The 2013 Honda CBR600RR gets... new headlamps! Oh, well, there are also a lot of other detail changes that really do make it a better bike than its predecessor...
Honda are now showing the 2013 CBR600RR at the EICMA, in Milan. According to the Japanese company, the two key factors in the development of the latest iteration of the middleweight CBR have been improved racetrack performance and improved agility for better manoeuvreability.
“The 2013 Honda CBR600RR, building on the platform of the previous model, has taken its performance to a new level. It delivers an awesome ride on the circuit, but is even easier than before to ride on city streets. It sounds contradictory, but the natural fusion of these two aspects of the bike’s character is what makes this model even more attractive than its predecessor,” says Hirofumi Fukunaga, the CBR600RR’s Large Development Project Leader.
The 2013 CBR600RR gets new 41mm Showa big piston inverted forks that deliver better feedback and a smooth, stable ride. The bike also gets 12-spoke cast aluminium wheels that reduce unsprung weight and improve feedback and handling in a big way. The CBR’s 599cc inline-four produces 118bhp and 66Nm of torque and, with PGM-DSFI fuel-injection and remapped ECU, is said to be more tractable than ever before, with more linear, consistent power delivery across its rev range.
The bike’s Unit Pro-Link rear suspension has also been improved, resulting in better low speed performance, greater feedback, and improved stability and controllability. Changes made to the CBR’s chassis have further improved mass centralization, with the bike’s handling now being sharper and more intuitive. The new CBR600RR weighs just 196kg.
Braking duties on the 2013 CBR600RR are handled by twin 310mm discs with radial-mount 4-piston calipers (front) and single 220mm disc at the back. It’s a powerful, sophisticated brake-by-wire system, with integrated C-ABS. An electronically controlled speed-sensitive steering damper keeps things stable at all times and, according to Honda, the new CBR’s styling and headlamps have been inspired by the RC213V MotoGP bike.
It might not be a radical update, but the 2013 Honda CBR600RR is still likely to be somewhere near the top in the supersports 600 class next year.