Honda has launched its latest 2020 Honda CBR400R for their local market and its more race-ish than ever before. Visually inspired by their range-topping Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade, the 2020 Honda CB400R is targeted to strengthen the brand’s presence, especially in the country.
What’s different with the new 2020 model? Well, there’s a new CBR logo that’s the same with the CBR1000RR-R. And that’s about it, folks. It doesn’t mean that the 400cc sports bike is not a good bike to own. With a sharp and aggressive design, it also comes with Honda’s iconic dual front headlights, dual-barrel side exhausts, sculpted 17-litre fuel tank, and more.
The CBR400R is planned to fill in the gap between the brand’s 250cc and 500cc range which provides good riding performance, especially for touring. This is thanks to its clip-on handlebars that offers a sporty stance without being too sporty.
Fitted with a 399cc twin-cylinder DOHC liquid-cooled engine, the 2002 Honda CBR400R produces around 46hp at 9,000rpm and 38Nm of max torque at 7,500rpm. We’re guessing that this package might be good enough to compete against the likes of Kawasaki Ninja 400 and KTM RC390R in WorldSSP300 of WorldSBK (if anyone is brave enough to race on one).
Other specs include:
- 41mm telescopic forks
- 320mm single front disc (petal-type)
- 240mm single rear disc (petal-type)
- Dual-channel ABS
- Assist & slipper clutch
The Japanese market can get one for 808,500 yen (around RM32,168) with a choice of three different colours – Champion Red, Matte Gray and Pearl Glare White. We’re still not sure if this beauty will make its way here in Malaysia considering the fact that Boon Siew Honda has the 500cc range in stock, which includes the CBR500R.