EICMA 2013: Honda NC700 Family Gets Upgraded to 750 – But Not in USTue, 05 Nov 2013
Honda announced at the 2013 EICMA show the NC700 series would get a number of upgrades including an extra 75cc in displacement. Unfortunately, it does not look like those upgrades will make it to the U.S. As Honda made its EICMA presentation American Honda announced a number of updates to returning 2014 models including the NC700X.
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Over in Europe, the NC700X and NC700S are being renamed the NC750X and NC750S, with both models, along with the Integra scooter, getting an upgrade to a 745cc displacement via a 4mm increase in cylinder bore. The larger engine comes with a second balancer shaft to mitigate the increased vibration from a larger piston at higher rpms.
Compared to the previous versions’ 670cc parallel-Twin engines, the new powerplant offers a performance boost to a claimed 54 hp and 50 ft-lb., with both dyno curves showing improvement throughout the rev range.
In the U.S. however, the NC700X remains at its original 670cc engine that claims an output of 51 hp and 45 ft-lb. The U.S. NC700X also get an updated instrument panel, adjustable levers and a new black color.
But the new NC750X in Europe also receives taller gearing, a new silencer, ABS as standard equipment and, for models equipped with the dual clutch transmission, updated software to make the automatic transmission downshift earlier.
The NC750S (whose predecessor, the NC700S, was never imported to the U.S.) receives the same upgrades, as does the Integra scooter which also receives a new aluminum swingarm and revised ergonomics to increase knee room and floor space.
The fact American Honda decided to stay with the NC700X with minor updates does not bode well for the future of the NC family in the U.S. It was bad enough that the NC700S and Integra scooter weren’t even imported, ABS is still only available as a package with DCT, forcing customers to pay a premium for both technologies instead of allowing them to pick one or the other. American Honda appears to be shifting its support from the NC models to the new CTX700 which incidentally also uses the old 670cc engine.
By Dennis Chung
See also: EICMA 2013: 2014 Honda CBR1000RR First Impressions – Video, EICMA 2013: 2014 Honda CTX1300 First Impressions – Video, EICMA 2013: Returning 2014 Honda Models Announced.