Honda are rumoured to be working on two new superbike models bound for release in 2017. Credible sources online indicate that both the two new models will likely come in the forms of a heavily updated CBR1000RR Fireblade, followed by an all-new RVF1000 model sporting a V4 engine configuration.
Honda’s most recent update of the CBR1000RR Fireblade was made in 2014. Here, the litre-class superbike received a slight increase in power with mildly revised rider ergonomics, plus the addition of a racier ‘SP’ variant as well.
If is green-lit, the next CBR1000RR will reportedly still be based on the current bike, but will sport a revised exterior with high chance of a revised new electronics package to stack up against its rivals. The rumour also indicated further that the updated CBR1000RR will remain rather road-focused instead of being a machine for track use.
As for the RVF1000 model, the rumour suggests that Honda would develop it as a proper track machine. If green-lit, the V4-powered new RVF1000 will see Honda likely targeting the likes of the new Yamaha YZF-R1, Aprilia RSV4 RF and the Ducati Panigale R.
However, it is highly likely that Honda would take some time to determine the right specification and pricing for the new RVF1000 as how it was for the controversial RC213V-S road-legal GP bike. Based on recent leaked patent and design files, the new RVF1000 V4 will likely resemble closely to the aforementioned road-going GP bike besides sharing a similar V4 powerplant.
Honda would likely build the RVF1000 using cost-effective parts from the RC213V-S like its cast-aluminium frame whilst also retaining much of street-legal GP bike’s basic elements and design solutions. Still, this rumour is somewhat slightly far-fetched as compared to the updated CBR1000RR theory. Honda remains coy about this particular V4 project, so it is a case of wait and see as to whether it actually materialises or not.