The Honda CB Hornet 160R is a brand-new motorcycle that competes in the premium 150-160 cc class. Competing with the FZ v2.0 and Gixxer, which are both selling well, this will be the smallest motorbike under the Hornet brand. Just as we had predicted, the base price of a Hornet will be Rs 79,900 (about $1050) not including taxes and shipping to your door from Delhi.
Since CB Trigger was unable to make a dent in the market, it will be replaced by the Hornet 160R. But Honda’s new Unicorn 160 is popular among families looking for a practical vehicle, and the Hornet is aimed at young adults in college who like a bit of sportiness in their motorcycles.
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Hornet 160R Price
The motorcycle is available in the following two variants…
- CB Hornet 160R STD: Rs 79,990*
- CB Hornet 160R CBS: Rs 84,400*
*prices ex-showroom Delhi.
Hornet Colour Options
Honda will be selling the Hornet 160R in the following five color options:
- Pearl Night Star Black
- Pearl Siren Blue
- Neo Orange (metallic)
- Sports Red
- Pearl Amazing White
Honda CB Hornet 160R Mileage
The patented HET-based engine churns out a good mileage figure of 59 Kmpl (ARAI certified). Importantly, the engine is BS-IV compliant as well.
Honda Hornet Engine
The Hornet 160R features the same air-cooled 162.71 cc engine as the standard model. At 8,500 rpm, it generates maximum power of 15.6 bhp (an increase from 14.5 bhp), while at 6,500 rpm, it generates maximum torque of 14.76 Nm (an increase of 0.15 Nm over the Unicorn 160). Hornet 160R has larger rear tyres (140/70 17) than those found on the Unicorn 160 (110/80 17).
The front brakes are a 276 mm petal disc with 3 pot callipers, and the back brakes are a 220 mm petal disc with CBS (Collision Brake System), all of which are available as options. An optional rear 130 mm drum assembly is also included with the base model. Powered by a 1.2-liter 4-cylinder engine and mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission, the manufacturer claims a top speed of 110 kph.
Hornet has a sleek, sporty design with an electronic dashboard. In addition, it is the first motorcycle of its kind to meet the strict BS-IV emission standards (which will become mandatory in April 2017). The drum brake version of the Hornet weighs 140 kg, whereas the disc brake version weighs 142 kg kerb. Approximately 12 liters of gas can be stored in the tank.
Honda CB Hornet 160R Performance and Handling
Honda CB Hornet 160R Specifications and Features
|Dimensions & Weight|
|Kerb Weight||140 kg|
|Ground Clearance||164 mm|
|Power (BHP)||15.44 bhp @ 8,500 rpm|
|Torque (NM)||14.76 Nm @ 6,500 rpm|
|Cooling System||Air Cooled|
|No of gears||5|
|Drive Type||Chain Drive|
|Fuel efficiency||52 kmpl|
|Fuel delivery system||–|
|Suspensions, Brakes, Steering & Tyres|
|Wheel Size (inches)||17 inches|
|Tyre Size Front||100/80-17|
|Tyre Size Rear||140/70-17|
|Battery||12V – 4Ah (MF)|
|Headlight Bulb Type||12V 35/35W|
|Stand warning/indicator (Stand Alarm)||No|
|Engine kill switch (Killswitch)||No|
|Tail light type (Brake/Tail Light)||LED Tail Lamp|
|ABS (Antilock Braking System)||No|
As of now, Honda has declared the launch of the Hornet in the country’s 21 most populous urban areas. Sales will expand to the rest of the country in the new year. Soon after tomorrow’s motorcycle ride in Goa, we’ll post our thoughts here. Watch this space…
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