Honda CBR 1000RR-R and SP has been unveiled with new generation 214.5bhp engine and Akrapovic exhaust
Honda has unveiled its next-generation litre-class motorcycle, the 2020 Honda CBR 1000RR-R Fireblade. Let me take a breath. Honda has developed a new inline 4 cylinder engine for the CBR superbike which utilises a lot of new technology. The new engine comes from Honda’s racing department, the HRC.
This time, the engine configuration is kept similar to that of Honda’s RC213V race machine. The new engine gets titanium crankshaft, semi-cascading gear train, finger-follower rocker arms and much more. The exhaust system, on the other hand, is designed in collaboration with a team of engineers from Akrapovic.
All-new liquid-cooled, inline 4-cylinder short-stroke engine now pumps out massive 214.5bhp at 14,500rpm and 113Nm of twisting force at 12,500rpm. The engine is mated to a 6-speed gearbox and there is no word about the presence of a two-way quickshifter. The Akrapovic exhaust system is a 4-2-1 unit with oval elbows.
Coming to the electronics, the Throttle-by-Wire (Ride by Wire in Honda’s speak) tech has been further improved to deliver better feel and response. The system now has three riding modes which different power levels, motor brake, Wheelie control as well as Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC). Along with these, the package now includes an adjustable Start Mode. Most of the systems are assessed by a 6-axis IMU unit. Steering is stabilised by a 3-level Honda Electronic Streeting Damper (HESD).
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A 5-inch full-colour TFT display performs the task of the instrument cluster. The display is fully customisable by the rider and has connectivity options as well. A rider is thrown with hell lot of information via the TFT display.
Coming down to the suspension, there is a pair of 43mm Big piston forks made by Showa upfront and Balance Free Rear Cushion Light (BFRC-L) shock absorber at the rear again made by Showa. The Fireblade rides on 17-inch wheels which are fitted with 120/70-ZR-17 and 200/70-ZR-17, front and rear tyre respectively. The rubber is from Pirelli in the form of Diablo Supercorsa SP. Braking duties are performed by 4-piston Nissin callipers gripping 330mm twin discs at the front and 220mm single disc at the rear.
At present, there is no word on the pricing of the CBR 1000RR-R Fireblade. However, the company says that the bike will be available in the international markets from June 2020 onwards.
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