For 2020, Honda Australia has consolidated its Fireblade range to exclusively offer the highest-spec CBR1000RR-R SP model.
As such, the new Fireblade is priced from $49,999 plus on-road costs, and will be available in limited numbers with two colour schemes: Grand Prix Red (pictured) and Matte Pearl Black.
Compared to the outgoing CBR1000RR Fireblade, which is priced from $22,499, the CBR1000RR-R SP benefits from a number of upgrades derived from Honda’s RC213V-S MotoGP machine, like winglets and a more compact riding position.
Significant updates have also been made to the engine, with the addition of titanium con-rods and forged aluminium pistons, among other changes.
The bike also features an enhanced ride-by-wire system, with three riding modes to adjust power, engine braking, wheelie control and Honda’s Selectable Torque Control system.
A new aluminium diamond frame uses the rear of the engine as the upper shock mount, and the swingarm is longer and based on the RC213V-S’s design.
According to Honda, the rigidity balance, weight distribution and steering geometry have been carefully adjusted for the increased engine output, in terms of front and rear grip levels, and feel for both.
A new 43mm Ohlins NPX front fork replaces the NIX fork of the previous model, and improved Brembo Stylema brakes are equipped with switchable ABS for track riding.
“It’s the best of the best,” said Honda Australia in a press release.
“The most exclusive, feature-rich open-class sportbike Honda has ever built under the CBR banner. Street legal, but track ready. Offering a degree of performance and refinement you’ve likely never experienced — unless you’ve had a factory ride.”
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