The long-awaited street-legal replica of Honda‘s MotoGP racer may finally be approaching as the Japanese manufacturer has filed a trademark application in European Union for the name “RC213V-S“. Perhaps not-so-coincidentally, the application was filed today, Oct. 31, just days ahead of the 2014 EICMA show where the RC213V-S is expected to debut.
Honda Chief Executive Officer Takanobu Ito originally confirmed plans to produce a new super sportsbike derived from its RC213V prototype in 2012 but we haven’t heard a peep from the manufacturer since then.
Not until the new trademark filing, that is. Filed with the EU’s Office for the Harmonization for the Internal Market, the trademark application offers few details, except saying it will be used for “motorcycles; vehicles; apparatus for locomotion by land, air or water; and parts and fittings for the above-mentioned goods in this class”.
While the description may be vague, the name itself is fairly obvious, with the “S” likely signifying the street version of the RC213V prototype. Honda first introduced the RC213V in 2012 MotoGP season. Since then, the 1000cc V-4 racebike has won 34 of 53 races split between Casey Stoner, Dani Pedrosa and two-time reigning MotoGP Champion Marc Marquez.
Motorcycle.com will be in Milan for EICMA where (hopefully!) the RC213V-S will make its debut. Our coverage begins Nov. 3.