The 2012 Fireblade is "feeling more fun in sporty riding and more joy of riding than ever before, whether it be on winding roads or at a circuit," says Hirofumi Fukunaga, large project leader (LPL) for the new CBR1000RR. Right on, Fukunaga san!
Honda have released the first offical pics of the 2012 CBR1000RR Fireblade, which also happens to be the 20th Anniversary Fireblade, what with Honda having launched the very first CBR900RR FireBlade back in 1991. The 2012 Fireblade was revealed simultaneously at the Le Mans 24 hours round of the Endurance World Championship in France, and the eleventh round of the 2011 World Superbike Championship in Imola, Italy.
‘I've got a real soft spot for the Fireblade. I've ridden it in many different racing events over the years and had a lot of success with it. In fact, some of the most memorable moments of my career have been on the Fireblade,’ said Honda rider and IoM TT legend, John McGuinness, while unveiling the new bike at Le Mans. ‘It’s pretty exciting and I'm honoured that I was chosen to do it,’ he added.
‘I feel like I have grown up with the Fireblade. It’s such an iconic machine and it’s an unbelievable feeling being the man to actually reveal the latest version. It really looks fantastic and I can’t wait to get my hands on it,’ added Jonathan Rea, who currently rides for the Castrol Honda World Superbike team.
‘This is a model allowing all supersports bike lovers, including the most experienced, to savour the joy of owning the CBR1000RR Fireblade, while at the same time feeling more fun in sporty riding and more joy of riding than ever before, whether it be on winding roads or at a circuit,’ said Hirofumi Fukunaga, large project leader (LPL) for the 2012 CBR1000RR Fireblade.
For 2012, the Fireblade gets revised, sharper styling, revised fuel-injection settings for smoother power delivery, a slipper clutch, second-generation HESD steering damper, 12-spoke cast-aluminium alloy wheels, C-ABS and a new multi-function LCD instrument panel that now includes lap timer, gear position indicator, tachometer and four-mode display.
The 2012 ’Blade also gets revised suspension – an all-new ‘Balance Free Rear Cushion’ rear shock from Showa, which uses an innovative double-tube design to ensure smoother and more accurate response, superior damping and improved traction, and 43mm USD front forks with Showa’s Big Piston technology, offering improved damping, increased front tyre grip and better stability under braking.
The 2012 Fireblade’s 999cc inline-four produces 175 horsepower at 12,000rpm and 112Nm of torque at 8,500 revs. With a kerb weight of 200kg, the bike is also able to deliver a mileage of 17km/l. The new ’Blade will be available in white, red and black colours.