By Dennis Chung
Since the 2021 CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP was announced in November, we’ve been eagerly waiting for Honda to release horsepower figures for the U.S. market, hoping it wouldn’t be far off the 215 hp claimed for the European-spec model. Thanks to VIN documentation Honda submitted to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, we can now report the American-spec CBR1000RR-R will only produce 188 hp.
While that’s a good improvement from the previous generation CBR1000RR which NHTSA filings list at 169 hp, it’s still down significantly from the Fireblade European customers will be getting. While we’ve been used to seeing a power drop-off for U.S. spec models, the news is still disappointing, especially compared to bikes such as the BMW S1000RR which claims 205 hp in its NHTSA documentation.
At 188 hp, the Fireblade SP is much closer to its Japanese brethren. Per NHTSA, the U.S. version of the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R claims 186 hp and the Suzuki GSX-R1000 is listed at 185.3 hp (data on the current Yamaha R1 isn’t available through NHTSA yet but the 2018 model claims 187.4 hp).
The 2021 Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP is priced at $28,500, with availability scheduled for June 2020.
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