First unveiled at the 2017 EICMA motor show, the new generation 2018 Honda CB1000R has now been launched at the Bangkok International Motor Show (BIMS) 2018. The 2018 Honda CB1000R comes with a retro-modern design, a new chassis and above all, performance upgrades.
The 2018 CB1000R shares the same 998cc long-stroke four-cylinder motor as the 2006 CBR1000RR Fireblade, but with certain remarkable upgrades such as the higher compression ratio, forged pistons, revised inlet, a larger throttle body, as well as the new exhaust system.
The new iteration comes with enhanced performance figures as it now cranks out 145PS power at 10,500rpm and 104Nm torque at 8,250rpm as against 125.6PS power at 10,000rpm and 99Nm torque at 7,750rpm generated by the previous model. And since the revs have also increased the exhaust now transmits "a raw-edged howl".
The improvement of 16 percent in power and 5 percent in torque has been achieved by the Throttle By Wire system, which is onboard the new CB1000R. The bike boasts of three riding modes presets such as RAIN, STANDARD, and SPORT, along with one bespoke USER mode, which allows a rider to choose different parameters from all the three riding modes and save them for the future references.
Rolling the bike are 17-inch wheels equipped with 310mm-dual-brake discs along with radially-clamped-four-piston calipers on the front and 256mm single disc along with a twin-pistol caliper on the rear. The new suspension employs the Showa Separate Function Fork via SFF-BP USD front forks and a BRFC rear mono shock. As usual, without any changes, the ABS remains standard.
On the exterior, changes have been effected in the riding position. The handlebar is now slightly elevated to ensure a comfortable, but upright riding position for the riders. Changes can also be reflected in a radiator grille, a round-shaped LED headlamp, a narrower LCD screen, a clean tail, and a heftier exhaust unit.
Besides, the 2018 model has shaved off 12kg weight causing improvement in the power-to-body ratio by 20 percent. The entire bike is fitted with brushed aluminum parts, which add to the beauty of its retro-themed naked look.
With the launch at the BIMS 2018, the Honda CB1000R makes its foray into the ASEAN countries starting with Thailand. However, the details about the pricing and availability are still under the veil. Expectedly, the info in this regard will emerge in the coming weeks.
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