The 2020 Honda Fireblade CBR1000RR-R will join the 200hp+ club with MotoGP winglets and an engine and frame inspired by the RC213V.
Ahead of the EICMA motorcycle show unveiling tonight (5 November 2019) in Milan, the company has released full technical details of its iconic sportsbike.
Power to the people
The most important detail for most fans will be the fact that power is up from 141kW (189hp) at 13,000 revs to 160Kw (214hp) at 14,500rpm.
Torque is down by 1Nm to 113Nm at 12,500rpm which is 1500 revs more.
The compact inline four now has the same bore and stroke as the RC213V as well as internal friction reduction tech.
It not only finally catches up with the 200hp+ club, but also joins many modern models with a smart key, full-colour TFT screen and fly-by-wire throttle.
The latter allows updated technology with three riding modes, launch control, wheelie control, electronic steering damper and an upgraded torque control all managed by a six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit.
Air is now rammed straight through the front of the fairing into the airbox and the exhaust is a 4-2-1 system developed with Akrapovic.
The CBR1000RR-R is suspended on a Showa 43mm Big Piston Fork and Showa Balance-Free Rear Cushion Light shock with a longer swingarm like the RC213V-S.
There is also an SP version with higher-grade Brembo brakes and second-generation semi-active Öhlins Electronic Control with 43mm NPX forks and TTX36 Smart-EC shock.
Watch the video below of world champ Marc Marquez riding the SP version.
The 2020 Fireblades have a lighter aluminium diamond frame with the rear shock mounted to the back of the engine which means no upper cross-member.
Like many modern bikes it has a full-colour TFT display that is fully customisable through a four-way controller on the left switchblock.
It comes standard with a smart key fob for keyless start.
The MotoGP winglets are part of the restyled aero which includes a lower fuel tank (still 16 litres capacity) and a more compact riding position which may not suit tall Aussie riders.
CBR1000RR-R and SP tech specs
Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 16-valve DOHC Inline-4
Engine Displacement (cm³)
No. of Valves per Cylinder
Bore × Stroke (mm)
81mm x 48.5mm
13.0 x 1
Max. Power Output
160kW @ 14,500
113Nm @ 12,500
Fuel Tank Capacity
Wet, multiplate hydraulic clutch with assist slipper
Aluminium composite twin spar
Dimensions (L x W x H)
2100 x 745 x 1140mm
Showa Telescopic inverted fork with an inner tube diameter of 43 mm, and a Big Piston Front Fork with preload, compression and rebound adjustment, 120mm stroke