Honda will soon pull the plug off its middleweight supersports motorcycle, the CBR600RR, from the UK and the European market due to non-compliance with the Euro 4 emission norms. The new norms are scheduled to come into effect from January 1, 2017. Moreover, there is no word from Honda about a CBR600RR successor. Sources revealed to motoring portal MotorcycleNews that there will not be a European replacement for the CBR600RR. The Japanese two-wheeler maker, however, can sell a limited number of bikes in the UK and the European market post January 1, 2017 under ‘derogation’ rules.
Honda will continue to sell the existing model in other markets which are yet to adopt Euro 4 norms. Sources also claim that the cost involved in developing a Euro 4 compliant CBR600RR is expensive and the process is long and complex. Moreover, the sales of the middleweight supersport have tumbledown by a great margin which was another reason for killing the CBR600RR from the UK and the European market. Honda will continue to sell the Euro 4 compliant CBR650F in the UK and European market. However, the demise of CBR600RR will put a huge void in the company’s product portfolio.
Sources close to the development told MCN, “It’s not been an easy decision to make for some at Honda because the CBR600 is a bike that has had a great deal of importance to the company over the years but the fact is this model isn’t selling in the numbers needed to make it viable for another model to be developed. The work needed to get this bike through Euro4 is expensive and there is a lot of detail work to be done to make the bike legal. In order to keep the character of the CBR600RR intact and keep it legal requires a lot more work than it first appears. This work adds weight, complexity and cost. The weight would then need to be removed from somewhere else and then the bike gets more expensive still.”
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Source: Motorcycle News