2020 Honda Fireblade joins the 200 hp club with its new upgrade. Apart from power increment, it also looks brilliantly good!
Just ahead of EICMA, Honda has debuted its most powerful Fireblade ever! Christened as CBR1000 RR-R, Honda says the supersport is ‘Born to Race’.
Fireblade has been Honda’s flagship for the last many years and the new 2020 version gets fiercer! It continues to take inspiration from Honda’s MotoGP machine RC213V and its street legal version the RC213V-S and is powered by a new 999.9 cc inline four cylinder engine which pumps out 215 hp of peak power at 14,500 rpm and a max torque of 113 Nm at 12,500 rpm. It shares its bore and stroke (81 mm x 48.5 mm) with the RC213V-S.
In terms of design this is the most aggressive Fireblade we have seen so far. It also has a premium version – the CBR1000 RR-R SP. Both the models are equipped with Akrapovic exhaust system, which looks interestingly weird but should be good music!
The standard 2020 Honda Fireblade is equipped with Showa BPF fork upfront and Showa BFRC monoshock at the rear. The SP version comes with 43 mm Ohlins electronic suspension at the front and Ohlins smart-EC rear shock. It is also mated to Brembo Stylema four-piston radial mounted front calipers whereas the rear Brembo monoblock caliper is the same as used on the RC213V-S.
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The motorcycle also gets a new Bosch six-axis IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) which replaces the five-axis IMU of the older version. Honda says it provides finer control and behaviour to the motorcycle. On the flipside, the new Fireblade is slightly heavier at 201 kg.
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The new Fireblade will be sold in two colours – Grand Prix Red and Matte Pearl Black. It is expected to be launched in India sometime next year. Honda has also unveiled the 2020 Rebel 500S details of which you can read here.