Be in no doubt. The CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP is built for the track. This is where it belongs. It starts in the same pit lane as the standard Fireblade, but full Öhlins Smart Electronic Control (S-EC) suspension, Brembo master cylinder, brake lever, front and rear calipers and standard-fit quick shifter set it apart. Armed with class-leading 160kW peak power, the semi-cam gear engine has been upgraded with low- to mid-range acceleration boost and refined HSTC traction management. And while it is fully road legal, with lights, indicators and Smart Key, the Fireblade SP defines the ultimate racing motorcycle. One ready to overload adrenaline through every turn.
Since its original 1992 introduction Honda’s iconic Fireblade has evolved into an incredible 1000cc sports motorcycle. And it’s also been the base of a competitive race machine, on short circuits around the world and the roads of the Isle of Man TT.
But time – and competition – always races on and in 20YM Honda drew the line under where the CBR1000RR Fireblade had been, and looked forward to where it was going. And, as a result, two brand-new motorcycles – the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade* and CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP – were created with heavy involvement from Honda Racing Corporation to carry the legend forward.
Leaning heavily on the engine and chassis technology of the RC213V-S ‘street-legal MotoGP machine’, with aerodynamics drawn from the RC213V MotoGP bike, the new Fireblade was designed from the ground up – in terms of engine, handling and aerodynamics – for pure, outright track performance.
22YM is an important anniversary for Honda, and its Fireblade, as it marks 30 years of what has proved, over time, a truly seminal sports machine. A variety of detail updates improve both corner-exit acceleration, HSTC management and throttle feel and, to mark three decades of sheer, undiluted performance, the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP 30th Anniversary will be available for Europe in a limited edition, instantly-recognisable and evocative paint option.
The Fireblade SP’s inline four-cylinder engine delivers 112Nm @ 12,500rpm and makes peak power of 160Kw @ 14,500rpm.
Updates for 22YM centre around upping mid-corner drive and acceleration. Firstly, the rear sprocket goes from 40 to 43 teeth, improving acceleration through the gears in the mid-range while maintaining high-rpm output.
Both airbox and intake funnels have been re-shaped to smooth flow. The intake ports have been adjusted to increase airflow velocity while exhaust flow into the catalyser (and the catalyser itself) has been optimised.
Throttle By Wire (TBW) spring load has been reduced, for improved linearity and response on opening. Using extensive feedback from racers around the world – including Honda’s HRC World SBK team – Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) has been refined to offer the rider the power, grip level and feel they want, and to match the increased drive.
As before, three default riding modes cover most conditions with options to fully adjust Power, Engine Brake, Wheelie Control and HSTC. The electronics package also includes adjustable Start Mode and standard-fit, newly revised, quick shifter.
The engine uses a compact, short-stroke layout – sharing the bore and stroke of the RC213V – and features a semi-cam gear train, finger-follower rocker arms, titanium con-rods, RC213V-S internal friction reduction technologies, piston jets with check ball system and a built-in bottom bypass passage for the cylinder water jacket. A ram-air duct in the front fairing feeds directly through the headstock. The 4-2-1 exhaust downpipes are ovalized and feed a titanium Akrapovič end-can.
An aluminium diamond frame uses the rear of the engine as upper shock mount while the swingarm is based on the RC213V-S design. The rigidity balance, weight distribution and steering geometry are carefully adjusted to exploit the engine’s output, in terms of front and rear grip levels, and feel for both. A six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) provides accurate 3D estimation of riding dynamics and provides input to manage all of the electronic systems. It also controls the rod-type 3-level Honda Electronic Steering Damper (HESD).
Öhlins Smart Electronic Control (SE-C) 43mm NPX forks and TTX36 rear shock offer race-quality suspension, with settings managed by second-generation Öhlins Object Based Tuning interface (OBTi). The front discs are worked by Brembo Stylema four-piston calipers and Brembo brake lever/master cylinder, while the ABS is adjustable for track riding.
Honda’s RC213V MotoGP machine leant some of its slippery aerodynamics to the Fireblade, including winglets to increase downforce and improve braking stability. The riding position is also very compact. A fully customisable 5-inch TFT display offers intuitive control via a four-way switch on the left handlebar. Honda’s Smart Key system adds convenience.
The 22YM CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP will be available in Grand Prix Red and Mat Pearl Morion Black, both now with gold wheels and new HRC logos, and an evocative paint scheme from another era:
To celebrate the original, ground-breaking Fireblade and 30 years of continuous challenges since the introduction of that 1992 game-changer, a stunning Limited Edition 30th Anniversary version of the Fireblade SP will be available in 2022. Its tricolour paint scheme pays faithful homage to the original, with the ultra-modern feel of the 20YM stripe layout merged with ‘brushstroke’ style elements of the 1992 machine.
The Fireblade SP will also be available in two standard paint options, Grand Prix Red and Matte Pearl Morion Black, both now with gold wheels, while the Fireblade itself wears an updated Grand Prix Red paint scheme with prominent white number boards on the front fairing.
The changes are more than skin deep, with technical changes to the 160kW inline four-cylinder engine that focus on improving mid-corner acceleration and drive. The final drive sprocket also goes up 3 teeth, to 43, further boosting acceleration through each ratio. Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) has been optimised for refined rear tyre traction management with input from HRC’s riders, and throttle feel even further refined.
A new material and surface finish for the Fireblade’s front Nissin brake calipers’ pistons improves braking performance and consistency in race conditions. The Fireblade SP’s Öhlins Smart Electronic Control (SE-C) and Brembo equipment continue to offer top-draw suspension and braking, alongside a newly optimised quick shifter.
Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 16-valve DOHC Inline-4
Engine Displacement (cm³)
No. of Valves per Cylinder
Bore ´ Stroke (mm)
81mm x 48.5mm
Max. Power Output
160kW @ 14,500rpm
112Nm @ 12,500rpm
Lurban - 74dB, Lwot - 77dB
Fuel Tank Capacity
C02 Emissions WMTC
12-2Ah HY85S (Li-ion)
Wet, multiplate hydraulic clutch
Aluminium Twin Tube composite twin spar
Dimensions (L x W x H)
2100 x 745 x 1140mm
Öhlins NPX S-EC 43mm telescopic fork with preload, compression and rebound adjustments, 125mm stroke.
Öhlins TTX36 S-EC Pro-Link swingarm with preload, compression and rebound damping, 143mm stroke.
Rim Size Front
17 inch x 3.5
Rim Size Rear
17 inch x 6.0
120/70-ZR17 M/C (58W) Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP/Bridgestone RS11
200/55-ZR17 M/C (78W) Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP/Bridgestone RS11
ABS System Type
330mm disc with radial-mount 4-piston Brembo Stylema caliper
220mm disc with 2-piston Brembo caliper
Honda Smart Key
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