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Two more DCT Hondas in 2012

Honda's automatic gearbox gathers momentum

HONDA will launch two new models featuring the DCT automatic gearbox in 2012.

DCT, first seen on the VFR1200FA, is now in it's second generation and is lighter and more compact than the first.

The two new models will be called the NS700S and NS700X. Both will use the same 670cc parallel-twin, 270-degree crank engine, as used in the firm's Integra, which appears to be similar to the DN-01 but is infact quite different. The Integra was launched to the world's press just a few days ago.

The NS700S is expected to be an all-new bike in the naked category and the NS700X is expected to be an all-new bike with 'all-road' styling. Think Crossrunner and you probably won't be far off.

We don't think Honda will stop there and expect to see DCT appear in more of the firm's current bikes later in 2012.

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