New Honda 200cc Motorcycle To Be Launched Soon
During the last few months, the 160cc two-wheeler segment was abuzz with activity. Suzuki introduced the Gixxer BS6 edition, and Yamaha introduced the greener FZ V3 range. In the meantime, with some slight changes and a major price hike, Honda released the BS6 X-Blade, while the Unicorn got an all-new 160cc engine. The Apache RTR 160 4V was given a facelift by TVS while Hero shocked everyone by riding in the new Xtreme 160R.
One bike was overlooked in all of this: Honda CB Hornet 160R. Shocking to see the famous Hornet absent from the revised bikes list. Honda seems to have prepared something major for the CB Hornet and through our sources, we have noticed it will be launched in a more powerful guise. Honda is expected to launch the 200cc engine CB Hornet to take on TVS including Apache RTR 200 4V, Bajaj Pulsar NS 200, and Hero Xtreme 200R.
In 2019 Honda had licensed the Indian market for the CBF190R. This leads us to believe that this bike might be the basis for the upcoming Honda CB Hornet 200R The CBF190R styling is simpler and more sportive than the CB Hornet 160R with straight lines and a distinct headlight with LEDs. It also features a console with an all-digital instrument.
The Honda CBF190R is powered by an air-cooled 184cc single-cylinder engine which produces 16.86PS and 16.3Nm. The power figures aren’t perfect as you can see and are equivalent to the Honda X-Blade and the Apache RTR 160 4V.
We are confident that Honda engineers should have reworked the engine to meet BS6 emission requirements and gain more power as well. It’ll be fascinating to see whether a 5-speed or a 6-speed gearbox will appear in the New Honda 200cc bike.
In comparison to the CB190R, the Honda CB Hornet 200R does not have an upside-down front fork (USD) and will be fitted with a traditional telescopic fork to keep costs under control. It will feature front and back, however, and ABS is likely to be standard on dual-channel.
Honda has been very quiet about her New Honda 200cc bike and we believe it makes perfect sense for the brand in Japan. The Honda X-Blade BS6 has priced at nearly Rs 1.07 lakh, a huge Rs 17.500 improvement over the BS4 model. This meant the X-Blade and the CB Hornet 160R would overlap each other and thus Honda should have wanted to move up and join the segment of 200ccs.
The TVS Apache RTR 200 4V is priced at Rs 1.27 lakh and we expect to be priced under Rs 1.40 lakh ( ex-showroom) for the upcoming Honda CB Hornet 200R. Even the New Honda 200cc bike would be a perfect improvement for current owners of Hornet 160R and X-Blade.