Honda upgrades CBR 250RR, still not inline4 like ZX-25R

As early as July last year, had already reported the possibility of Kawasaki building screamer bikes, like those in the '80s. And, during last year's Tokyo Motorshow, Kawasaki officially revealed the reincarnation of their screamer bike – the ZX-25R – which is powered by a four-cylinder, 250cc powerplant that can rev up to 20,000 RPM.

There was no challenger from the other Japanese bikemakers until now. While there's no official statement from Honda, information has leaked from presentations intended for Honda dealerships that the CBR250RR will be receiving updates for 2020.

On its exterior, the most noticeable updates are the gold alloy wheels and white on red color scheme, Honda's homage to the CBR models of old. As for the engine, the leaked information did not say anything about Honda making an inline-four engine for the 2020 CBR250RR, but power was said to be upgraded to 41.6 Ps from the previous 38.5. Honda was also said to have added a slipper clutch, quick shifter, and an auto-rev-matching mechanism. ABS will be fitted as standard but it is also possible Honda will release non-ABS variants to certain markets, like in the Philippines, to bring costs down.