Honda had a big job to do in bringing the Fireblade into the modern, digital world without alienating the traditionalists who have kept it so popular for so long. There’s plenty here for both sides to admire. The SP is a classy blend of familiar shapes, red-white-blue colour and high-quality finish, with the benefit of features including the new digital display. The interface is innovative and rider-friendly, with five riding modes each offering its own blend of throttle response, traction control and engine braking.
Compared to the outgoing model, this new Fireblade is faster, lighter, more manoeuvrable and infinitely more sophisticated. Like the original FireBlade, it impresses not just with power and speed, but with a balance and agility that make it fast and fun in a wide variety of situations. This new Blade is not the undoubted market leader like its famous forebear of a quarter of a century ago, but it’s a classy machine that brings Honda back to the super-sports sharp end at last.
Price of our bike: £19,125