Ghost in the Shell is among this year’s most anticipated movies and this weekend Honda will reveal one if the film’s stars.
Ghost in the Shell is based on a renowned Japanese manga of the same name, set in the near future. It stars Scarlett Johansson as a cyber-enhanced human who takes on criminals. Johansson is understood to use the angularly-styled Honda as her main transport in the movie, and has been photographed on-set sitting on the machine.
Although it’s given a carbon-fibre makeover, the shapes of the NM4 Vultus are still clear enough to see. Honda’s own designers provided the sketches for the prop-makers to base the bike on, and it will keep its Honda logos in the movie.
Ghost in the Shell will be released in most territories on March 31st. But the bike is set to make its debut this weekend at the 33rd Osaka Motorcycle Show (March 18th-20th). It will appear again at the 44th Tokyo Motorcycle Show a week later (March 24th-26th)
See www.ghostintheshellmovie.com for release dates and further details about the film.
It’s not the first time Honda has created a one-off bike specially for a movie. Back in 2004 the firm made a re-bodied CBR600RR and a similarly reworked XR250R. They appeared the Japanese film Gojira: Fainaru uôzu, released internationally as Godzilla: Final Wars.
Those bikes also appeared on the Honda stand at shows, but any ideas that they might give a clue to future styling directions for the firm were proved unfounded. Similarly, the Ghost in the Shell NM4 Vultus isn’t likely to bear any resemblance to future Honda production bike designs.