This new engine is fed by 40mm throttle bodies to valves we assume are the same sizes as last year's bike, already the largest in its class. A new centrally located ram-air duct similar to the RC51 gulps the atmosphere into an airbox now 0.7 liters larger. The intake charge is squeezed at a slightly higher compression ratio of 12.2:1 by forged aluminum pistons that are now shot-peened for greater durability. A new knock sensor maintains optimal spark advance and makes compensation for lower-octane fuel. Lighter internals allow for a 500-rpm higher redline, now up to 15,700 revs, which should put it close to the Yamaha R6's true redline. A new stainless steel exhaust system, finally with an ECU-controlled back-pressure valve, has a smaller muffler that now exits above the new LED taillight.
Honda says the powerband of the new CBR is smoother and more linear than before, and it has a "noticeably stronger pull" between 7000 and 10,000 rpm. An improved powerband is a must, because Honda claims 118 horsepower at 13,500 rpm, only 3 ponies up on its claim for the old bike at 13,000 revs. Peak torque of 48.7 lb-ft is identical to the previous year and 250 rpm higher.