- 2020 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade spied on test at a race track - Will feature active aerodynamics winglet pods on the side fairing - Expected to be officially unveiled soon
Following the leaked patent images of the 2020 CBR1000RR Fireblade, a video has emerged on the internet of its test mule being test ridden on a racetrack. While the motorcycle was heavily camouflaged to hide the design and other components, it does reveal some information about the upcoming superbike from Honda. Looking at the spied images, the test bike seemed to have the same twin-spar aluminium frame used in the current model, although expect few changes to have been done to further improve the design. The fairing is a complete departure for the existing model as it features active aerodynamics winglet pods on either side to generate more downforce on acceleration, to maintain stability at higher speeds and to allow better front-end grip on braking and cornering. Furthermore, the swingarm present on the test bike was different and could have been derived from Honda’s WorldSBK learnings.
Coming to the cycle parts, the motorcycle seems to be equipped with top-spec Showa units at the front. Expect a corresponding Showa monoshock for the rear to complete the setup. As for braking, the bike was kitted with top-spec Brembo GP series calipers, hinting that the test bike could either be a top-spec version of the superbike.
Regarding the powertrain, it seemed that the test bike was bolted with an all-new motor as the positioning of the gear shifter linkage is different from the current model. Even the engine coverings are different along with other shrouds further confirming it to be a new mill. The video confirmed the typical exhaust note of the inline-four mill which puts to rest the rumours of Honda shifting to a V4 engine configuration.
According to reports, it is rumoured that the official unveiling of 2020 edition of the CBR1000RR Fireblade is close and can be expected to be a question of a few weeks. Stay tuned for more updates!