While not a major revamp of the previous year's model, the 2013-spec CBR 600RR does feature some modifications and upgrades. The 599cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four-cylinder engine is unchanged, but the Dual-Stage Ram Air funnel that feeds air into it has been redesigned. The new, nose-mounted, two-stage ram air system provides a high volume of cool air to the airbox, with the result being improved throttle response, power delivery across the entire rev range. The other notable feature on the 2013 model is the front suspension, which is an all-new unit, using Showa Big Piston inverted forks for a smoother and more responsive compression and rebound action. Improved front-end feedback has been complemented by the rear shock's Unit Pro Link design, which uses revised settings.
The CBR 600RR uses a twin diecast aluminium frame, with lightweight cast aluminium wheels in the 12-spoke style of the CBR 1000RR. Disc brakes front and rear use radial-mounted monoblock front calipers which deliver better feel and more powerful, linear stopping.* Bodywork is inspired by the RC213V MotoGP racer, with two colours available: Victory Red and Graphite Black. Available in Honda dealerships from November, the 2013 Honda CBR 600RR retails for $14,390 MRLP.
See your Honda dealer for further details, call the 1300 1 HONDA dealer locator, or go to www.hondamotorcycles.com.au for further details.
*overseas models pictured come with ABS braking, which is not available on Australian-delivered CBR 600RRs.