For the 2018 Bangkok International Motor Show, Honda chose to unveil this year’s CBR1000RR SP for the Thai market. The CBR1000RR Fireblade is Honda’s flagship superbike, while the SP is a variant upgraded for improving lap times at the track.
After the Fireblade went through such a major redesign for the 2017 model year, 2018 sees nothing significantly new in the line. The changes are mostly aesthetic — and even then, they are subtle.
All CBR1000RR models this year share the same engine, chassis, and aerodynamic bodywork while packing technology derived from the RC213V-S MotoGP bike. The new Fireblade is powered by a liquid-cooled, 16-valve, 999 cc DOHC inline four-cylinder mated to a close-ratio six-speed transmission with a Quickshifter and light Assist Slipper Clutch.
The SP is designated specifically for the track, with lightweight features including a lithium-ion battery and titanium components. It gets semi-active, fully adjustable Öhlins Smart Electronic Control (Smart-EC) suspension with three pre-set and two user-programmable modes. The system uses 43mm NIX30 front forks with 120 mm of travel, and a TTX36 rear damper with 60 mm of travel.
The motorcycle brakes its 17-inch wheels using 320mm dual hydraulic discs with Brembo radial mounted calipers up front and a 220mm hydraulic disc out back. Both ends get electronically controlled ABS. Its electronic suite is centered around the 5-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) gyro working with a Throttle By Wire system. The Riding Mode Select System provides a Power Selector with five levels of engine power, nine levels of Honda Selectable Torque Control, and three levels of Selectable Engine Brake Control.
The 2018 CBR1000RR Fireblade SP has a seat height of 823 mm, a fuel capacity of 16 L, and a curb weight of 195 kg. It is available in Grand Prix Red with Blue/White graphics.
The 39th Bangkok International Motor Show is ongoing from March 27 to April 8, 2018 at the IMPACT Challenger Halls 1-3 at Muang Thong Thani in Bangkok, Thailand.