The new Fireblade is here! After full 12 years, we are finally seeing a complete overhaul of the ultimate superbike, the undisputed leader in its class. The new model comes as 2020 Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade and brings a full pack of novelties. It brings improvements in all aspects, particularly in terms of performances. Everything has been completely redesigned – chassis, engine, suspension etc. As a result, we have the most powerful engine in the class, superior handling and performances and all that comes in a combination with Honda’s unparalleled reliability reputation. The new model may look familiar but under the skin, everything is completely new. We have no doubt that the new 2020 Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade will make a great success on the market.
2020 Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade Engine
This model has always been famous for its excellent engine, which now comes with significant revisions. Of course, most of the influence comes from the MotoGP version, and the results are really amazing. The engine now features the biggest bore among all 1000cc inline-four engines. Additionally, we should mention things like a semi-cam gear train, finger-follower rocker arms, titanium con-rods, RC213V-S internal friction reduction technologies, piston jets and more.
As a result, we have the most powerful inline-four engine in the class, with an impressive 214 horsepower. There is no need to say how great this engine works. Of course, its peak starts over 11.000 rpm, but there is plenty of power at lower revs as well. Another important thing to mention is that the engine takes less space than before, which allowed a lot of reworks on the chassis. In order to make things more compact and provide better handling the rear block of the engine is even used as a mount for the upper shock. That’s a design solution we haven’t seen for a very long time.
2020 Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade Chassis and Suspension
As we’ve just mentioned, the new model may feature a familiar look, but you will find a significant redesign under the skin. First of all, there is a completely new aluminum chassis, along with the new swingarm. Compared to the previous model, weight distribution is different, while the center of gravity is even lower. That ensures even better handling and overall performance. As we also mentioned, the engine features a smaller physical size, which has completely changed the geometry of the new chassis, which is more rigid than before and able to deal with pretty much everything.
Another big thing we should mention is the change in terms of ergonomics. Handlebars have been moved forward, while the footpegs aren’t just moved back, but they are also positioned a little bit higher. All this provides a more aggressive riding position, so it’s not hard to conclude that the new 2020 Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade is all about performances.
Another nice novelty is a new 5-inch color screen, which is characterized by excellent graphics and fast response. It features every info you’ll ever need, while visibility is excellent in all conditions. There is a small switch on the left, which allows you to change screen settings in accordance with your preferences. On the other side, the horn is still in the same place, in the position many don’t like but get used to it quickly. This is a track-focused bike, so you won’t find too many optional features. For example, you can’t get adaptive cruise control, nor heated grips. On the other side, you can get a USB socket.
Price and Warranty
The 2020 Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade is already available in Europe, while the North American model is expected to hit the market this June. The base price will go around 28.500 dollars. When it comes to warranty, you may count on one-year, unlimited-mileage coverage, which can be extended with Honda Protection Plan.