British maker Norton created some waves when it introduced its all-new Atlas, offered in the Nomad and the Ranger variation. The company’s plan with the Atlas is also quite ambitious—from producing premium and low-volume models, Norton is now dabbling into mass production thanks among other things to the model’s attractive pricing that starts at $12,000 for the entry level Atlas Nomad.
The Atlas also adds a new mid-range engine to the company’s portfolio, a downsized variation of the 1,200cc V4 it has been working on for its V4 RR, with a different cylinder layout. Both the Nomad and the Ranger get a 650cc, parallel twin with double overhead cam rated at 85 horsepower and 47 lb-ft of torque.
Both models are built on a steel twin tube chassis complete with an aluminum swingarm, fitted with aluminum spoke wheels, displaying a dry weight of 392 lb. The Nomad is the tamer version showcasing a more classic scrambler aesthetic. It features a 15-liter composite tank, 18-inch wheel at the front and 17-inch wheel at the back, Brembo brake kits, and Roadholder adjustable fork and monoshock suspension.
The Ranger is introduced as the slightly wilder twin. It is mounted on a 19-inch wheel at the front and a 17-inch at the back and comes with skid plate, mudguard, aluminum rear panel, cowl with windscreen, and braced handlebar. It receives a slightly longer-travel adjustable Roadholder suspension as well.