2020 Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade revealed

2020 Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade revealed

Known among Malaysian sports riders as the “Rabbit”, the Honda CBR1000RR, also known as the Fireblade, has a sterling reputation. The ante is now been upped with the all-new 2020 Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade, drawing on Honda Racing Corporation’s experience in MotoGP where it has amassed the most class wins.

Destined from the outset to compete in the World Superbike Championship, the CBR1000RR-R uses a chassis and bodywork derived from the Honda RC213V-S race replica with the inline-four engine producing 214 hp at 14,500 rpm and 113 Nm of torque at 12,500 rpm. Race technology is liberally applied in the CBR1000RR-R with the use of titanium connecting rods, forged pistons and finger-follower rocker arms for valve actuation.

The frame looks like it has been taken off the MotoGP grid, made from aluminium alloy and increased rigidity in the vertical plane as well as torsional resistance but with more ‘give’ in the horizontal to boost grip and feel. The swingarm of the 2021 Fireblade is also longer than before to increase stability and is made from 18 individual pieces of welded alloy.

Naturally, a full suite of rider aids accompanies the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade with Honda Selectable Torque Control (HTSC), power, engine braking and wheelie control with the addition of start mode for those holeshot starts. Also in the-fit out is a three-level electronic steering damper made by Showa for Honda, up-and-down quickshifter and second generation Ohlins electronic suspension.

Braking is done with Brembo Stylema callipers on 330 mm diameter discs and two-level ABS is standard. Aerodynamic sensibility pervades the new Fireblade with the rider position designed for pure racetrack work, aided by winglets on the sides of the fairing for downforce at speed.

No word yet on pricing for the Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade but we can safely assume it won’t be far off what is being asked for machines like the Ducati Panigale V4 R. Delivery for the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade is expected in June of 2020 and with colour options being HRC racing livery in red, white and blue or Black.

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Coming with diverse and extensive experience in heavy engineering, Mohan enjoys making anything with wheels go fast, especially motorcycles. His weapon of choice is the Desmoquattro engine, and he has a penchant for anything with a dash of Italian design. Strangely enough, he insists he's a slow rider.



  • mann Bell on Nov 05, 2019 at 11:14 am

    in 2050 this will become CBR1000RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR-R

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  • Sohai on Nov 05, 2019 at 11:19 am

    Japanese can make good bikes…
    But they sure as hell dont have any idea how to name a bike. Just keep slapping more ‘R’ s at the back of it…
    3 zeros with 3 R?? No wonder they need comma and hyphen to facilitate the counting…

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    • Sarcamzzzz on Nov 05, 2019 at 1:13 pm

      Well there sure means something.
      CBR1000RR-R means CityBikeRacing1000RaceReplica-Rider.

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    • Wakkakakaka on Nov 05, 2019 at 1:16 pm

      For bohhhhsiaaa…cbr is cari bohhjannn rider.
      For bohhhjannn…cbr is cari bohhsiaaa rider. Muahahaha.

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    • Ah Chong on Nov 05, 2019 at 2:04 pm

      Reminds me of that funny tv show asking Japanese to write English. 10 = ten, 100 = teen, 1000 = teeen.

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  • Jonn Dol on Nov 05, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    Ducati V4 R will have a tough time next year!

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  • Not mentioning SP variant and standard variant?

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    • Jonn Dol on Nov 06, 2019 at 2:19 pm

      For the last 10 years when it comes to Superbike, Honda had been the most conservative. Getting whiped by fellow Japanese rivals not to mention the Europeans. Honda now finally joins the 200bhp with a bang. Curious to see what new updates the rest of the Big 4 will bring in EICMA this weekend..

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