From a blank sheet, Honda and HRC development engineers set to work to create a new inline four-cylinder engine for the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade. It is a compact short-stroke configuration – sharing the diameter and stroke of the RC213V – and incorporates a semi-cascading gear train, finger-follower rocker arms, titanium cranks, internal friction reduction technologies the RC213V-S, piston pumps with ball shut-off valve system and a bypass passage integrated in the bottom part of the cylinder’s water jacket.

A forced air conductor in the front fairing directly feeds the airbox through the steering pipe. The elbows of the 4-2-1 exhaust are oval and the final silencer has been developed in collaboration with Akrapovic.

The result? The CBR1000RR-R engine delivers 113 Nm @ 12,500 rpm and has a maximum power of 217.5 HP @ 14,500 rpm.

2020 Honda CBR1000RR-R SP Fireblade high res images
2020 Honda CBR1000RR-R SP Fireblade high res images

The Throttle By Wire (Electronic Accelerator) has been revised to improve feel and, with three default driving modes, incorporates options to change Power, Motor Brake, Wheelie Control and Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) optimized The electronic package also now includes an adjustable Start Mode.

An all-new, diamond-type aluminum frame uses the rear of the engine as the upper anchor of the shock absorber; The swingarm is longer and is based on the design of the RC213V-S. The rigidity balance, weight distribution and steering geometry have been meticulously adjusted, to manage increased engine delivery, in terms of front and rear grip levels and touch levels on both trains.

The 43mm Showa Big Piston Fork (BPF) fork is complemented by a lightweight Showa Balance Free Rear Cushion Light (BFRC-L) rear shock. The front brake discs are larger in diameter and work with new four-piston Nissin calipers, while the ABS is adjustable for circuit piloting. The rear tire now measures 200/55-ZR17.

2020 Honda CBR1000RR-R SP Fireblade handlebars cockpit and screen
2020 Honda CBR1000RR-R SP Fireblade handlebars cockpit and screen

A six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) performs a precise 3D estimation of the behavior in progress and provides signals to manage all electronic systems. It also controls the new 3-level Honda Electronic Steering Damper (HESD), connecting rod type.

The Honda MotoGP RC213V machine has lent part of its extraordinary aerodynamics to the CBR1000RR-R, including ailerons to increase downward force and improve braking stability. The pilot position is also much more compact.

The fully customizable 5-inch TFT display offers very intuitive control operated by a simplified four-way switch on the left handlebar. Honda’s Smart Key proximity key system adds functionality.

Just one thing left to say then, Honda has invited itself back to the SBK party and how!

2020 Honda CBR1000RR-R SP Fireblade high res images
2020 Honda CBR1000RR-R SP Fireblade high res images

2020 Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade technical specifications 

Kind4 cylinders in line, DOHC, 16 valves and liquid cooling
Displacement (cc )999.9 cc
No. of Valves per Cylinder4
Bore x Stroke (mm)81 mm x 48.5 mm
Compression Ratio13.0 x 1
Max power217.5 @ 14,500
Torque113 Nm @ 12,500
Oil capacity4L
Fuel Tank Capacity16.1L
Fuel consumption16.0 km / liter
Battery capacity12-6 YTZ7S
Clutch TypeHydraulic clutch, multi-disc in oil with assistant / anti-rebound
Exchange rate6 speed
Final TransmissionChain
KindDouble composite aluminum beam
Dimensions (LxWxH)2100 x 745 x 1140mm
Distance between axis1455 mm
Launching Angle24 o
Advance102 mm
Seat Height830 mm
Ground clearance115 mm
Kerb Weight201 kg
Front TypeShowa inverted telescopic fork Big Piston Front Fork 43mm bar diameter, with preload adjustment, compression and extension, 120mm travel
Rear TypePro-Link Unit with HMAS shock absorber with gas charge, preload adjustable in 10 positions and adjustment of compression and extension without positions, 137mm of travel.

Showa Balance-Free Rear Cushion rear shock absorber with preload, compression and extension adjustment.

Front Tire Size17 inches x 3.5
Rear Tire Size17 inches x 6.0
Front tire120/70-ZR17

Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP

Bridgestone RS11

Rear Tire200/55-ZR17

Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP

Bridgestone RS11

Type of ABS System2 channel
Forward330mm double disc with 4-piston Nissin radial caliper
RearSimple 220mm disc with 2 piston Brembo caliper
Security systemHISS
Rear lightLED



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