As expected, Honda has just presented the new Fireblade at the Eicma press conference. The reports in advance turned out to be true: It gets the name CBR1000RR-R, the Spy photos were real and it comes not just one version.
The new Fireblade is a completely new development. Optimized for the racetrack, it’s designed to deliver unprecedented levels of performance and control. The new in-line four-cylinder has the same values for bore and stroke as the engine from the MotoGP, in addition, it also uses technologies from the premier class.
“This year we are witnessing the birth of a new Fireblade. And our intentions are clear: The terrain of the CBR1000RR-R is clearly the racetrack, because here it can best play its first-class performance. The engine has the same bore and stroke as the RC213V. We chose to maintain a four-cylinder in-line configuration and even firing intervals, as this layout allows us the most freedom in packaging and top-line control, as well as easy control. We firmly believe that all motorcyclists can experience a whole new level of performance with our new CBR1000RR-R. It’s a machine that’s really in its element on the racetrack. “
- Short-stroke four-cylinder in-line engine for maximum power at high speeds
- Ultra-compact layout with “Semi-Cam” camshaft drive and the drive of the starter motor guided by the main shaft of the clutch
- Minimal internal friction due to ultra-hard diamond-like carbon (DLC) cam coatings and bypass channels at the bottom of the water jacket
- Rocker arm for valve actuation, titanium connecting rods and forged aluminum pistons to minimize inertial masses
- Ram Air duct through the control head to fill the airbox
- Titanium silencer, developed in cooperation with Akrapovic
The 1,000 cc four-cylinder has been completely redeveloped. It produces 160 kW (217.5 PS – 214.5 hp) at 14,500 rpm. The maximum torque of 113Nm is at 12,500 rpm.
To achieve this performance, larger valve diameters became necessary. Therefore, the values of the RC213V were used: 81 mm and 48.5 mm.
The engine has a “semi-cam” camshaft drive. To minimize friction, the cams have been DLC-coated (diamond-like carbon). This is the first time Honda has used a production motorcycle. It reduces the friction losses in the valve train by 35 percent.
- Electronic Throttle by Wire for faster response and improved feel
- Three selectable driving modes plus the option to adjust the power output, engine brake and wheelie control
- Traction control Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) for optimum torque management in nine stages
- Launch Control as standard equipment
The three standard driving modes provide the option to change engine performance and performance characteristics. The power parameter (P – Power) works here in five stages, with 5 representing the highest power level. There are three stages for the engine brake (EB). The same applies to the Wheelie Control (W), which one can also disable.
For the Wheelie Control the IMU collects information about the inclination angle of the CBR1000RR-R. In addition, there are speed sensors on the front and rear wheels to maintain torque and control the wheelie without compromising acceleration.
Traction control (HSTC – Honda Selectable Torque Control) can be set or deactivated in 9 steps. For the Launch Control, the engine speed can be selected in 1000 steps from 6,000 to 9,000 rpm.
The stoppage control and the ABS-controlled braking force are influenced by the current inclination of the motorcycle. There is one mode for the road wagon (Sport mode) and one for the racetrack
- New aluminum frame and swingarm improve weight distribution, center of gravity and stiffness balance for added handling and traction
- Six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) from Bosch for accurate vehicle dynamics and control of the work of all electronic systems
- Fully adjustable suspension elements from racing: Showa 43mm Big Piston Fork (BPF) front fork and Balance Free Rear Cushion Light (BFRC-Light) strut
- Honda Electronic Steering Damper (HESD): Showa’s new three-stage steering damper with IMU-based control for precise stability management
- New radial four-piston calipers from Nissin with ABS control and selectable modes SPORT / TRACK
Since the new engine is smaller than before, the frame and the swingarm has been renewed. This results in a completely new geometry of the Fireblade. They also wanted to achieve even more precise handling at high speeds, improved stability when accelerating & braking and more feeling for the grip limit.
The diamond frame is made of 2 mm thick aluminum. The wheelbase is 1,455 mm, the steering head angle and the track are 24 degrees and 102 mm (previously 1,405 mm, 23 degrees / 96 mm). As “wet weight” Honda gives 201 kg !!!
The new Fireblade gets a new electronic steering damper from Showa. The IMU now measures the vehicle states in six axes and replaces the previous 5-axis system.
At the front is a 43 mm Big Piston Fork (BPF) upside-down fork that is fully adjustable and has grown in length. This offers more freedom in terms of geometry wheels for the racetrack. The damping on the rear wheel takes over a Showa Balance Free Rear Cushion Light System (BFRC-Light), which of course is fully adjustable.
