After its worldwide reveal at the 2019 EICMA motorcycle show in Italy, the 2020 Honda CBR1000RR-R was unveiled at Sepang International Circuit during the 2019 Races of Malaysia. The CBR1000RR-R replaces the CBR1000RR and features design and styling taken from Honda’s MotoGP racing motorcycles.

Intended for competition in the World Superbike Championship (WSBK) that is currently dominated by the Kawasaki ZX-10RR, the CBR1000RR-R uses a chassis and bodywork derived from the Honda RC213V-S race replica with 214 hp at 14,500 rpm and 113 Nm of torque at 12,500 rpm coming from the inline-four. Racing technology features in the CBR1000RR-RR with items such as titanium connecting rods, forged pistons and finger-follower rocker arms for valve actuation.

The base model CBR1000RR-R displayed comes with Showa fully-adjustable front forks with Nissin brakes callipers while the SP version will come with Brembo Stylema callipers and Ohlins electronic suspension. Riding aids abound on the CBR1000RR-R with Honda Selectable Torque Control (HTSC), power, engine braking and wheelie control with the addition of launch control.

The frame is all new and is designed to be stiffer in the vertical plane with increased torsional resistance but more compliant in the horizontal axis to boost grip and feel. Winglets now sprout from either side of the fairing as aerodynamic aids but we think its utility on the CBR1000RR-R for road use will be more cosmetic than functional.

There is no pricing as yet for the 2020 Honda CBR1000RR-R in Malaysia and as to when it might be available for sale, Boon Siew Honda declined to commit to a date. However, a source inside Boon Siew said the CBR1000RR-R might make it to Malaysia “sooner rather than later.”