There has been a huge development and evolution in the 600 cc supersport category. The 2017 Honda CBR600RR is one potentially great motorcycle that has been oddly enough to make some impact in this segment. Honda’s CBR600RR has been able to bring out the pure racetrack geometry in production line-up and is also the 1st one to do so. Being able to do so, this model has also spawned the entire industry to make racetrack suits a possibility into road use.
2017 Honda CBR600RR Isn’t Real Option Because:
Right from its first iteration, the CBR600F (also called ‘the hurricane’), is capable of make changes and shape the middleweight sports class. While there have been many rumors regarding the 2017 Honda CBR600RR, it is unfortunate that this new model will not become a reality. According to a Motorcycle News report, Honda has said that there will be no CBR600RR in its 2017 line-up.
Dismay as it might sound; one of the main reasons for this would be the new Euro 4 emission regulations, which is coming into play from January 2017. Honda has said that cost of developing a new CBR600RR to meet this new Euro 4 emission standard will be very high as its engine has to be completely modified or even use a completely new unit.
Honda designs and develops their engine according to the markets which contribute to their engineering cost which is unlike other companies that fund engine R&D at the headquarter levels.
Another reason for this 2017 CBR600RR to not become a reality is the declining sales of this model in Europe which Honda Europe seems to have long looked upon, eventually coming to the decision to make no contributions. Honda US, on the other hand, seems to have no interest in developing an engine that would not be feasible for the American market.
A spokesperson from Honda was heard saying, “To come to this decision for not making the 2017 Honda CBR600RR a reality has been very hard for us. The CBR600 has been one of the greatest importance to the company. The fact that the sales of this model are not growing in figures makes us pave way for another model.”
In place of a new 600 cc Honda could bring a 1000 cc engine
Developing a new 600 cc engine to compile with Euro 4 emission regulations would cost as much as the 1000 cc engine. Not just the cost, but the engineering complexities also come at play. Moreover, coping up with consumer demands for the latest electronics and to present them at a competitive price makes no room for the profit margin to the company. All these factors make it easy to see why Honda has come up with such a disheartening decision.
One close source has also said, “To make this 2017 Honda CBR600RR go through the Euro 4 emission standard requires an extensive work plus its very expensive. To retain all the typical characteristics of this CBR600RR while keeping the new emission standards is one tough job.”
Source : www.2018hondamodels.com