Three factors are key to the essence of the new Fireblade SP; less weight, more power and electronics to help the rider wherever and however they’re riding.
The new electronic control system provides constant, selectable and fine-tunable rider support. Central to the system is the 5-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), which measures exactly what the machine is doing, in every plane. It works the Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) that precisely manages rear wheel traction via the FI-ECU and Throttle By Wire (TBW). The new ABS (also managed by the IMU) offers Rear Lift Control (RLC) and the ability for hard, safe trail braking into corners. Any difference measured between the front and rear wheel speeds engages Wheelie Control, depending on settings.
It also works with the Ohlins Objective Based Tuning Interface to adjust both the compression and rebound damping force of the semi-active Öhlins Electronic Control (S-EC) front fork and rear shock. For the rider this means access to a whole new level of handling ability, with suspension reaction – whether working through pre-sets or manual input – that delivers exactly the right amount of control in every situation. It functions as well on the road as it does the track, and for Honda a new era begins.
At the same time as the S-EC is working the suspension, the Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) is precisely managing rear wheel traction through the IMU, FI-ECU and Throttle By Wire (TBW). It also delivers a Wheelie Control function.
Three standard display modes – Street, Circuit and Mechanic – provide all the information required for the rider relevant to the type of riding. The information displayed can be fine-tuned and adjusted while riding by using the left hand switch gear and TFT liquid crystal display, just as on the RC213V-S, Honda’s road going version of its RC213V MotoGP machine.
While the electronic control is very much a new departure for the Fireblade, the combination of the other two factors draws faithfully on the philosophy of the original 1992 machine: the optimal balance of power and weight. The engine revs harder and higher, with a much higher compression ratio and revised cam timing, and uses the TBW (a first for an inline four-cylinder Honda) and Acceleration Position Sensor (APS) which have been inspired by the technology developed for the RC213V-S
Bottom end torque and power are improved, with a significant increase in top-end power – up 8kW to 141kW @13,000rpm and 3 modes of engine output character can be chosen from. A Quickshifter is fitted as standard, as is Downshift Assist (with autoblipper) and new assist slipper clutch
Thanks to the use of magnesium and careful assessment and lightening of individual parts the engine also carries 2kg less. The new titanium exhaust muffler saves further weight and aids mass centralisation, as does the titanium petrol tank. Overall the Fireblade SP is 15kg lighter than the outgoing model, with a wet weight of 195kg.
The twin-spar aluminium frame’s rigidity balance has been finely adjusted, and the swingarm is stiffer to match. A new rear subframe is lighter as are the redesigned wheels, while Brembo monobloc four-piston front brake calipers use high-performance track-ready brake pads.
The Fireblade SP ’s bodywork outlines an aggressive, functional minimalism, and the machine is slimmer and much more compact with a single seat unit fitted as standard. All lighting is LED and the stunning Tri-Colour paintwork – on a red base – harks back to Honda racing history.
* Includes first registration and road tax
|Type||Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 16-valve DOHC inline-4|
|Bore x Stroke||76 x 55mm|
|Max. Power Output||1141kW/13,000rpm|
|Carburation||PGM-DSFI electronic fuel injection|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||16L|
|Clutch Type||Wet, multiplate with diaphragm spring|
|Final Drive||#530 O-ring sealed chain|
|Dimensions (L x W x H)||2,065mm x 720mm x 1125mm|
|Caster Angle||23° 30'|
|Wheels Type Front||12-spoke cast aluminium|
|Wheels Type Rear||12-spoke cast aluminium|
|Rim Size Front||17M/C x MT3.5|
|Rim Size Rear||17M/C x MT6|
|Tyres Front||120/70ZR17 58W|
|Tyres Rear||190/50ZR17 73W|
|Electronic Combined ABS||2-channel|
|Brakes Type Front||320 x 4.5mm dual hydraulic disc with 4-piston calipers and sintered metal pads|
|Brakes Type Rear||220 x 5mm hydraulic disc with single-piston caliper and sintered metal pads|
|Suspension Type Front||Telescopic inverted fork with an inner tube diameter of 43mm, and a NIX30 Smart-EC (OHLINS) Front Fork with preload, compression and rebound adjustments, 120mm stroke|
|Suspension Type Rear||Unit Pro-Link with gas-charged TTX36 Smart-EC (Ã–hlins) damper featuring preload and compression and rebound damping adjustment, 60mm stroke|