In 1992, Honda introduced the Fireblade, a legendary 1,000cc super sports motorcycle. Over the years, it has been the foundation for competitive race machines on various circuits and the Isle of Man TT.
In 2020, Honda revamped the Fireblade, giving rise to two new models, the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade and CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP, developed with extensive input from Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) to enhance its racing pedigree.
The new Fireblade draws heavily from the engine and chassis technology of the RC213V-S, a street-legal MotoGP machine, and incorporates aerodynamics inspired by the RC213V MotoGP bike. It is engineered from the ground up to prioritize pure track performance, addressing aspects like engine, handling, and aerodynamics.
In 2022, the Fireblade celebrated its 30th anniversary with several upgrades to boost acceleration. Engine components like intake ports, airbox, airbox funnels, exhaust mid-section, and quickshifter performance were revised. Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) was fine-tuned for better rear tire traction management, and throttle response was improved.
And in 2024, the Fireblade SP underwent further development. It received engine and gearbox updates to enhance mid-range performance and throttle response. Riding position adjustments were made, and components from Brembo and Öhlins were incorporated to optimize track performance while maintaining an engaging road-riding experience.
The Fireblade SP’s inline four-cylinder semi-cam gear engine now produces 214hp of peak power and 113Nm of torque. The engine underwent significant changes to provide a different power delivery throughout the rev-range. Features like a 2-Motor Throttle By Wire system, increased compression ratio, adjusted intake ports, valve timing alterations, lightweight titanium conrods, and shorter gear ratios contribute to this transformation.
The exhaust system now features ovalized downpipes and a slightly larger titanium Akrapovič muffler, producing less noise. The electronic systems include Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC), adjustable Start Mode, and a standard-fit quickshifter.
The chassis improvements include a revised aluminum frame with optimized rigidity balance, a third-generation Öhlins Smart Electronic Control (SE-C3.0) suspension, Brembo Stylema R brakes with Cornering ABS, and a redesigned riding position.
A six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) provides precise data for various electronic systems, including the Honda Electronic Steering Damper (HESD). The Öhlins suspension system offers refined settings through the Object Based Tuning interface (OBTi).
The aerodynamics package was redesigned to enhance high-speed agility and stability. The new fairing features winglets for downforce, aero steps for rear traction, and improved airflow management. A 5-inch color TFT screen and four-way switch provide intuitive control, and a Smart Key system adds convenience.
There is no better way to describe the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP than to state the obvious, it is a high-performance motorcycle designed for the track but suitable for road use. It boasts a potent engine, advanced electronics, and top-notch chassis components, making it a formidable machine for both racing enthusiasts and sportbike riders.
As for when it will be available in global markets, Q1 of 2024 sounds about right, but Malaysian buyers may have to wait longer than that.