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All-new Honda CBR600RR to be introduced at Malaysian MotoGP 2020?

Nizam Shaikh
Written by Nizam Shaikh

Back in 2003, Honda introduced the CBR600RR as the successor to the Honda CBR600F4i and the bike was positioned as one of the most advanced two-wheelers derived from the Honda RC211V MotoGP bike developed by the Honda Racing Corporation. The brand kept upgrading the Honda CBR600RR until 2017 when it saw the end of production. But reports in the past have suggested that the brand is likely to restart production on the CBR600RR. 

Now a new report suggests that the brand is likely to introduce a series production model of the Honda CBR600RR before the end of 2020. Unconfirmed reports specifically point that the brand could unveil the bike at the Malaysian round of the MotoGP scheduled to take place between the 30th October 2020 and 1st November 2020, depending upon travel restrictions and new policies in view of COVID-19 pandemic. 

The brand was earlier speculated to introduce the CBR600RR-R model the extra ‘R’ in the nomenclature suggesting added equipment and a race-tuned engine along with aerodynamic features on the bodywork similar to the aero-winglets on the elder sibling, the Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade. It is also expected to feature similar styling features drawn from the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade. But for 2020/21 the brand could only bring the ‘double R’ version to make it available to a wider audience who wish to upgrade from the CBR500 and the CBR650R. 

The end-of-line CBR600RR was powered by a 599cc four-cylinder, four-stroke, four-valve per cylinder DOHC engine that produced around 120 hp of power and 60 Nm of torque matched to a 6-speed gearbox. It is also being hypothesized that the CBR600RR could feature an advanced electronics package similar to its elder sibling. 

Honda also produced and provided 600cc four-cylinder engines for the Moto2 class racing, since 2010 which were speculated to develop around 150hp of power. But, Honda engines were replaced by Triumph’s 765cc three-cylinder engines since the 2019 season where the Hinckley based company has broken pretty much all of the previous track records in its debut year. 

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