Upcoming Honda CBR400RR will join the almost-ready Kawasaki ZX25R and we may see more of such capacity 4-cylinders in the future…

Looks like 4-cylinder mid-capacity engines are making a comeback. Many top CEOs believe that 250-600 cc segment will see a major growth in some very important motorcycles markets in the world post COVID. The upcoming Kawasaki’s 4-cylinder Ninja ZX25R is creating a lot of interest. It is made for markets like Indonesia, Japan (and probably a few other markets).

But that is not where the story may end! According to a Japanese magazine Young Machine, Honda is considering bringing its CBR 400RR back. Young Machine has been a very reliable source of first hand info for all these years. In fact, if we remember correctly, the news of ‘Kawasaki working on a 4-cylinder 250cc‘ was also broken by Young Machine back in 2014 (check it out).

Upcoming Honda CBR400RR

Coming back to our topic – Honda used to sell CBR 400 range back in the 1980s. Apart from a naked bike, the lineup comprised the supersport-kind CBR400RR. It was equipped with a 399 cc, liquid cooled, inline-four cylinder engine. It produced around 60 bhp of power at 13,000 rpm and roughly 39 Nm of max torque at 10,000 rpm.

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Upcoming Honda CBR400RR
The production CBR400RR that was sold in the 1980s-90s. Pic source – Wikipedia

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Of whatever we have read about the motorcycle by reviewers, it is being praised almost everywhere as an extremely nimble and quick mid-capacity sportsbike. In fact, some have claimed that it had a top speed of around 210-220 kph, back then!

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Quite naturally, the return of the small inline-four from Honda will create a lot of excitement in the market. But before we talk about it further, let us wait to hear some concrete sniff of it!

Source – Young Machine

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