Thursday, November 06, 2014

Honda unveil Marquez-replica Fireblade SP, hope MotoGP association will help push sales

2015 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP 2015 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP
2015 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP 2015 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP 2015 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP
No 200bhp here, but sorted engine and chassis, and no.93 on the fairing. Marc Marquez fans will love the 2015 Fireblade SP

While other manufacturers are busy unveiling 200bhp litre-class superbikes to lure buyers, Honda have chosen to continue with the CBR1000RR without any changes, though they have added a Marc Marquez-replica Fireblade SP to the line-up and are hoping that the MotoGP association will help sales.

Now, while the new Honda Fireblade SP doesn’t have 200bhp, it’s still a perfectly competent machine, with high-spec components that include Öhlins suspension at both ends, Brembo monobloc calipers for the front brakes, Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tyres, lighter rear subframe, a windscreen optimised for high-speed aerodynamics (rather than weather protection), uprated cylinder heads and factory-matched engine internals. The Repsol #93 MotoGP replica paintjob might not do too much for the CBR’s engine performance and handling, but the Marquez angle might work for some. And for those who don’t like the Repsol colours, the HRC tri-colour paint looks pretty good.

A range of accessories are available for the 2015 Fireblade SP, including a carbonfibre rear hugger, carbonfibre crankcase covers, black-tinted high windscreen, tank pad and fuel filler cover sets, comfort seat, maintenance stand, a tank bag, wheel sticker set, battery optimiser and fairing scuff guards.

2015 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP: Tech Specs

Engine: 999.8cc, liquid-cooled fuel-injected 4-stroke 16-valve DOHC inline-4
Bore x Stroke: 76 x 55.1mm
Compression ratio: 12.3:1
Power: 178bhp at 12,250rpm
Torque: 114Nm at 10,500rpm
Fuel tank capacity: 17.5L
Fuel consumption: 18.0km/l
Front suspension: Fully adjustable 43mm Ohlins NIX30 USD fork
Rear suspension: Fully adjustable gas-charged Ohlins TTX36 Unit Pro-Link monoshock
Wheels: 17-inch cast aluminium
Tyres: 120/70 (front), 190/50 (rear)
Front brakes: Twin 320mm discs with Brembo 4-piston monobloc radial-mount calipers
Kerb weight: 210kg (with ABS)

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For those who might be interested, the regular, non-SP CBR1000RR Fireblade will also still be available in 2015

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