Honda has just confirmed that its middleweight supersport, the CBR600RR, is set to make a return. The company has released a teaser video and a few images before the complete reveal on August 21. For one thing, the styling is very close to the new 2020 Honda CBR1000RR-R that we rode at the beginning of the year. That would have been a fairly easy decision for Honda, given the machine already had the centrally mounted air-intake to feed that screaming 599cc engine. The bike also features wings, although not to the same extent as the new ‘Blade. These wings are smaller, un-shrouded, and protrude further.
What is quite clear is that the bodywork borrows styling elements from the larger Honda CBR1000RR-R. For model year 2021, the supersport now uses a redesigned fairing, a sleek headlight and features winglets. Another big change comes in form of the instrumentation, with the CBR600RR now getting a TFT display. It’s not clear if they are absolute aerodynamic solutions, given the bikes low power compared to its bigger sibling, although if they can homologate those for the WorldSSP, they could give the machine the edge it needs.
The new CBR600RR also continues to use an underseat exhaust, despite the expected switch to stricter Euro 5 emission norms. Honda has said that the bike will still use a 599cc engine. However, it will get the latest tech, which means we can expect multiple riding modes, traction control stages, and more. Complete details are likely to be revealed on the day of its unveiling.
Another inclusion is what looks like the same electronics suite as the latest generation Fireblade. The teaser video clearly shows a high-res TFT with multiple riding modes. The bike will also feature power modes, Honda Selectable Torque Control (traction control), wheelie control and engine braking control. The new bike looks like it has a tank cover, just like the CBR1000RR-R, that could be down to increasing the airbox to help prevent unnecessary emissions. For confirmation of that and much more though, we’ll have to wait until the 21st.