Honda will give us back the CBR600RR soon
CARB documents provide us details of the new mid-weight mad being 22 lbs lighterby Sagar Patil, on
Introduced by Honda in 2003 as a race replica version of Honda’s CBR600F series, the CBR600RR was the most successful at the Supersport World Championship from 2002 to 2008, and again in 2010 and 2014. It was Honda’s more street-oriented 600-class sports bike that received periodical updates all the way until the 2013 model that lasted till the beginning of 2017, just when the Euro-IV norms kicked in. (The US markets still run the same model even today.)
Fresh new information from the CARB documents confirm the return of the most prolific mid-weight sportsbike, and this time, it is going to be 22 pounds lighter than the one it is replacing. In a bid to get back into the market after almost half a decade of no development on this particular platform, Honda will leave nothing to chances.
The CBR600RR was the first Honda to use Unit Pro-Link rear suspension and Dual Stage Fuel Injection (PGM-DSFI), both were taken directly from Honda’s MotoGP bike. For the 07’-08’ year, the bike had a class-leading power-to-weight ratio and unparalleled performance, thanks to the 20lb weight reduction.
The current CBR600RR is powered by a 599 cc, which has a claimed power output of 113 bhp at 13,500 rpm and a rated peak torque of 48 lb-ft at 11,250 rpm. For 2019, Honda will thrive to pop those figures upto a 120 hp and 55 lb-ft of peak torque.
Although the industry saw a slowdown in terms of sales for the 600cc class across the world, Honda seems to be enthusiastic to introduce their new mid-weight weapon. Especially amongst the looming news of Kawasaki’s new ZX-6R and the ruling Yamaha YZF-R6 and the MV Agusta 675.
With these new mid-weight screamers it certainly looks like the supersport class may be in for a shake-up. Stay tuned with us and we’ll bring you more exciting news on the CBR600RR.