2014 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP: More Power and Charm

The 2013 EICMA show went really well with tons of interesting two-wheeler products on display. While most of the manufacturers really blew the visitors away with their latest products – like the MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 and the Ducati Monster 1200, there were many who disappointed us. Honda is one of them, partially at least, as we were expecting it to unveil its latest V4 powered motorcycle.

Honda did disappoint us by not putting up the V4 powered machine on display but at the same it did attract some enough attention with its 2014 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP. As the name suggests with an SP at the end, the new model is a standard Fireblade with a set of performance parts. Honda sees it as a revolutionary approach to model segmentation, though this is not new in the European market – the latest example being the Ducati Monster 1200 and 1200 S.


Ok now coming to the point, the 2014 CBR1000RR Fireblade SP comes with a list of parts aimed at enhancing performance, and they make the Fireblade tempting enough. The changes include:
  • 43mm Öhlins NIX30 inverted fork with spring preload, rebound, and compression damping
  • Unit Pro-Link Öhlins shock with spring preload, rebound, and compression damping
  • Brembo front brakes with four-piston calipers and 320mm floating rotors
  • Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SC tires
  • Lightweight subframe, which lowers CG
  • A new cylinder head, intake tract, and exhaust system
  • Special pistons and connecting rods
  • New riding position with new handlebars and relocated footpegs
  • A bubble windscreen
  • Solo seat cowl
  • Tri-color paint scheme

Tweaking with the Fireblade’s stock engine for the SP, Honda was able to increase the power to 178 horsepower and 84 foot-pounds of torque, with an improved mid range performance. This is a decent gain over the CBR1000RR’s 175 horsepower.

Despite the addition of go-fast parts and other weight saving techniques, the CBR1000RR Fireblade SP weighs 440.9 pounds including a full gas tank. Interestingly it is a pond heavier than the CBR1000RR. Although these changes may not seem big enough, we do consider the SP as a nice package. Pricing of the motorcycle is yet to be confirmed.

Note: The motorcycle in the images is the ABS version for European markets. American market will get a non-ABS version.

2014 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP Official Pictures




















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