- Production bike to be showcased at 2018 EICMA Show
- Will go on sale next year
- To continue using an inline four engine
The report has also quashed rumours about Honda going for a V4 engine for the 2019 ‘Blade. Honda is indeed developing a new V4 engine for a production bike, although this will end up propelling the new RVF1000. The Fireblade will continue with an inline-four engine, which will develop 212bhp, making it the most powerful bike in the segment. Currently, this crown lies with Ducati Panigale V4, which churns out 211bhp.
The new Fireblade will also benefit from a new frame. As for the aesthetics, the new Fireblade will get a new design with a central air-duct at the front to redirect air directly into the intake, a technology seen in the CBR600RR. There will also be a limited edition SP2 variant with carbon-fibre fairing and titanium exhaust, similar to BMW’s HP4 Race.
Honda had introduced a long-overdue update for the CBR1000RR less than two years ago. However, this bike was just an interim measure to mollify the enthusiasts until the all-new bike was ready for 2019. The motorcycle is expected to break cover at the 2018 EICMA Show in November. It will go on sale in early 2019.