Honda showcased the 2018 CB Hornet 160R at the Auto Expo earlier this year. The updated motorcycle now has been launched in India and the price starts from Rs. 84,675. It is available in four variants. This is the second bike that Honda launched in the segment this year. Earlier, the XBlade was launched in the market.
Variant prices: Standard – Rs. 84,675, CBS – Rs. 89,175, ABS STD – Rs. 90,175, ABS DLX – Rs. 92,675.
The updated Hornet 160R offers additional features and looks thoroughly updated too. The bike now also gets ABS as an optional feature. Visually, the motorcycle looks similar to the previous model but the new body graphics and colour options add a refreshed look to the motorcycle. The new Hornet 160R now also gets a LED headlamp, similar to the Honda XBlade. Honda is currently the only manufacturer in the segment to offer LED lamps in the segment.
The Hornet 160R continues to get its futuristic-looking all-digital console. However, the housing has been restyled to make the console look and feel new. The backlit has been updated to blue instead of amber that was seen on the previous model.
Honda has kept the 162.7cc engine untouched. The single-cylinder, air-cooled engine develops a maximum power of 14.9 Bhp and peak torque of 14.5 Nm of peak torque. There is a 5-speed transmission that sends power to the rear wheel through a final chain drive. The other cycle parts like the telescopic front forks and a monoshock rear suspension set-up remain the same as before. The bike gets petal disc brakes on both the wheels and for the first time, Honda is offering optional ABS in the segment. Suzuki Gixxer SF already offers ABS but it is a fully-faired bike, unlike the Hornet. The ABS unit is a single-channel unit. The base version of the motorcycle comes with drum brakes but it gets Combi-Brake System (CBS) as an optional feature. The CBS distributes the brake force to both and rear wheels to make the braking more effective. The Honda Hornet will take on the likes of Apache RTR 160 4V, Bajaj Pulsar 160 and Yamaha FZ-S FI.