Honda reveals prices for new Fireblade and Fireblade SP

17YM CBR1000RR Fireblade

Honda has revealed the prices for its hotly anticipated new CBR1000RR Fireblade.

The model will soon hit dealerships in two guises: the basic Fireblade and the SP. The top-spec SP2 model, however, is not set to go to production until this spring.

On the road, the standard Fireblade will cost £15,225. That's a significant increase on the outgoing Blade, of which 2016 models can be picked up new for as little as £12,799.

Meanwhile, the Fireblade SP will cost £19,125 on the road, compared with the 2016 model, which can be found for less than £15,000.

However, these price increases reflect the bike's technological advancement. With 2017 marking the Fireblade's 25th anniversary, the Japanese manufacturer has pulled out all the stops, increasing power and decreasing weight to create 'the next stage of Total Control'.

Honda reveals prices for new Fireblade and Fireblade SP

Honda reveals prices for new Fireblade and Fireblade SP

For the entry-level Fireblade, this means a 15kg reduction and 8kW power boost, giving the model a power-to-weight ratio improvement of 14 per cent – the best level ever for the Fireblade.

Ninety per cent of the major components on the entry-level Fireblade are new. These include Honda Selectable Torque Control, Selectable Engine Brake, new ABS, Riding Mode Select System and Power Selector, plus full Showa suspension.

The Fireblade SP, meanwhile, adds semi-active Öhlins Electronic Control suspension, Quickshifter and Downshift Assist. On both models, technology derived from the manufacturer's RC213V-S MotoGP bike aims to further enhance the riding experience.

At the new Fireblade's reveal, large project leader Masatoshi Sato commented: "All 1,000cc 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."