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2020 Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade is the most powerful EVER!

Written by Parichay Malvankar

Honda has revealed the 2020 CBR1000RR-R Fireblade supersport motorcycle with an all-new 4-cylinder engine. This isn’t a V4 which we were expecting, but it is the most powerful Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade ever and we’re not complaining. The bike looks radically different compared to the outgoing Fireblade and will now pick up a fight with the Ducati Panigale V4, Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R and the BMW S1000RR. Honda also has the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP on offer.

Honda has now plonked an all-new ultra compact engine in the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade which has the same bore and stroke as the MotoGP RC213V motorcycle. The engine makes use of a semi-cam gear train, titanium connecting rods, friction reduction tech, finger-follower rocker arms, piston jets with check ball setup for this 999.9cc, 4-cylinder, in-line, liquid-cooled motor. Honda also has oil sprayed over the pistons for better cooling. Talking about cooling, the new air intake mimics the RCV213V-S. So, the big talk is, the Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade now produces 214 HP of power @ 14500 RPM and 113 Nm of torque @ 12500 RPM matched to a 6-speed gearbox with slipper assist clutch. The new motorcycle now pumps 26 BHP more than the older motorcycle.

One look at the 2020 Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade and the MotoGP inspired winglets are the biggest highlight. The bike now gets sleeker full LED headlamps, turn indicators mounted on the rear view mirrors, clear front windscreen, full fairing with better aerodynamics, split seat design, fuel tank with aero ducts, full size exhaust from Akrapovic, LED tail lamps, full digital colour display instrument cluster and multi-spoke alloy wheels among other changes.

The bike is now compliant with the Euro 5 emission norms but the weight with the emission compliant equipment is up from the older models 195 kg to 201 kg with the 2020 Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade. The new bike has a 30.5mm longer swing arm and the wheelbase is increased by 48mm along with a higher centre of gravity. The bike will get fully adjustable Ohlins suspension with electronic assists along with Brembo Stylema brakes for the SP version. Honda now claims that the CBR1000RR-R slips through air more effectively with a coefficient of drag as low as 0.270.

Other features on the bike include launch control, new throttle components, 6-axis IMU, slip rate control, ABS with Sport & Track modes, traction control, quickshifter, wheelie control, etc.

Honda will launch this all-new CBR1000RR-R Fireblade in India by mid-2020.