2018 Honda CBR250R & 2018 Honda CB Hornet 160R – Auto Expo 2018 live
Praveen M, Engineer-turned-motorcycle journalist. I'm a sucker for cruising down the highways, and twisties in the hills.
Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India unveiled the 2018 version of two of its enthusiast-centric products, the 2018 Honda CBR250R and the 2018 Honda CB Hornet 160R at this year’s Auto Expo in Greater Noida. Here are the bikes’ live images from the event.
2018 Honda CBR250R:
Honda has brought back the CBR250R with a BS-IV compliant engine. Additionally, for 2018 the Japanese brand has also endowed the bike with new LED headlamp; new graphics, and two new colours: Mars Orange and Striking Green in addition to the Pearl Sports Yellow; Sports Red and Vibrant Orange (Repsol). The bike still comes in the same VFR-inspired design language.
Powering the 2018 Honda CBR250R is a single cylinder 249.6 cc engine with liquid cooling and fuel injection. The powerplant makes 26.5 PS at 8,500 rpm, and 22.9 Nm at 7,000 rpm. Pairing with the engine is a 6-speed transmission. The cycle parts remain the same as the previous generation bike, with telescopic front fork and a rear Pro Link Monoshock. The 17-inch alloys are shod with 110-section front and 140-section rear tubeless tyres.
Brakes include 296 mm front and a 220 mm rear disc with dual-channel ABS. Expect Honda to announce the price for the 2018 CBR250R in the weeks ahead.
2018 Honda CB Hornet 160R:
For 2018, the Honda CB Hornet 160R features new LED headlamp, a first in the segment. It also now comes with ABS option; and this makes the Hornet the second Honda bike to feature ABS. Apart from these changes, the bike also gets new graphics, blue back-lit instrumentation and hazard lamps function. The 2018 Honda CB Hornet 160R is available in a new Dazzle Yellow Metallic colour, in addition to existing colours. The bike will be available for sale in 4 variants – Standard, CBS, ABS and ABS Deluxe.
The mechanicals are unchanged, with traditional front fork, and a rear monoshock. The 162.71 cc single cylinder HET mill is good for 15.25 PS at 8,500 rpm; and 14.76 Nm at 6,500 rpm. The engine works in conjunction with a 5-speed gearbox. The addition of LED headlamp will conserve more power and result in better battery life.