Honda CB Hornet 160R ABS India launch next month

Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India showcased the 2018 Honda Hornet 160R at the recently concluded Auto Expo. Honda is now working to launch the new bike next month in India. The bike gets subtle changes but it is not an all-new model.

Honda CB Hornet 160R ABS India launch next month

The overall design and shape of the bike remain same as the current model. The additional changes include single-channel ABS and an all-new LED headlamp. The bike also gets all-digital instrument cluster and hazard indicators that flash all the four indicators at the same time.

The bike is also expected to gain new colours in the form of Dazzle Yellow Metallic colour alongside the existing one. The new CB Hornet 160R will also get the existing Combi-Brake system and it will be available in four variants – standard, CBS, ABS and ABS Deluxe.

The engine of the bike will remain same as the current model. Honda has kept the engine untouched. It is powered by a 162.71cc single-cylinder Honda Eco-Tec (HET) engine that produces a maximum of 15.2 Bhp at 8,500 rpm and peak torque of 14.76 Nm at 6,500 rpm. It gets a five-speed transmission. The front gets telescopic forks while there is a monoshock at the rear.

The CB Hornet 160R is a premium commuter bike that takes on the likes of Pulsar 160NS, Suzuki Gixxer, TVS Apache RTR 160 and the Yamaha FZ-S in the market. The bike offers disc brakes at both front and rear. There is a 276mm disc brake at front and 220 mm rear disc brake. Both the discs are petal and ventilated brakes.

Honda also showcased the 2018 CBR 250R at the event but there’s no news of the motorcycle coming to the Indian market. However, the Activa 5G and the Honda XBlade will be launched in the Indian market later this year.

Shantonil Nag

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