Deliveries are set to commence towards the end of August
Honda had showcased the new CBR1000RR-R Fireblade and CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP at the 2019 EICMA Show in Milan. Already launched in many countries, Honda has now revealed that launch in India is around the corner. Bookings for the same have commenced at Honda BigWing dealerships in the country. Deliveries are promised by the end of August.
Honda CBR 1000 RR-R Fireblade and CBR 1000 RR-R Fireblade SP will be coming to India as Completely Built-up (CBU) units. The two bikes mark the company’s entry into the liter class motorcycle segment and are the most powerful Honda Fireblade bikes as on date.
Honda has ensured improved aerodynamics on board the two Fireblade motorcycles. They will be seen with sleek LED headlamps separated by a central ram air duct offering unobstructed air flow. It also receives new fairing with winglets to create downforce comparable with that seen on the 2018 Honda RC2013V MotoGP.
Positioned on a new aluminum chassis, presenting greater flexibility, the new Honda Fireblades will offer improved riding dynamics. They will also come in with a new swingarm and longer wheelbase now measuring 1,455mm. The liter class bikes receive electronic rider aids with new Bosch 6-axis IMU and 9 levels of traction control and ABS.
Tipping the scales at 201 kgs, the Honda CBR 1000 RR-R Fireblade and CBR 1000 RR-R Fireblade SP will be powered by a 999.9 cc, four cylinder, liquid cooled engine offering 214 hp power at 14,500 rpm and 113 Nm torque at 12,500 rpm. Both the models receive Akrapovic exhaust as standard while the SP model also gets a quickshifter.
Transmission and braking for the Honda CBR 1000 RR-R Fireblade includes BPF fork in the front and Showa BFRC light monoshock at the rear. The Fireblade SP receives Öhlins electronic suspension both at the front and rear. Braking on both models are the same with 330mm disc in the front though the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade gets Nissin calipers and the Fireblade SP sports Brembo Stylema brake calipers.
In the UK, the 2021 CBR 1000 RR-R is priced at £20,000 (Rs 19.6 lakhs). The SP costs an additional £3,500 more – £23,500 (Rs 23 lakhs). In India, the 2019 Honda Fireblade was priced at Rs.16.43 lakhs. Considering these valuations, one can expect the base price in India to be in the region of Rs 20 lakhs, ex-sh. Once launched, these liter bikes will take on competition from the 2020 Kawasaki ZX-10R, BMW S1000RR and Ducati Panigale V4.