New Honda Fireblade revealed

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Honda has revealed two new versions of the Fireblade in the form of the SP and SP2.

The latest CBR1000RR will get lots of bikers excited with the new model tweaked for the first time since the RC213V-S was unleashed last year.

And the RC213V-S has influenced the latest iteration of the famous bike with both versions receiving a traction control unit from one of 2015’s most talked about bikes.

The traction control unit, or the Honda Selectable Torque System (HSTC), works alongside a new Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), cornering ABS and Selectable Engine Braking (SEB).

A Suspension Control Unit (SCU), Downshift Assist, Ride Mode Select System (RMSS) and Power Selector also feature, giving the new Fireblade a comprehensive list of driver aids and electronics.

The engine

The engine comes in the form of a 999cc four-cylinder unit with a claimed 189hp – 11hp more than its predecessor.

Its performance improvements are the result of revised pistons and a new design which brings with it 2kg in weight saving.

How does the SP2 differ from the SP?

For starters, only 500 versions of the SP2 will be built by Honda and it’s built for race use only.

In terms of performance the output sits at 189hp however it weighs one kilogram less, boosting power-to-weight ratio slightly compared to the SP.

The SP2 also comes with larger cylinder heads, altered valve angles and optimised combustion chambers, all to improve performance on the track.

More obvious changes come in the form of a new HRC sport or race kit that bring with them track-inspired exhaust kits and swingarms.

The new Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP and SP2 will arrive in the UK next year.

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