The Honda Fireblade has been a name that has always been attached to their success in MotoGP ever since it was first introduced in 1991, and it rewrote the definition of a sports bike with its exceptional power-to-weight ratio. Now, nearly 29 years later since the very first CBR900R Fireblade, Honda is releasing a limited-edition 2021 CBR1000RR-R for the US markets and it will be available starting June 2020. This new Fireblade was first unveiled simultaneously by Honda USA in Torrance, California, and at the 2019 EICMA show in Milan. Dubbed as the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP, it's gonna be a track-ready superbike redesigned from the ground-up since its last significant update in 2017 with the same MotoGP racing roots but made street-legal. In case you’re wondering, yes, attaching more R’s to its name signifies more speed and performance from its predecessor.
The new 2021 Fireblade is powered by a 999 cc, inline-four engine capable of producing 215 hp and 114 Nm of peak torque. It is capable of reaching a top speed of 186 km/h, but rumor has it that it could go beyond that. The speedometer’s reading just stops at 186. Its motor has the same bore and stroke as Marc Marquez’s race bike, the RC213V-S giving it an astounding oversquare design with the 81mm piston traveling a stroke of just 48.5mm. In other words, while the engine shares the same characteristics as Marc Marquez’s RC213V-S, not everyone can drive like Marc Marquez. The CBR1000RR-R Fireblade is downplayed a little bit for normal folks such as ourselves to enjoy this machine.
It does, however, share the same aerodynamics as its MotoGP counterpart as it is now equipped with winglets that are capable of generating more downforce at high speeds. This is the Japanese’s answer to the Italians when Ducati released the new Panigale V4R attached with winglets on its fairings.
As with other tech features, the Fireblade comes with a six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit, three-level Honda Electronic Steering Damper, which would keep the handlebars stable even during high speeds, selectable Torque Control, second-generation Öhlins Smart Electronic Control, quick shifter, an adjustable start mode, and wheelie control. Couple this with Honda Racing’s Red White and Blue livery, and you got yourself a motorcycle with the makings of a track star during your weekend visits to the speedway.
With an official price tag set at $28,500, it is significantly much cheaper than the Panigale V4R. However, you get to have a motorcycle that shares the same characteristics as Marc Marquez’s winning bike, poised as one of the most successful motorcycle racers of all time.
It is not certain when or even if the Philippines will be receiving a machine such as this, as we have not yet received an official announcement from Honda Philippines. If its price would not be too far from the United States, it would run at around Php 1.46M. However, prices would always vary per region, even if we get this limited-edition Fireblade on Philippine shores.