The CBR1000RR-R SP uses a 43 mm Öhlins NPX fork, which is part of Öhlins’ semi-active chassis. It is controlled by Öhlins Electronic Control (S-EC). The rear wheel uses an Öhlins TTX36 Smart-EC strut.
The standard version is braked with Nissin four-piston radial brake calipers that bite into 330 mm brake discs. Brembo Stylema four-piston calipers are installed on the SP.
The 6-inch rim gets a new geometry to save weight while maintaining rigidity. Mounted are 200/55-ZR17 at the rear and 120/70-ZR17 at the front.
Aerodynamics and equipment
- Aerodynamically optimized fairing, windscreen and mudguard minimize frontal and air resistance; flatter tank layout for even more compact driver position
- Winglets built into the fairing, modeled on the RC213V MotoGP machine, reduce wheelies and improve braking stability
- 5-inch color TFT display and simplified four-way switch on the left side of the handlebar make it easier to control the assistance systems
- Honda Smart Key System improves everyday comfort and reduces the design of the upper triple clamp
The new fairing has been aerodynamically optimized. Especially the air resistance including the driver in the race position was considered. It offers reduced lift and improved braking stability.
The tank has been lowered by 45 mm which reduces the frontal area of the driver lying on it (he can better “hide” behind the panel).
The lower fairing has been designed so that the air is directed downwards, which reduces air resistance to the tire in the dry and in the wet reduces the water on the tire. Thanks to the optimizations, the new Fireblade achieves a drag coefficient of 0.270.
High-speed downforce is provided by the winglets, which effectively produce the same downforce as the 2018 MotoGP bike. They prevent wheelie tilt when accelerating and provide more stability when braking and turning in bends.
Three wings each are mounted in the side fairing channels. As a result, they have no negative influence on the yaw and roll when turning.
The assistance systems can be adjusted via the full-color TFT display. Thanks to the smart key system, you do not need to put a key in the ignition, and the handlebar lock works without a key.
- Type 16-valve four-stroke DOHC four-cylinder, liquid cooling
- Displacement (in cm³) 999.9 / SP: 1.000 (? According to Honda)
- Valves per cylinder 4
- Bore & Stroke (in mm) 81 x 48.5
- compression 13.0 x 1
- Power 217,5 PS – 214,5 hp / 160 kW at 14,500 rpm
- Torque 113 Nm at 12,500 rpm
- Oil volume (in l) 4.0
- Mixture preparation PGM-DSFI
- Tank capacity (in l) 16.1
- Gasoline consumption (in l / 100km) 6.25
- Starter Electric
- Battery 12-6 YTZ7S
- Clutch multi-disc anti-hopping clutch, wet
- Power transmission 6-speed
- final drive chain
- Type “Twin Spar” aluminum composite frame
- Dimensions (LxWxH, in mm) 2,100 x 745 x 1,140
- Wheelbase (in mm) 1.455
- Steering head angle (in mm) 24 degrees
- Caster (in mm) 102
- Seat height (in mm) 830
- Ground clearance (in mm) 115
- Weight fully filled (in kg) 201
- suspension in front
- Showa 43 mm upside-down fork: “Big Piston” – damping system; Adjustment of preload, compression and rebound, 120 mm travel
- SP: 43 mm upside-down fork: Öhlins NPX Smart-EC; Adjustment of preload, compression and rebound, 125 mm travel
- rear suspension
- Unit Pro-Link system with HMAS gas spring; 10-stage adjustment of spring preload; continuous adjustment of compression and rebound, 137 mm travel; Showa Balance-Free Rear Cushion system with preload, compression and rebound adjustment.
- SP: Pro Link system with Öhlins TTX36 Smart EC Gas Spring; Adjustment of spring preload; Adjustment of compression and rebound, 143 mm travel
- Front rim size (in inches) 17 x 3.5
- Rim size rear (in inches) 17 x 6.0
- Front tire size 120/70-ZR17
- Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP
- Bridgestone RS11
- Rear tire size 200/55-ZR17
- Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP
- Bridgestone RS11
- ABS type 2-channel
- 330 mm double disc with
- radial Nissin 4-piston calipers
- SP: 330 mm double disc with
- Brembo 4-piston calipers
- 220 mm disc with
- Brembo 2-piston calipers
- SP: 220 mm disc with
- Brembo 2-piston calipers
INSTRUMENTS & ELECTRICS
- instruments TFT-LCD
- Headlight LED
- Taillight LED