Fire­blade

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999cc in­line-four 189bhp and 84ftlbs 196kg (kerb) £16,249 The Fire­blade and SP have had their elec­tron­ics tick­led to ad­dress crit­i­cisms over too-keen in­ter­ven­tion. Honda have sep­a­rated some con­trol sys­tems and backed-off the nan­ny­ing of oth­ers. The Se­lectable Torque Con­trol now takes tyre pro­file into ac­count, the wheelie con­trol is now sep­a­rate and there are three lev­els avail­able. Closed throt­tle re­ac­tion is 45% faster and ag­gres­sion has been in­creased when open­ing the throt­tle in Power Mode 1 for faster cor­ner ex­its. ABS in­ter­ven­tion has been re­duced to im­prove force prior to ac­ti­va­tion.

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