All-new Honda CBR 1000RR launch delayed to 2020 and the engine might produce 212 hp to make it the most powerful bike in its segment
Honda CBR 1000RR is one of the few litre class bikes, which is yet to get a major update as most of the competitors have moved to newer generations. Earlier there were reports that Honda is going to reveal the production version of new CBR 1000RR later this year in EICMA and sales commencing in early 2019.
But Young Machine reports that we won’t see the new CBR 1000RR until 2020 as the company has delayed the launch and development is yet to complete. Even though Honda has given an update for CBR 1000RR couple of years back, it didn’t hold well against the competition and sales are not great, but the company don’t want to rush.
One of the major changes is the design as Honda will take a completely different path from the current model and we can expect lots of aggressive design elements to make the bike look sporty. The front gets a sharp dual LED headlamps with an air-duct in the middle to channel air to the engine, similar to the one of new R1.
The visor will be designed to reduce drag and the fairing also gets an all new design theme. The clip on handle bars will be similar to the current model and the instrument cluster is going to be completely different as it is expected to come with lots of new features along with smartphone connectivity options.
The rear also gets LED tail lamps and it ends on a high note for sporty design. Honda will also give an all new frame for CBR 1000RR as the last update helped the litre class bike to shed 17 kgs. The company hasn’t given details about the engine as some rumours points out to a V4 engine.
But the CBR 1000RR might retain the inline four cylinder engine and it could produce 212 hp, which will make it the most powerful bike in its segment. One of the reasons for delay of launch is that new EURO 5 emission norm will be introduced in 2020 only. Honda is also expected to introduce a limited SP2 variant with carbon fibre fairing and titanium exhaust of new CBR 1000RR.