Built for speed, acceleration, braking, and cornering, the competition is hot as ever

In a world where outright horsepower and straight-line speed hold center stage, these machines have blazed the streets and have swept us off our feet in the most fashionable ways possible. Built for speed, acceleration, braking, and cornering, they come equipped with components from the industry’s best names to achieve a little more speed every single time they get on the paved asphalt.

Here are our top five picks of serious sports machines coming in 2020 with rider ergonomics favor function, and ones built to cut through the air as smoothly as possible with massive engines and fancy equipment list.

2020 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-25R

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2020 KAWASAKI NINJA ZX-25R

Starting off with this new lightweight Sportsbike from the Japanese Green Team, the four-cylinder quarter-liter makes an entry after two decades. The styling has been picked up from its elder siblings, the Ninja 650 in particular, and gets a ‘large-volume bodywork’ that offers better wind protection to the rider. It also shares the same instrument cluster with the Ninja 650 and gets LED all around.

It uses a 249cc inline-four-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 16 valve engine with DOHC producing 43 hp of max power, and 19 lb-ft peak torque. A high-tensile steel trellis frame gets attached with Showa SFF-BP fork, horizontal back-link rear suspension, and radial-mount monoblock caliper. Electronic aids will include traction control, quickshifter, riding modes, and ABS.

2020 Aprilia RS 660

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2020 APRILIA RS 660

Venturing into new territory, Aprilia announced their entry into the mid-weight sportsbike segment with this potent twin-cylinder RS 660. The engine is literally the front-half of the 1100cc RSV4 powerplant said to make 100 horsepower, wrapped around a 373 lb machine and an aluminum frame. It gets a “double fairing” design with LED lighting with cornering feature, TFT instrumentation, smartphone connectivity, and more.

Chassis setup sees adjustable Kayaba forks, Brembo radial front calipers with twin 320mm discs. Electronic aids harnessed here takes this game to some serious levels. A six-axis IMU-based APRC electronic package with five riding modes that adjust throttle response, traction control, wheelie control, engine braking, cornering ABS, as well as cruise control and a quickshifter.

2020 Ducati Panigale V2

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2020 DUCATI PANIGALE V2

Replacing the Panigale 959, this new twin-cylinder superbike from Ducati gets all-new bodywork borrowed from its elder sibling, the Panigale V4. The Superquadro V2 makes a claimed 155 hp and 77 lb-ft of torque and comes with new injectors and inlet ducts. A new single-sided exhaust makes the scene here along with TFT dash, longer saddle, LED lighting, and more.

It uses the aluminum monocoque frame and an aluminum single-sided swingarm, and tether to this are Showa Big Piston Fork, Sachs shock, a Sachs steering damper, Brembo M4.32 monoblock front calipers, and Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa II tires. Electronic aids include three riding modes, cornering ABS, quickshifter, engine brake control, traction control, and wheelie control. MSRP: $16,495.

2020 MV Agusta Superveloce 800 / Serie Oro

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2020 MV AGUSTA SUPERVELOCE 800 / SERIE ORO

After yearlong speculation, the house of MV unleashed their uber-cool superbike, the Superveloche 800. It is based on the F3 800 but gets new ergonomics, retro fast styling, and a different powertrain characteristic. The in-line three-cylinder makes 148 horses, while the Series Oro gets 153 horses, courtesy a bespoke Arrow exhaust system. Both machines get clip-ons, retro fairings made from carbon-fiber for the Series Oro rather than plastic on the regular, LED lighting, and wire wheels for the series Oro.

The ALS steel trellis gets combined with an aluminum swingarm, Marzocchi USD forks, Sachs shock, and 4-piston Brembo Monoblock with Bosch ABS. Electronics include Four power modes, quickshifter, and traction control comes as standard while the Series Oro additionally gets cruise control, gold DID chain, GPS sensor, unique fuel cap with a leather strap, Alcantara saddle, and a bespoke cove.

2020 Triumph Daytona Moto2 765 Limited Edition

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2020 TRIUMPH DAYTONA MOTO2 765 LIMITED EDITION

The British motorcycle manufacturer had announced its entry into the world of motorsports by replacing Honda as the engine manufacturer for the Moto2 Motorcycles from the 2019 season. Making use of that talented 765cc Triumph Street Triple engine, Triumph brings back the Daytona and gives it a limited-edition appeal with the Arrow titanium race-exhaust that helps it make 128 horsepower.

Apart from it, it gets new full carbon fiber bodywork, official Moto2 branding, Union Jack paint scheme, billet-machined aluminum top yoke with the laser-etched number, single-seat, TFT dash and gets over 35 genuine Triumph Daytona accessories to choose from. It comes festooned with a full electronics package, Aluminum frame, Öhlins NIX30 USD forks, and TTX36 twin tube monoshock suspension, Brembo Stylemba monoblocs, and more. MSRP: $17,500.

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2020 CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP

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2020 CBR1000RR-R FIREBLADE SP

Overgoing a complete overhaul, the new Fireblade is touted to smash the competition out of the ballpark. Equipped with an all-new 999cc inline-four, it accomplishes 215 horses and 83 ft/lbs of peak torque. Courtesy, MotoGP-inspired aerodynamics with winglets, ram air intake, titanium connecting rods, forged aluminum pistons, DLC treatment, and a bespoke Akrapovič exhaust unit.

An all-new twin-spar aluminum frame comes tethered with Öhlins electronic suspension, Brembo Stylema components, five power modes, three engine-braking levels, multi-level traction control, two-level cornering ABS, three-level wheelie control, start mode, as well as a quickshifter system. The seating position on this is more aggressive with the grips moved forward, and the pegs moved up and back.

Sagar Patil
Motorcycle industry expert since 1997! - sagar@topspeed.com
Over the years, a deeper conscience of machines moving body and soul has given him a crisp grasp over the concepts of motorcycling. A sucker for details and common sense, he loves getting his hands dirty every once in a while. His love affair with motorcycles ushers in the specialist skillset making Sagar our go-to expert for everything on two-wheels.  Read More
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