2022 Honda Fireblade: Better mid-range, new electronics and more

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HONDA’S 30th-anniversary Fireblade CBR1000RR-R could be finding its feet at the top of the pile this season with a raft of updates revealed for 2022.

Heading into the third year of production since its latest major overhaul, the big blade now sports a National Superstock championship and with momentum on its side, it may be a top contender across all categories.

For 2022, the 160kW (214bhp) remains largely the same, but refinements to mid-corner acceleration look to have taken its overall performance up a notch.

Changes to the intake ports, airbox, airbox funnels and exhaust mid-section have reportedly been made to deliver extra mid-range.

You also now get a slightly higher compression ratio, now up from 13.2:1 to 13.4:1, as well as slash-cut intake funnels with 15mm lopped off the intakes for cylinders two and three. Yes, that means improved efficiency, increased airflow velocity and all that jazz.

A bigger rear sprocket boosts the final drive and, thanks to feedback from HRC’s development riders, the Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) system has also been refined for better rear traction, throttle control and tyre management.

You’ll get a fancy new finish for the front Nissin calipers but the rest of the chassis remains mostly the same.

The 2022 CBR1000RR-R is set to go for a cool £19,990 with the SP version – featuring the option of Ohlins suspension and Brembo brakes – now also has the option of a throwback paintjob for £23,499.

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