Honda has shown off its all new CBR1000RR Fireblade at Intermot 2016 in two versions – SP and SP2 – beyond the stock variant proving that the rumors and speculations surfacing over the last couple of months were all but true.
Honda is yet to reveal details of the stock variant of the CBR1000RR Fireblade, but here’s what we know about the SP and SP2 versions. The latest unveil provides a much sharper look at the profile of the two bikes hinting at a design language that is evolutionary in nature.
The Fireblade gets full LED headlights and tail light, while the bike is now narrower by 24mm thanks to the new radiator design. The bike gets a titanium fuel tank and muffler which has helped in weight reduction, while also aiding in improved handing.
Honda has blessed 2017 CBR1000RR SP and SP2 with fully touchscreen TFT LCD meter, throttle-by-wire, quick shift assist, Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) with slide control and wheelie control and Gyro based ABS. The bike comes with a programmable Ohlins Electronic Controlled Suspension system. All the features are shared with the Honda’s MotoGP RC213V-S race bike.
The 2017 Honda CBR1000RR SP keeps the focus on power-to-weight ratio and the model now gets a 15 kg weight reduction and weighs 200 kg. The weight reduction (apart from the titanium fuel tank) comes from magnesium engine covers and reduced length of nuts and bolts. The s has been reworked as welll with the balance of the frame tweaked, while the swingarm has been stiffened. Stopping power comes from Brembo brakes.
While power has been uprated by 10bhp to a 186bhp output for an improved top end from the 1000cc in-line four-cylinder engine that is now Euro4 compliant and also gets a revised cam timing. Honda has also brought in a host of electronics on the 2017 CBR1000RR SP and includes with a traction control system and engine braking management, while at the centre of it is a five-axis IMU.
For the first time, the 2017 Honda CBR1000R will be available in the SP2 version that features lightweight Marchesini wheels and redesigned valves, combustion chamber and pistons; a kit will be available to make it ready for the circuit.