminum tub theme with a variety of low-volume, high-performance models.

The 3-Eleven tops the lot, taking the supercharged Toyota V6 engine of the Evora and ramping it up to 450 hp. A limited edition of 311, it comes in road and track guises. The latter adds a sequential gearbox, aero package and racing seat with six-point harness, and, according to Lotus, has a 0-60 mph time of under 3 seconds.

lotuscars.com

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