Honda has revealed the latest in its line of iconic Fireblade models.
The unveil, made at the Intermot motorcycle show in Cologne earlier this week, has been hotly anticipated since rumours of the new Blade began to surface.
With 2017 marking the Fireblade's 25th anniversary, the Japanese manufacturer pulled out all the stops, showcasing two versions of the bike: the CBR1000RR Fireblade SP and the Fireblade SP2 – a road legal homologation special. However, no mention was made to the stock 2017 Fireblade.
Honda's engineers have stayed true to the principles that made the original Fireblade the class-leading bike it was, however so advanced is the tech used on the new Blade, that they've dubbed it 'the next stage of Total Control'.
A 15kg weight reduction and 11bhp power boost over the previous model combines to give the new 189bhp Fireblade SP a 14 per cent improved power to weight ratio. Meanwhile technology derived from the manufacturer's RC213V-S MotoGP bike aims to further enhance the riding experience.
Among the extensive electronics on the SP model is Semi-active Öhlins Electronic Control suspension, Honda Selectable Torque Control, Selectable Engine Brake, new ABS, Quickshifter, Downshift Assist, Riding Mode Select System and a Power Selector.
Large Project Leader of the CBR1000RR Fireblade SP, Mr M. Sato, commented: "All 1000cc sportsbikes are extraordinary examples of high performance engineering. But for us, for our new Fireblade we want extraordinary to be the pleasure of handling and controlling such a machine. Its true purpose - wherever it's ridden - is to enjoy something that is not normally experienced in everyday life, something that cannot be surpassed."
While it will use the same electronics as its track-going sibling, exclusive SP2 settings will feature.