The all new CBR1000RR Fireblade steals the spotlight
Honda celebrates 25 years since the first Fireblade was launched and for this occasion, the Japanese manufacturer built a new CBR SP. It was about the time to come up with a serious Superbike.
The new CBR1000RR features all the latest technology combined with a lighter frame and a promising engine. Although the SP new power unit delivers only 190 HP, we have a good feeling about this new Blade.
Watch our First View of the new Honda Fireblade – Intermot reveal
A massive weight cut
The new CBR has 14 kg less than the previous model. Nothing was left untouched. Every part of the frame went trough serious modifications. The aim was to achieve a more rigid bike for increased track control. Although the shape of the new frame looks similar, the new Blade comes up with a stiffer chassis and swingarm. The gas tank is moved to a more central position and is now made out of titanium while the dashboard is a new and lighter color LCD similar to the one the RCV 213V-S.
The new engine is practically an improved version of the older one. All the parts inside were modified for increased power. The new CBR has a new sophisticated cylinder head for increased compression ratio and a massive 2 kg weight cut. Unfortunately, the peak power is under 190 HP, 189 HP to be more exactly. This new Fireblade is the first Honda sport bike to use the Ride-by-Wire Technology. The power will be delivered in three riding modes while the torque is nicely put to the wheel by the Assisted Slipper Clutch.
The electronics package
The superbike trend nowadays involves adding as many electronic gadgets as possible. The new Honda is kept in total control by a five-axis IMU. The rider can adjust the power delivery, the traction control intervention, the engine brake and also the electronically adjustable suspension. The suspension is the semi-active TTX provided by Öhlins. Fortunately, the new CBR1000RR won’t get the outdated and heavy C-ABS.
A new design
The lines seem to be borrowed from the smaller CBR600RR. The new Blade is narrower with about three centimeters.The radiator also got narrower, and the whole bike adopts the arrow shape. The exotic looks are not the best feature of the new CBR1000RR SP. Honda's goal was to build a superbike that can perform on the track and put the Fireblade back on the top of the grid.
SP 2 Homologation Special
Besides the SP version, Honda will also offer an SP 2 version. Only 500 units will be built and will be marked with the HRC logo. The SP 2 model features all the goodies of the SP model plus Marchesini wheels, a redesigned cylinder head and two racing kits.
|Max power (horsepower, KW)||141kW/13,000rpm|
|Max torque (NM, lb-ft)||116Nm/11,000rpm|
|Top speed (km/h, mph)||Over 60 mph|
|Engine (CC, CI)||999cc|
|Frame||Diamond; aluminium composite twin spar|
|Weight (KG, Lbs.)||195kg|
|Seat Height (CM, IN”)||820mm|
|Front Brake||Brembo four-piston radial mount monobloc brake calipers|
|Front Tire Size||120/70ZR17 58W|
|Rear Tire Size||190/50ZR17 73W|
|Front suspension||Telescopic inverted fork with an inner tube diameter of 43mm, and a NIX30 Smart-EC (OHLINS) Front Fork with preload, compression and rebound adjustments, 120mm stroke|
|Rear suspension||Unit Pro-Link with gas-charged TTX36 Smart-EC (Öhlins) damper featuring preload and compression and rebound damping adjustment, 60mm stroke|
|Fuel Tank (L, Gal)||16L|
|Avg. fuel consumption (L/100 KM, MPG)|
|Safety||ABS, Traction Control|
|Price (EUR, USD)||To be anounced|