In a surprise update, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India have announced the CB300R for the Indian market. Bookings for the CB300R have commenced for a token amount of INR 5,000 and the motorcycle, which will arrive at the Indian market via the CKD route, will be launched below the INR 2.5 lakh (ex-showroom) price range. Buyers can select from two colour options – Matte Axis Gray Metallic and Candy Chromosphere Red.
Speaking about on the announcement of the CB300R for the Indian market, Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Senior Vice President – Sales and Marketing, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India said:
Driven by the need to discover and challenge new frontiers, the CB300R is for true enthusiasts willing to try new ideas and experiences. Not only will it add more adrenaline to daily riding, Neo Sports Café styled CB300R is sure to turn around heads on the streets. The CB300R will be Made-in-India and priced below INR 2.5 lakh (ex-showroom) for customers to experience Honda’s superior technology and thrill of riding.
The Honda CB300R draws 30.9 bhp of maximum power at 8,500 rpm and 27.5 Nm of peak torque at 7,500 rpm from its 286cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled, single cylinder, fuel-injected engine. The motor is paired with a 6-speed gearbox. The motorcycle is claimed to return 30.2km/l. With a 10-litre fuel tank, the CB300R can cover over 300 km between fuel stops.
Stopping power comes from 296 mm disc brakes, mounted radially and grabbed by 4-pot callipers with an ABS G-Sensor. The Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) controls front to rear distribution of ABS depending on the vehicle posture.
The cockpit includes a fully digital instrument console. Full LED lighting comprises indicators, and a thin circular LED headlight with a built-in signature horseshoe-shaped lamp.
The NEO SPORTS CAFÉ DNA styling is inspired by its bigger siblings – the CB1000R and the CB650R. The litre-class roadster has already arrived in the Indian market while the middleweight version could come later in the year.
The frame uses tubular and pressed steel while the suspension setup includes 41mm upside-down telescopic forks at the front and a single shock with seven-step adjustments at the rear. A 40-degree turning angle will come handy while filtering through the city traffic.
The Honda CB300R will compete against the KTM 390 Duke and BMW G 310 R in the Indian market. The sub-2.5 lakh price tag will put it very close to the Austrian roadster that retails for INR 2.44 lakh (ex-showroom).