2012 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade: official details, photos, specs and price

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 26, 2011

Honda has officially unveiled the 2012 CBR1000RR Fireblade to commemorate the 20th anniversary of when the CBR900RR was first launched in 1991. Honda simultaneously unveiled two samples of this new vehicle at two world class racing events.

One was shown off at the Le Mans 24 hours round of the Endurance World Championship in France at the same time as the introduction of the same vehicle at the eleventh round of the 2011 World Superbike Championship in Imola, Italy. Those who attended the unveiling included John McGuinness, who raced at Le Mans for the Honda TT Legends Team.

The unveiling at the Superbike race was attended by Jonathan Rea, rider for the Castrol Honda Team. The 2012 CBR1000RR features a new styling package. It comes with a new nose, layered main fairing and a tail section to give it a look that’s more aggressive and dynamic. Its new front and rear suspension were presented for the first time on a production motorcycle.

Its advanced new rear shock features a double-tube design to guarantee a smoother and more precise response, excellent damping and boosted traction. The 2012 CBR1000RR also comes with 43mm telescopic front forks with Showa's Big Piston technology, to have improved damping, intensified front tire grip and improved stability under braking.

With the new fuel injection settings for the 999cc inline-4 engine, it becomes even smoother and easier to use, specifically at smaller throttle openings. It features a set of new 12-spoke wheels.

These aluminum wheels offer a more consistent rigidity to work with the new forks to have improved handling. It also has an improved instrumentation. The new CBR1000RR Fireblade makes use of a multi-function LCD instrument panel that now has a lap timer, gear position indicator, and a tachometer with 4 modes of display. The 2012 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade will be priced at MSRP: $13,800 (standard model), $14,800 (C-ABS model).

The CBR1000RR, or the Fireblade, remains to be a one of the most popular sports bikes in the U.K. It has received a number of awards and has even reached legendary status among customers and enthusiasts. Honda (UK) has been offering the 0% APR finance package for this model through it is only good until September. However, Honda (UK) will be offering as well a Sports Pack towards the end of 2011.

This model can be purchased in either the standard version or the ABS-equipped one. Color themes include the Silver/Orange, Repsol, Tri-color, and Graphite Black. For those who avail of the Sports Pack, they will get a wide selection of Honda Genuine Accessories like a bike cover, Akrapovic exhaust, seat cowl, and higher screen. For the standard model, it will even have a rear tire hugger. Individually, these different accessories amount to a retail price of £1600 for the standard model and £1400 for the ABS-equipped version, though it is dependent on the color options as well.

However for those who want to buy a new CBR1000RR, the Sports Pack is indeed a treat as retail price is £699 for the standard and £599 for the ABS one. This offer is valid until the end of the year and for those who want to take advantage of this offer, additional information on any models, like scooters and motorcycles, can be accessed by going to www.honda.co.uk.

Once can also read the latest news, learn about upcoming events and even get information on Genuine Honda accessories and parts. Information is also available at your Honda (UK) Motorcycle dealer or you may call 0845 200 8000.

Press Release

2012 Honda CBR1000RR Features and Benefits

Honda's CBR1000RR is the essential superbike—the perfect balance of power and handling designed to work together as one complete package. The CBR900RR set the bar for liter-bike performance when it was introduced 20 years ago, and the new 2012 CBR1000RR sets that bar even higher. For 2012, the CBR1000RR boasts even better handling via a patented Balance-Free Rear Shock, Big Piston Fork and new wheels. Add to that a 999cc engine pumping out huge midrange horsepower and torque for class-leading real-world muscle, and you have a high-performance package unmatched in its overall balance by the competition. In addition, new aggressive bodywork aids aerodynamic flow and high-speed handling, and new LCD instrumentation including a lap timer, five-level shift indicator and more, redefine the pure essence of liter-class sportbikes.

New for 2012

Unit Pro-Link® rear suspension features a new, patented Balance-Free Rear Shock from Showa that incorporates a unique double-tube design featuring a damper case plus an internal cylinder for more responsive damping and a smoother, better-controlled damping action.
The new 43mm fork incorporates Showa's latest Big Piston Fork technology with a larger damping volume to effectively reduce the hydraulic pressure generated as the fork legs compress and extend. The result is more precise action during the initial stroke and smoother damping action, for improved handling, enhanced front-end feedback and a more solid feel during hard braking.
New 12-spoke cast aluminum wheels provide more consistent rigidity. Together with the new suspension, these wheels offer improved feedback for the rider.
New layered fairing design creates a large pocket of calm air around the rider to improve comfort while also helping draw air through the cooling system. An integrated chin spoiler in the nose also reduces aerodynamic lift to improve handling.
Multi-function LCD instruments communicate all important information plus the option of four readout modes for tachometer display, lap timer, five-level shift indicator, gear position indicator and more. New revised fuel injection settings give the CBR1000RR a more linear response, particularly at smaller throttle openings.
Revisions to the optional Electronic Combined ABS create a new bias toward sporting/track riding conditions during rear brake application.
New Red and Pearl White/Blue/Red colors join Black. (C-ABS model available in Red only.)
Features

