These are pictures of the new ACE 400 which is sold only in Japan, as I understand it. I am reliably informed the only difference is the weight of the actual motor. The rest of the body is pretty much the same. (Pictures care of Terry Emory, Misawa Air Base Japan).
European model will have the instruments tank mounted, USA model will have them mounted by the handlebars. At the moment details are unconfirmed, but it will be available in black (see picture above)... and there has been talk of 1998... but it was introduced to the public at a European show recently.
Model: VT1100C2, Engine: 1099cc 50HC liquid cooled 45 V twin, Transmission: 5 Speed, Driveline: Shaft, Seat Height: 28.7 inches, Wheelbase: 65 inches, Fuel Capacity: 4.2 gallons, Dry Weight: 573.2 pounds, Colors: dark red/ivory; black/yellow; red/ivory; black/ivory; gray/white; black, Optional Hondaline Accessories: Winshield, engine guards, rear carrier, backrest, chrome radiator trim, rear fender protector.
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