Honda CBR400R may get CBR250RR inspired fascia - Report

26/10/2018 - 17:00 | ,   | Suvil Susvirkar

Young Machine reports that the Honda CBR400R could get a sharper design in its new iteration that would be inspired by the CBR250RR. The quarter-litre motorcycle from Honda, which made its debut in July 2016, comes with muscular design that is complemented by full LED headlight, 250cc parallel twin-cylinder engine and premium hardware. A near identical setup will reportedly be carried on the 2019 CBR400R that will make its debut at the 2018 EICMA motorcycle show next month.

Honda Cbr400r Render Right Side
Top to bottom: 2018 Honda CBR400R, 2019 Honda CBR400R Render and 2019 Honda CBR250RR. The digital render of the upcoming CBR400R imagines the model with revised fascia and redesigned fairing.

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The 2018 CBR400R already comes with full LED headlight and muscular styling. Apart from the new headlight design, the MY2019 version of the 400cc motorcycle is also expected to carry a tweaked fairing shape that will resemble the quarter-litre Honda. The front blinkers are expected to be repositioned, and likely to sit higher than the current model. The styling on the MY2019 version will most likely be offered with updated graphics and new colour options.

The revised styling will help the 400cc motorcycle compete against its rivals, the new Kawasaki Ninja 400 and the Yamaha YZF-R3. The Yamaha YZF-R3 is the only motorcycle among the three models above that comes with upside-down telescopic front forks.

The hardware, however, may not receive a significant upgrade as the upcoming motorcycle is expected to retain a similar suspension setup as the current model. Thus, you would see conventional telescopic front forks, along with a monoshock suspension at the rear, performing the shock absorbing tasks.

Will we see a Euro-V compliant engine on the MY2019 Honda CBR400R? The new emission norms are scheduled to come into effect from 2020, and thus, it would not be incorrect to expect the upgrade on the 2019 CBR400R. The performance numbers could see some changes. For reference, the current CBR400R uses a 399 cc, parallel twin-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, 4-valve DOHC engine with fuel injection. The motor is tuned to deliver maximum power output of 46 hp at 9,500 rpm and peak torque of 37 Nm at 7,500 rpm. The engine is mated to a six-speed transmission.

A 320mm single petal-type disc brake at the front and a 220mm single petal-type unit at the rear will continue to provide stopping power while the safety net includes dual-channel ABS. The MY2019 version will retain the split, step-up saddle that is seen on the current generation model.

Honda Cbr400r Render With New Yamaha Yzf R3 And Kawasaki Ninja 400
The 2019 Honda CBR400R render placed next to its rivals, the new Yamaha YZF-R3 and Kawasaki Ninja 400. The YZF-R3 is the only motorcycle to get upside-down telescopic front forks.

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It is highly unlikely to see the CBR400R arrive on the Indian shores.


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