Honda Fireblade SP power boost

Honda has released Fireblade models in special livery before, but never a one-off special edition with so many performance as well as cosmetic upgrades.

The CBR1000RR SP Fireblade features special “factory engine internals” which surely means a boost in power and torque, although they are giving away few details and no power figures.

It also gets Öhlins front and rear suspension, Brembo mono block front brake callipers, a solo seat, Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP gold tyres and Tricolour livery.

It will arrive in Australian early next year, but pricing has not yet been released.

The scant engine upgrade details are factory-matched pistons and con-rods for optimum internal balance, improved inlet/exhaust gas flow and combustion efficiency.

However, the 999.8cc inline, four-cylinder engine shares the same cylinder head as the standard CBR1000RR Fireblade which has been updated for 2014 models.

Honda says the SP’s die-cast aluminium twin-spar frame has been slightly modified to suit the Öhlins suspension and “tuned” to increase rider feedback while the “rigidity balance” around the rear suspension mount has been revised to give “more flex and therefore feel, for traction”.

Brembo mono block four-piston callipers were chosen to match the increased performance of the Öhlins fork and while the calliper body is standard, Brembo made special pistons and used special pad material to provide “consistent and linear feel when braking hard from high speed”, says Honda.

While they don’t give tech specs such as weight, Honda claims there is a weight saving by going to a solo seat.

There is also no word on how many special edition models will be released, but it looks like a collector’s bike to me.

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