11.26.2021

Honda Launches 2022 CBR1000RR-R SP And 30th Anniversary Livery

With 2022 marking the Fireblade’s 30th anniversary, Honda engineers went back to the drawing board.

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Nov 23, 2021 at 10:42am ET
By: Dustin Wheelen

When Honda released the seventh-generation Fireblade at EICMA 2019, the company wasn’t subtle with its intentions.
The CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP gained a 215-horsepower inline-four, an aluminum diamond chassis, and MotoGP-inspired winglets. Unfortunately, Team Red’s latest superbike didn’t live up to its WSBK ambitions in the past two seasons.

The 2022 CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP retains the same 999cc inline-four, lightweight frame, and aerodynamic bodywork, but Honda slightly tweaks the platform for more stable cornering and improved corner-exit speed. To achieve those goals, the engineers adopted a 43-tooth rear sprocket, new intake ports, updated airbox funnels, and a revised exhaust mid-section.

The fire-breathing Fireblade still boasts 215 horsepower in 2022, but the adjustments make that power more accessible in the low-mid rev range. Updated electronic controls such as Honda’s Selectable Torque Control also enhance stability at lean.

The revisions come just in time for Honda’s new-look WSBK lineup and the Fireblade’s 30th-anniversary celebration.

Gallery: 2022 Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP 30th Anniversary