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A rumour has surfaced indicating that a new Honda superbike is on its way for debut in 2017. This would see the Japanese manufacturer finally developing a replacement of its aging Honda CBR1000RR.

The rumour gets interesting with as speculations of a V4-powered machine rose to replace the familiar in-line four-cylinder layout. This also led to further speculations of it bearing a new ‘RVF’ nameplate instead of ‘CBR’.

As the debate continues, the incoming new Honda superbike has big expectations bestowed on it given the fact that the CBR1000RR’s rivals such as the Yamaha YZF-R1, the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R and Suzuki GSX-R1000 have been significantly updated with increased power and greater technology packages. At the very least, the new Honda superbike will need to have traction control in its features list.

One source highlighted that the new superbike will likely be linked with Honda’s World Superbike Championship (WSBK) campaign that now sees star rider Nicky Hayden competing for them in the series. Honda does need to provide Hayden with a decently competitive machine whilst his two-year contract is in effect.

2015-Honda-CBR1000RR4

Another source, on the other hand, is speculating that Honda’s new superbike could be a revised and basic version of the Honda RC213V-S limited edition and street-legal GP bike. The prospects of a V4-powered Honda superbike at a much more affordable price than the RC213V-S does hold a high market potential as well.

Sources: Asphaltandrubber and Visordown