Honda has finally caught up with the sports bike hi-tech parade with its 2017 Fireblade SP and SP2 revealed overnight at the INTERMOT show in Cologne.
It’s been seven years since the Fireblade had any updates apart from cosmetics and an SP edition.
Now it comes with a wide range of electronic rider aids including cornering ABS, up/down quick shifter with downshift assist, riding and power modes, and sophisticated traction control from its quarter-million-dollar RC213V-S.
While it is a svelte 196kg wet, it has increased 8kW to 140kW of power, which still leaves it behind the others in the category.
But the Fireblade has always been about power-to-weight ratio which has been improved by 14% and a rideability that others lacked.
Honda will make only 500 SP2 versions with the same power and only 1kg lighter. The SP2 features lightweight Marchesini wheels and redesigned valves, combustion chamber and pistons; a kit will be available to make it ready for circuit use for racing and leisure.