Honda has revealed a new colour scheme for its flagship CBR1000RR-R SP supersports model that pays homage to the original Fireblade from 1992.
In overseas markets, the standard Honda CBR1000RR-R now features gold wheels with both existing colour schemes.
Honda’s Australian wing only offers the top-spec CBR1000RR-R SP, which is available from $52,429 rideaway in Grand Prix Red and Matte Black, however, pricing and availability for the new 30th Anniversary livery has yet to be confirmed for the local market.
The iconic tricolour livery was penned by Hiroaki Tsukui, the same designer responsible for the original 1992 design.
Also unique to the CBR1000RR-R SP 30th Anniversary is a special screen animation, a laser engraved top yoke, a ‘smart’ key fob and an Akrapovic pipe.
For 2022, the SP’s rear sprocket has gone from 40- to 43-teeth to improve mid-corner drive, while a revised intake and ride-by-wire adjustments round out the major changes.
The current-generation Honda Fireblade launched last year, debuting a number of upgrades derived from Honda’s RC213V-S MotoGP machine, like winglets and a more compact riding position.
Significant updates were made to the engine, with the addition of titanium con-rods and forged aluminium pistons, among other changes.
Peak outputs remain unchaged at 160kW and 112Nm from the bike’s 1000cc inline four-cylinder engine.
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.
Electronic Ohlins NPX front fork replaced the NIX fork of the previous model, and improved Brembo Stylema brakes are equipped with switchable ABS for track riding. Information is displayed on a 5.0-inch TFT dash.
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