American Nicky Hayden (left) says the latest Fireblade boasts the best power to weight ratio yet.
New Fireblade boasts the best power to weight ratio yet in the legend’s line-up
HONDA has launched the CBR1000RR Fireblade SP, calling the superbike “the next stage of total control”.
A 15 kg weight reduction and eight kilowatt power boost gives the new Fireblade its best yet power to weight ratio. It’s also equipped with semi-active Öhlins Electronic Control suspension, plus Honda Selectable Torque Control, Selectable Engine Brake, new ABS, Quickshifter, Downshift Assist, Riding Mode Select System and Power Selector. RC213V-S MotoGP derived technology elevates the riding experience even further.
Under the tank, the 2017 Fireblade boasts the first inline fourcylinder engine from Honda to use Throttle by Wire (TBW) control. Peak power is 141 kW at 13 000 rpm, with peak torque of 116 Nm delivered at 11 000 rpm/ 10 500 rpm. Bore and stroke remain 76x55,1. Bottom-end torque and power are improved, and three modes of engine output character can be chosen from.
The Fireblade also employs an enhanced version of the Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) used on the RC213V-S.
The system controls engine torque via two sensing methods. The first uses wheel speed sensors to measure and compare front and rear-wheel speeds. When the FI-ECU detects rearwheel acceleration (and frontwheel deceleration) it reduces the TBW throttle position and thus output, keeping the front wheel on the ground.
Maximum application of the throttle is thus possible without fear of wheelies, with the support of Wheelie Control.
A Quickshifter is fitted as standard, as is Downshift Assist (with auto blipper) and new assist slipper clutch. To slow down into a corner, ABS delivers smooth, effective braking.
With information from the IMU, plus front and rear-wheel speed sensors, the ABS Modulator controls braking force according to lean angle, even when panic braking. But it also allows for hard trail braking by using two parameters (deceleration derived from wheel speed and front/ rear slip rates) plus lean angle to vary the threshold for ABS decompression. ABS delivers an extra sense of security when braking hard on the road, and offers a performance edge in certain conditions on the racetrack.
All lighting is crisp LED, with the twin front headlights offering high/low beam on both sides. Crowned with a sharply angled new logo, the Fireblade SP will be available in a tricolour paint option that uses red as its base (rather than white) and pays homage to Honda’s racing tradition and history.
Wing-motif patterns underpin the machine’s exclusivity.
A one-kilogram lithium-ion battery saves weight and provides reliable and consistent electrical charge.
Honda Motor Southern Africa will introduce the CBR1000RR Fireblade SP to its line-up next year.