2013 Honda CBR600RR - First Look

Honda updates its middleweight supersport with better suspension and improved aerodynamics.

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American Honda has released details on its 2013 CBR600RR and CBR600RR C-ABS sportbike models. The standard and combined-anti-lock-brake versions have each received a short, yet seemingly significant list of updates aimed at improved performance for track and back road riding.

New MotoGP-inspired bodywork is claimed to reduce aerodynamic drag over the previous model by 6.5 percent. Honda says this “newly found aerodynamic efficiency” has not only improved handling agility, but offers better wind deflection for enhanced rider comfort.

A redesigned ram-air system, now centrally located in the fairing, combines with revised ECU and fuel map settings tuned to create more midrange power and improved throttle response in the upper rpm range. Last year's CBR600RR was not lacking midrange when compared to its peers; perhaps these changes will help it keep pace with Kawasaki's new 636cc ZX-6R?

The 2013 Honda CBR600RR gets a new 41mm Showa Big Piston Fork along with a revised shock setting said to improve the overall performance of its Unit Pro-Link rear suspension. While pricing information has not yet been disclosed, the standard model will be available in Red, White/Blue/Red or a Repsol Edition that marks the first time the CBR600RR has been available in those familiar racing colors. The C-ABS model is available in Red only.

2013 Honda CBR600RR C-ABS - Red

2013 Honda CBR600RR C-ABS - Red

2013 Honda CBR600RR - Repsol Edition

2013 Honda CBR600RR - Repsol Edition

2013 Honda CBR600RR - White/Blue/Red

2013 Honda CBR600RR - White/Blue/Red