Marc Marquez rode Honda’s RCV213V-S to another MotoGP world championship this year. Honda’s MotoGP racebikes have strangled the competition for several years. The Japanese manufacturer has won every MotoGP world championship but one (in 2015) since 2011.
So it’s not hard to believe that some of that MotoGP power and technology would trickle down to Honda’s street bikes. And, with the unveiling of the 2020 Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP, (CBR1000RR-R) it’s clear that it has.
Honda says its newest supersport machine has features found on its MotoGP machines. The CBR1000RR-R (jeez, that’s a lot of Rs) shares the RC213V-S’s combustion efficiency and low-friction technologies and also features the same bore and stroke. To keep weight down the engine uses titanium connecting rods and forged aluminum pistons. In addition, the aluminum frame features a longer RCV213V-S-style swingarm.
The end result of the new engine is a claimed 215 HP at 14,500 RPM and 83 lb-ft of torque at 12,500 RPM. Very racy… Fully fueled, Honda says the CBR1000RR-R weighs in at 201 KG (442 pounds).
Electronics include a six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), 3-level Honda Electronic Steering Damper (HESD) and second-generation Öhlins Smart Electronic Control (S-EC) suspension and user interface as standard.
Other trickle-down features include an optimized Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC), and a Start Mode added to Power, Engine Brake, and Wheelie Control.
New Brembo Stylema brake calipers grasp 330mm discs through a 2-level ABS system providing the stopping power.
Honda’s MotoGP experience has taught them that aerodynamics cannot be overlooked. The bike’s bodywork and riding position focus on aerodynamic performance. To that end, the machine’s fairing features MotoGP-derived winglets to generate downforce. Even with the added downforce, the bike has a class-leading drag coefficient value of just 0.270. Very slippery indeed.
While the CBR1000RR-R is track biased, it is fully street legal including LED head and taillights, a full-color TFT display and an electronic Honda Smart Key.
Pricing is to be announced.
All photo credit: Honda