The Sentul International Circuit not just saw Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez’s new ride for this year’s MotoGP races, but it was also the launch platform for the updated new 2016 CBR150R. Back in a sportier avatar the new version manages to tick most of the boxes at least on paper.
New 2016 CBR150R vs Old: Changes
Here is the list of changes that the new CBR150R comes with…
- Honda claims that the bike is pretty much a new one drawn on a clean slate, and well, it does look fresh – a lot actually!
- The wheelbase gets an increment of 13 mm.
- Handlebar has been lowered for a more committed riding posture.
- The chassis too has been made lighter and they say mass is now more centralized. This should help in better riding character and its overall handling.
- Most important – Honda has increased the torque of the motorcycle to 13.7 Nm.
New 2016 CBR150R Engine
The new CBR150R continues with the same 149.4 cc single cylinder, DOHC, liquid cooled fuel injected mill which is mated to a 6-speed gearbox. It churns out the same 17.1 PS of peak power at 9000 rpm and a maximum torque of 13.7 Nm at 7000 rpm.
With each iteration, Honda has been reducing CBR150R’s power and increasing torque. Power has gone down from 17.8 to 17.1 PS for the last three versions whereas torque has increased from 12.66 Nm to 13 Nm and now the highest ever 13.7 Nm.
Remember these specs are for the Indonesian-spec CBR150R whereas the Indian version has remained the same untouched model ever since eternity. It continues to produce 18.28 bhp of peak power at 10500 rpm and a segment-least torque of 12.66 Nm at 8500 rpm. It goes without saying that the Indian model needs significant improvement in torque, even if it comes at the cost of some power.
In terms of looks, the new CBR150R is brilliantly aggressive and looks much more track focussed now. The all-LED head lamp and indicators are embedded in a sharper face and the raised pillion seats gives it a sporty posture. The instrumentation console also becomes an all-digital unit and gets a gear indicator.
New 2016 CBR150 Price & Colours
Honda is offering the new CBR150R in four colour options and here are their respective prices…
- 2016 CBR150R Revolution Red: 32.5 million Indonesian Rupiah (1.65 Lakh INR)
- 2016 CBR150R Nitro Black: 32.5 million Indonesian Rupiah (1.65 Lakh INR)
- 2016 CBR150R Racing Red: 33.1 million Indonesian Rupiah (1.68 Lakh INR)
- 2016 CBR150R Repsol MotoGP Edition: 33.3 million Indonesian Rupiah (1.69 Lakh INR)
Honda continues to price the CBR150R at a premium against Yamaha’s R15 which is sold at 28.9 IDR (equates to about Rs 1.47 Lakh in INR).
*all prices on-road Jakarta
Honda will start deliveries of the new CBR150R in Indonesia by March and they have a sales target of 7000 units per month. The whole package looks real nice and we would definitely want it to be launched here – but alas, Honda India is more focussed on scooters and 100 cc commuters at the moment!
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