Saying that the current generation Honda CBR1000RR (A.K.A. Fireblade) needs an overhaul will be an understatement. It’s not secret either that the motorcycle will arrive some time in 2017, along with the RVF1000 V4. The current generation CBR1000RR has been around for quite some time and besides the occasional visual updates, we really haven’t seen many groundbreaking changes in this litre-class from the Minato-ku, Tokyo based manufacturer. The hopes were really high especially after looking at those renders from some of the Japanese magazines.
So after waiting for a very long time, we finally saw the next generation Honda CBR1000RR in production guise (Courtesy: Sandro Rubinic via Twitter) and it’s not as radically designed machine as we had expected it to be. That, The front of the CBR1000RR in the spy images does remind us of the 2016 Honda CBR500R.
What’s really keeping us excited is what’s under that fairing. The motorcycle was seen on a track, probably getting shot through the lens for promotional activities. The details are few and we are still not sure weather Honda will continue to use the straight four or opt for a RC214V-S sourced V-4 engine on the next generation CBR1000RR.
While we cannot comment on the technical specification front, we expect (and really hope) this next gen litre-class from Honda to boast near 200PS of power which is the current benchmark in its segment. We can also see a new (and rather big) exhaust canister which will probably help the new CBR1000RR successfully comply with the Euro-IV norms. Apart from a powerful motor, the CBR1000RR is also likely a whole host of electronic updates too.
We may hear some news about the new Honda CBR1000RR at the upcoming EICMA motorcycle show. Till then, let us know your views through the comments section below.
Image Source: Sandro Rubinic