The 2017 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade is most technologically advanced version of the motorcycle till date. A slew of mechanical and electronic upgrades have brought it on par with the new generation litre-class superbikes.
While the design philosophy is similar to the previous bike, the lines have been revised to improve airflow. It gets all-LED headlamps and an adaptive TFT instrument console, which automatically adjusts brightness according to ambient light. The 999cc inline-four engine develops 190bhp and 114Nm of torque. It is mated to a six-speed transmission with slipper clutch. The new frame and other weight saving measures have helped the new ‘Blade shed 15kg over the outgoing model.
The electronics package includes nine-level adjustable traction control, a Bosch ABS system, rear lift control and wheelie control, with the feedback coming from a five-axis IMU. There are three riding modes – Track, Winding and Street.
The CBR1000RR Fireblade is offered in two colours – red and black. It competes with other superbikes like the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R, Suzuki GSX-R1000, BMW S1000RR, Yamaha YZF-R1 and the Aprilia RSV4.