Shoei’s range-topping, sports/racing-orientated X-Spirit II has been around since 2010, with few changes apart from colour schemes. Meantime, the more touring and road-biased ranges have gone through a few updates. So the appearance of the new X-Spirit III shouldn't be a surprise. It’s positioning, however, might be. In an introductory video featuring none other than Mr M. Marquez the helmet is explicitly referred to as a ‘pure racing helmet’. What that might mean in practice remains to be seen, as are details like weight (expect it to be a few grams lighter than the X-Spirit II), price (expect it to be trouser-troublingly expensive) and availability in New Zealand. Colour schemes at the moment are black, matt black and white, though we can be sure to see some replica colour schemes once a few racers get hold of them.