UPDATE: Click here to read our Fireblade SP review.
FOR the first time in its history, the Honda Fireblade will be offered in two versions, the standard Fireblade we all know and love and the new track-focused Fireblade SP.
The standard Fireblade gets minor updates for 2014, including an uprated cylinder head and exhaust, revised PGM-DSFI settings designed to boost top-end power and mid-range torque.
However the SP gets a whole lot of changes from the standard Fireblade. It features .Fully adjustable Öhlins NIX30 43mm inverted forks, specifically developed for the SP and an Öhlins TTX36 rear shock, also fully adjustable.
The brakes are Brembo monobloc at the front and a standard Nissin at the rear. The SP features Honda’s electronic combined ABS system, as used on the championship-winning IDM German Superbikes Fireblade since 2010. A dedicated ECU converts hydraulic pressure from the front and rear brake into an electronic signal passed to power units which in turn generate hydraulic pressure at the calipers.
The engine is largely the same as the standard model however the SP differs slightly as the inlet and exhaust ports have been re-shaped and polished and the combustion chambers have been ‘gas-flowed’ to improve efficiency. The pistons are hand-weighed and selected based on their matching weight. Honda claim this is essentially a factory blueprint motor. Honda claim the SP produces 178bhp and 85lbft of torque.
The last of the performance upgrades on the CBR1000RR Fireblade SP is a slipper clutch, allowing smoother downshifts and for all you style-merchants; it’ll help you back it in that bit easier.
As on the standard 2014 model, the SP’s dash features four display modes: Conventional, which uses black LCD segments to show current rpm; Reverse, which employs black LCD segments to show remaining rpm. Peak Hold indicates rpm in the conventional way and also leaves a tell-tale segment showing the peak rpm achieved while Single Segment uses a single block to show current engine speed. In addition the odometer may be switched to display engine rpm numerically.
The lap timer features four modes. The display can also show fuel consumption, average fuel efficiency, distance travelled and total elapsed time. To assist debriefing after a session, lap time recall mode shows the fastest lap time and the lap on which it was set.
The Fireblade also features a 5-level shift indicator display using white LEDs, adjustable for brightness. They illuminate sequentially as engine rpm rises, finally blinking at a chosen pre-set rpm (default is 13,000rpm but this can be set between 4,000rpm and 13,000rpm). The interval between sequential illumination can also be set at 0,200 or 400rpm.
Want to take a pillion? The SP is only offered with a single seat. Oh well..