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This is the new, 1069bhp/tonne Honda Fireblade

Hypercar, shmypercar. Honda's brilliantly named superbike has been refreshed

Published: 04 Nov 2019
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Motorbike names are just cool. Announcing you have a Monster or a Speed Triple just has a bit more edge to it than saying you arrived in a Z4 M40i or AMG GT 63, doesn’t it?

And thus, meet the new Honda Fireblade. Fire, blade. What a meeting it must have been naming the original back in 1992. ‘Blazeknife? Infernodagger? Fireblade? Yes, we’ll call it Fireblade…’

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It’s the cooler, more dangerous to know nametag of the CBR1000RR-R superbike. In order to keep pace in its class – one which BMW is widely considered leader of with its S 1000 RR – it’s taken heavy influence from Honda’s MotoGP race bike. The one Spaniard Marc Marquez simply can’t stop winning championships upon.

The AMG One of bikes, then? Perhaps not that extreme. And certainly not as pricey. The new Fireblade will come in two trims, the standard RR-R and the more track-oriented SP, both of which produce 215bhp at a nicely high-pitched 14,500rpm.

A five-figure redline certainly isn’t familiar from the performance car world, but Brembo brakes, Ohlins suspension and a plethora of tech like launch control is. There’s a TFT display screen, newly aerodynamic farings and a keyless start system that slims down the yoke design to make the bike lighter and more streamlined.

How light? A mere 201kg, giving this a power-to-weight ratio to embarrass just about any hypercar you care to name. Even a flipping Koenigsegg One:1, named because there was an individual horsepower to transport every one of its kilos. Yep, that badass name seems justified to us.

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