The CBR1000RR-R, which made its debut in 2020 with a maximum output of a threatening 218 PS, is likely to undergo a full model change for the 2024 model year. And this is said to be the last full-power model, and it will be thoroughly perfected before the emission regulations are tightened. I would like to make some predictions as to what kind of model it will be.
RR-R debuts to win Superbike
The 1000cc supersport, the most powerful motorcycle on the market, is now commonly equipped with a power output of 200 PS or more. This is because they are also designed to be used in races, and are contested in the highest production motorcycle racing class called Superbike.
Honda is a dominant force in MotoGP, where it competes on pure race machines, despite its poor performance in recent years, but it has been 20 years since it last won a rider's title on a superbike. This is an unusual situation given Honda's DNA as a racing company.
To overcome this situation, the CBR1000RR-R has been introduced in the Superbike World Championship (SBK) starting in 2020, and it is no exaggeration to say that this model was developed to win in SBK. It delivers 218 PS, 26 PS more than the conventional CBR1000RR, and has quickly eliminated its previous standstill.
However, over the past three years, the CBR1000RR-R's best result in SBK was 3rd place, and that was only three times in total, once in each season for Race 1 and 2. Since there were high expectations for the unprecedented power of the RR-R, the team is expected to make thorough adjustments to the machine based on these results.
New CBR1000RR-R is the last full power
The new CBR1000RR-R is said to be introduced in light of the upcoming stricter emission regulations and is expected to squeeze out as much power as possible under the current Euro 5/20202 emission regulations. And it appears that this will be the last full model change.
The schedule would have it appear at the Tokyo Motor Show (renamed the Japan Mobility Show) in October 2023 or the Milan Show in November. In Japan, it is expected to be launched in January 2024, so it should be certified for racing and ready for the 2024 season.
2022 CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP Japan Specifications Main Specifications (Reference)
Overall Length x Overall Width x Overall Height: 2100 x 745 x 1140mm
Seat height: 830mm
Vehicle weight: 201 kg
Engine: Liquid-cooled 4-stroke, in-line 4-cylinder, DOHC 4-valve, 999cc
Maximum output: 218 PS at 14500 rpm
Maximum torque: 11.5kg-m/12500rpm
Fuel tank capacity: 16 liters
Transmission: 6-speed return
Brakes: F=W disc, R=disc
Tires: F=120/70ZR17, R=200/55ZR17
Price: (approx.) 20715 USD