2017’S SPECIAL ONES
BMW HP4 RACE £68,000 212bhp 171kg
You wait all your life for a carbonframed production bike and two come along at once. The new HP4 RACE has a 7.8kg carbon fibre twin spar frame, self-supporting seat unit and wheels, but unlike the Ducati has an aluminium swingarm. Power is up to 212bhp and the inline four- cylinder motor is fitted with a closeratio gearbox. It has BMW’S latest- evolution electronic rider aids and it’s dripping with race parts, including racing Öhlins, Brembos, and a 2D dash.
Honda Fireblade SP2 £22,000 n/abhp n/akg
Honda have gone quiet about their homologation special SP2 and we’re still unsure of its exact power, weight, price or even when it will arrive in the UK. Only 500 will be produced and it’s been built as a base for their WSB racer. It has lightweight forged aluminium Marchesini wheels, carbon fibre fairing inserts and a host of Rc213v-s-derived engine mods including new pistons, lighter gudgeon pins, larger valves, different valve angles, a new combustion chamber shape, elongated spark plugs and a revised water jacket design.