Honda to Bring a Third, Cheaper Variant of 2017 Fireblade at EICMA [Rumour]

Intermot was all about the Japanese duo of Honda and Suzuki accepting the shift to a heavily loaded electronics package for their litre class flagships. The Fireblade, which has often been known as the most rideable litre class, got two new versions, CBR 1000RR Fireblade SP and a homologation special SP2. However, all this will come at a cost.

If that has you worried, Honda has you covered. As per a report in Asphalt and Rubber, Honda is set to launch a third variant of the Fireblade. Sans the fancy Ohlins semi-active suspension system, titanium body parts (fuel tank and exhaust). A few of the riding modes can also be expected to be given a miss.

Intermot 2016 - 17YM CBR1000RR Fireblade SP/SP2 and 17YM CB1100 EX/RS
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However, features like traction control and cornering ABS can be expected to be untouched. Enthusiasts will remember that Yamaha too brought out a slight toned down version of its flagship, called as the R1 S, a year after the present generation R1 was brought in at EICMA 2014. Now this version was 2,000 dollars cheaper than the R1. Will Honda do something similar?

Apart from this Honda will also be launching the X-ADV scooter and a small update for the Africa Twin at EICMA. The latter is set to be launched in India in mid-2017. Honda India will also updating the line-up in the country with BS IV compliant engines from December 2016.