Honda’s released another chunk of information about its new CBR600RR supersport, including horsepower figures and details on the electronics package.
When we had our first look at the new CBR600RR, we were told the engine’s output wouldn’t change. It turns out that isn’t exactly true; Honda says the engine makes a bit more than 119 horsepower at 14,000 rpm, and 64 Nm of torque at 11,500 rpm. Ultimate Motorcycling says Honda did this by overhauling the top end with new cams, valve springs and crankshaft. The exhaust is updated, and so is the intake system. Overall, the engine isn’t completely overhauled, but it does see a list of smaller upgrades that all work together for a decent power bump. Previously, the 600 supposedly made around 100 horsepower.
The new bike has a lightened slipper/assist clutch, and Asphalt & Rubber was told an up/down quickshifter is optional. There’s also a set of aerodynamic winglets to provide downforce at speed, and Honda says the restyled fairing has the least drag in the 600 class. As we’ve said before the 600 has a Showa Big Piston Fork up front, and a fully-adjustable monoshock at the back of the bike.
Honda’s included a ride-by-wire throttle and Bosch five-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) on the new 600, both very important to the bike’s relevance in the modern world of electro-wizardry. The updated CBR600 now has traction control, wheelie control, launch control and adjustable engine braking control. ABS from Nissin comes standard, says MCNews, but is it leaning ABS? You’d think so, but we haven’t seen that confirmed anywhere.
Other modern touches: The new CBR600RR has a TFT screen and all-LED lighting.
The bike now has more rake and trail, and a longer wheelbase. Curb weight jumps from 417 pounds to 428 pounds (189 kilos to 194 kilos).
Want more details? You’ll have to dig to find them, as this machine isn’t coming to the US or Canada or the UK, and probably not the rest of Europe. It’s confirmed for Japan, and suspected to make it to Australia.