Better than the old one?
As the owner of a 2002 Honda CBR600F Sport, I would expect it to be. Mine did 20k on the road and has now done nearly 40 UK Track Days. t's never missed a beat and having ridden plenty of current model Hornets, I fully anticipate the CBR600FA to be better than mine.
I've also ridden plenty of CBF600's, another cracking bike. These bikes aren't designed to win the bhp battle with Supersports bikes. Indeed, Honda pitch the new CBR600FA it firmly in their Sports Touring range in their 2011 brochure.
It's clearly a bike for the real world, reminding the large majority that they can't ride a Supersports bike to 100% of its potential anyway. I dare anyone to pitch an average rider on a Blade against a good rider on any one of the 600cc bikes I've named and not get their arse well and truly kicked, on road or on track.
I think what some people are missing is the point that the current Hornet is a bloody good bike. So, a great number of tweaks here and there (according to Honda insiders) and new aerodynamics make for a pretty good package I would venture.
The only thing that leaves me slightly wary would be the price. If it's priced competitively (whilst allowing for difficult trading conditions), then I don't see why it can't sell a number of units in the UK. If not, it's another VFR1200F I'm afraid. Fantastic bike, but just a tad too dear.