New Honda CBR1000RR (facelift) to feature winglets and V-TEC

17/09/2019 - 10:31 | ,  ,   | Neelanjan Chakraborty

The folks at Honda are gearing up to take things to the next level with the upcoming update to their flagship sports motorcycle, the CBR1000RR. A new patent image leaked by MoreBikes UK reveals that the upcoming Honda CBR1000RR update will get winglets!

Honda Cbr1000rr Patent Leak
The Honda CBR1000RR will get V-TEC technology.

Winglets on the production version will allow this new bike to participate in World Superbike Championship. The sport’s governing body needs race machines to have the same aerodynamics as seen in the road-going production model. The new Honda CBR1000RR will feature four spring-loaded winglets controlled by an internal computer.

In theory, winglets increase downforce during hard braking, However, these extra attachments are still aerodynamically efficient to not be of trouble during high speeds. Besides that, Honda will also be bringing in new mechanical upgrades to the powertrain. This will include V-TEC (variable valve timing) which will allow the engine to produce ideal amount of power across the rev range.

The Honda CBR 1000RR is powered by a 999 cc liquid-cooled, in-line four-cylinder engine. This powerplant can produce 192 PS of power and 114 Nm of torque. The flagship model will not get a V4 layout for the engine and continue with the existing in-line 4 design. The range will still include the usual SP1 and SP2 versions. The latter will get a carbon fibre fairing.

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Interestingly, the Honda CBR1000RR is rumoured to get a DCT box as well. However, we are not sure how this will go down with enthusiasts. Expect an official unveiling to take place either at INTERMOT or EICMA 2019.

Honda CBR1000RR SP side profile at 2017 Tokyo Motor Show
Both the Honda CBR1000RR and Honda Africa Twin will be unveiled in a facelifted avatar at EICMA 2019.

Besides that, Honda will also be introducing a bigger and more powerful Africa Twin 1100. The new adventure tourer will get direct injection to help meet the upcoming Euro 5 emission norms. This motorcycle is also expected to unveiled at EICMA 2019.

[Image Source: MoreBikes UK]

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