About a week ago, Honda Japan released a teaser video of its upcoming CBR600RR and announced its impending release. The short clip revealed that the new and improved CBR600RR is expected to launch on August 21, 2020, which got us all excited about the return of the beloved middleweight supersport bike. Well, considering Honda Philippines has a rather conservative lineup when it comes to its big bike offerings, we definitely have a better chance of seeing the bike in the metal more than the United States or Europe.
News broke out from other publications suggested that the new model teased on the video wouldn’t be making its way to the States or Europe. A Honda spokesman gave a statement to another online publication and said “If you are talking about the teaser that Japan released last week, we do not have any plans to sell that model into the U.S.”
This was quite puzzling to hear considering that the U.S.A. is among the few countries that still offer the CBR600RR’s current generation. Another concern that seems to have been taken into consideration is its price point. It was also reported that Honda’s dilemma in terms of its pricing is that the current generation CBR600RR sells at $11,799 in the United States and the new updates would surely give it a significant increase in price. Considering that the current generation CBR1000RR is priced at $16,499 while the Kawasaki ZX-10R goes for $15,399, people could end up opting to spend a little bit more for a bigger literbike instead. Much like the same problem of the Kawasaki ZX-25R’s price disparity compared to much larger bikes within its range like the Ninja 400, and Ninja 650.
On the other hand, as far as the European market is concerned, the current generation CBR600RR was forced out of the market in 2017 after failing to meet the Euro 4 emissions standards in effect back then. Today, motorcycle news publications also pointed out that the new model also wouldn’t be able to meet the more stringent requirements set forth by Euro 5 emissions standards.
One thing is for sure, the new CBR600RR is coming out, and the teaser video released in Japan confirms this. However, with the new updates, Honda didn’t see it as feasible to market it in the U.S.A. or Europe. We could only hope that it would at least make it to Japan’s neighboring countries including ours. In any case, we would be sure to keep everyone updated should any more news come up.