Honda is planning to introduce two new superbikes in the market, according to MCN. The first would be a heavily upgraded CBR1000RR Fireblade, that will be designed for road use and the second will be a track focused RVF1000 V4, which is based on the Honda RC213V-S MotoGP replica.
If all things are a go with Honda, the Fireblade will arrive in the market by 2017, which will be based on the current CBR1000RR, with a lot of refreshments. The Fireblade will be a road focused machine, built to be used everyday on the streets, rather than a pure track motorcycle.
The RVF1000 V4 on the other hand will be a purely track focused motorcycle. If Honda is willing to put this motorcycle under production, it will compete with existing models such as the Yamaha R1M, Aprillia RSV4 RF, and the Ducati Panigale R.
MCN also recently uncovered patent and trademark drawings of the new RVF1000 V4, which shared a lot of common elements with the RC213V-S. Honda has neither confirmed nor declined the plan to manufacture the RVF1000 V4, but has gone ahead to make trademark applications to register the RVF name.
During the recent Milan Motorcycle Show, MCN had spoken to Tetsuo Suzuki, the Head of Honda Research and Design department, and Suzuki confirmed that there are currently three projects that have been raised and is under serious consideration.
Suzuki said that there are three options open at Honda at the moment - a replacement for the Fireblade, the RVF1000, and a cheaper version of the RC213V-S. Honda will study all three possibilities and one, or two out of the three will make it to the production line.
There is a high chance that Honda will settle with the RVF1000 instead of the cheaper RC213V-S, since the company has taken a step towards trademark applications. If everything goes according to plan, the RVF1000 V4 could make it to the market a little after the upgraded Fireblade launches.
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