As you will have seen around the internet, the next-generation Fireblade has landed. In a bid to keep up in its class, one that the BMW S1000R is widely regarded to lead, the new CBR1000RR-R is back and it’s now in the 200 club.
Boasting a gentle 215BHP at 14,500RPM, the new Fireblade has a better power to weight ratio than any supercar. Or hyper car for that matter! And that includes the bonkers koenigsegg one-1, a car named because of it’s 1 BHP per kilo of weight.
The last generation Blade seems to have been designed with every day usability in mind, putting handling and comfort ahead of power. This evidently isn’t the case with the new model. This will be music to the ears of Honda’s WSBK and BSB teams.
In recent years Honda have struggled in the WSBK championship, lacking the power to keep up. This certainly won’t be a problem with the new blade. Next season Leon Haslam and Alvaro Bautista will be the two to take the new blade through its paces.
The bike has taken huge inspiration and technology from Honda’s hugely successful MotoGP bike the RC213V, the two were in fact designed and built alongside one another in the official HRC workshop in Spain.
Marc Marquez has even taken the bike to the track to test it for himself on the circuit de Catalunya. You can hear for yourself how excited he was about the bike in the video below.
So, what’s new? There’s tonnes of new tech on the bike including launch control with adjustable rev limiter and TFT full colour display screen. Under its skin the bike sits on full Ohlins suspension with semi-active electronic control. Braking once again is taken care of by Brembo brakes on the front and rear, with the front being Stylema monobloc four-piston radial-mounted. The brakes are now 7% lighter than before.
Ensuring max power hits the road, an aluminium RC213-V inspired swingarm has brought the horizontal rigidity down by 15%. Switchable ABS modes allow you to switch between TRACK and SPORTS modes depending on your environment.
We’re unsure of pricing just yet, but we do expect to find out more in December. If you want to get your name on the list, we can register your interest or take your order today.