MotoGP-derived Honda Electronic Steering Damper (HESD).
Patented slipper clutch features cam mechanism to reduce clutch-lever pull.
Centrally located fuel tank increases mass centralization for a more compact frame design.
Iconic Honda Wing tank badge.
Lightweight aluminum sidestand.
High-tech instrument display also features tachometer and LCD readouts for speedometer, coolant temperature, odometer/A&B tripmeters, clock, mpg, average fuel consumption and reserve fuel used. A low-fuel LED light and shift-indicator light are located above the LCD.
Line-beam headlight features two-piece reflector design utilizing two H7 bulbs for optimum light distribution and unique compact design.
LED taillights for lighter weight and improved appearance.
Transferable one-year unlimited-mileage limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.
Engine/Drivetrain

Compact, liquid-cooled DOHC 16-valve 999cc four-stroke inline four-cylinder engine features bore and stroke dimensions of 76mm x 55.1mm.
Removable cylinder block with Nikasil-coated cylinders.
Sixteen-valve cylinder head features 30.5mm intake and 24mm exhaust valves with a 12.3:1 compression ratio for efficient combustion and high horsepower.
Titanium intake valves create a lighter valve train and feature double-spring design for optimum performance at high rpm.
Direct shim-under-bucket valve actuation system ensures high-rpm durability and allows 16,000-mile valve maintenance intervals.
Programmed Dual Stage Fuel Injection (PGM-DSFI).
46mm throttle bodies feature Denso injectors with lightweight valving for faster reaction time and 12 holes per injector to optimize mixture atomization, combustion efficiency and power.
Idle Air Control Valve (IACV) minimizes torque reaction and smooths response to small throttle changes through gradual reductions of air and fuel intake when the throttle is opened and closed.
Ignition Interrupt Control system works with IACV and PGM-FI mapping to enhance rideability.
MotoGP-derived twin-tunnel ram-air system allows a high volume of cool air to the 9.7-liter airbox for linear power delivery and incredible engine performance.
Compact, low-mount exhaust system design reduces rear bodywork size and incorporates exhaust valve and catalyst, contributing to significantly improved mass centralization and reducing roll and yaw inertia.
Patented slipper-clutch design uses a center cam-assist mechanism for easier actuation. Unlike an ordinary slipper clutch where the pressure plate moves from side to side, the Honda clutch moves both the center cam assist and the pressure plate to provide additional slipper effect.
Chassis/Suspension

Lightweight four-piece Fine Die-Cast twin-spar aluminum frame utilizes latest MotoGP technology.
MotoGP-derived, next-generation Honda Electronic Steering Damper (HESD).
43mm fork incorporates Showa's latest Big Piston Fork technology with a larger damping volume to effectively reduce the hydraulic pressure generated as the fork legs compress and extend. The result is more precise action during the initial stroke and smoother damping action, for improved handling, enhanced front-end feedback and a more solid feel during hard braking.
Exclusive, MotoGP-derived Unit Pro-Link rear suspension features a new, patented Balance-Free Rear Shock from Showa that incorporates a unique double-tube design featuring a damper case plus an internal cylinder for more responsive damping and a smoother, better-controlled damping action.
Radial-mounted monoblock four-piston front calipers feature chromium-plated aluminum pistons and squeeze lightweight 320mm floating discs in front and a 220mm rear disc with a single-piston caliper for exceptional stopping power.
CBR1000RR ABS features Honda's Electronic Combined ABS. This all-new Electronic Control Module (ECM), hydraulically actuated system provides accurate braking-force distribution to both wheels. ABS is controlled by a hydroelectronic unit and stroke simulator to ensure precise operation. Benefits include consistent lever pressure without the pulsing often associated with ABS systems. Application of rear brake does not result in immediate front brake activation unless lock-up is sensed, allowing an experienced rider to use rear brake in a normal manner during spirited riding. Combined ABS components are smaller and lighter than conventional hydraulic ABS designs, and have been located nearer to the center of the machine, enhancing mass centralization and reducing unsprung weight.
Honda Genuine Accessories*

Color-Matched Passenger Seat Cowl, Carbon Fiber Front Tank Trim, Carbon Fiber License Plate Frame, Carbon Fiber Fuel Lid Cover, Carbon Fiber Tank Pad, Carbon Fiber Knee Pads, Outdoor Cycle Cover, "E-Cushion" Seat for greater comfort, Rear Tire Hugger, HRC Power-Up Kit for Racing (Track Use Only)
*WARRANTY: Because we're so confident in the quality of each of our Honda Genuine accessories, we're pleased to offer one of the best warranties in the industry. One-year warranty begins on the day accessories are purchased by the customer.

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