14.5 BHP @ 8000 rpm (Expected)
14.61 NM @ 6000 rpm (Expected)
The Honda Revfest has surprisingly bought us a new member in the Indian automobile society, tough enough to play hard with the existing competitors. Named as the Honda CB Hornet 160R, the bike is something which Honda never had purely tried in the past. Premium feel would surround the newcomer as it is not made like every other commuter in the market or by Honda itself. The lack of a naked bike with pure street bike feel can be fulfilled by the muscular and tough looking body design. Lean bikes have always been Honda’s way of biking but the changing market scenario forced them to bring a popular non-Indian bike series name ‘The Hornet’ under an economical engine size for the country.
Design & Style
The CB Hornet 160R comes inspired from the design of the concept Honda bike, the CX-01, which was showcased at the last year’s Auto Expo. It comes with a bit different approach as all the Honda bikes in the segment are more commuters than the famous street fighter designing. The tank gets a muscular cowl, which houses the Honda’s wing symbol over it. Front gets a Honda style headlight and the most noticeable point becomes its mid-ship exhaust design. The alloy wheel design is new to the Honda family and looks great on the Hornet 160R. The tank has been precisely chiselled from each angle, making it more muscular than any other bike in the Honda’s Portfolio. The rear gets an X shaped tail light and a wide tyre, which is always missing from Honda’s motorcycle range.
The Hornet is said to replace the CB Trigger and comes with the same instrument console which was used in the former. It is a fully digital rectangular unit, cleanly defining all the requirements, from a bar form tachometer to a digital speedometer, it carries everything like trip distance, fuel indicator etc. The unit looks good because it’s not as dated as many of the currently running street fighters.
Engine & Performance
The engine below the tank is said to be the same unit which is currently available on the CB Unicorn 160. The 162.71 cc, single cylinder engine is expected to produce 14.5 BHP and 14.61 NM of torque. The gearbox remains the same 5-speed unit of the Unicorn and no changes are said to be done to the gear ratios also. The engine would come with HET (Honda Eco Technology) and will feature a good balance between style, economy and power.
Brakes & Suspension
The Hornet 160R is expected to stay the same till its production and come equipped with two disc brakes, one for the front and the other for the rear. The availability of CBS (Combi Braking System) is undoubtedly true, which would make it the best bike in terms of braking in its segment. The suspension at the front is telescopic whereas the rear gets a monoshock suspension. The tuning is said to be improved, providing much comfortable riding experience to the rider as well as pillion.
Expected Ex-showroom Price
Honda’s CB Hornet 160R is expected to be above the Unicorn in the Honda’s line-up, demanding a bigger price tag of approximately INR 80,000. It is expected to be with a single variant and the colors available would be highlighted at the time of launch.
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