The premium 150-160 cc motorcycle segment has seen the introduction of another new motorcycle – the Honda CB Hornet 160R. This will be the smallest Hornet branded motorcycle in the world and will compete against the FZ v2.0 and Gixxer, both of which are doing pretty well in the market. Hornet starts at a price tag of Rs 79,900 ex-showroom, Delhi as we had predicted earlier.

The Hornet 160R will replace CB Trigger which failed to make any mark in terms of market share. On the other hand, Honda’s new Unicorn 160 has been a hit and has attracted a lot of utilitarian family-oriented customers and with the Hornet, the company is targeting the college-going youth who prefers a bit of sportiness in their bikes. 

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Honda Hornet Engine

Hornet 160R comes with the same 162.71 cc air cooled engine but with little more oomph. It produces 15.6 bhp (up from 14.5 bhp) of maximum power at 8,500 rpm and 14.76 Nm of peak torque (0.15 Nm more than Unicorn 160) at 6,500 rpm. Unlike the Unicorn 160 (110/80 17), the Hornet 160R gets broad 140/70 17 tyres at the rear.

Braking duties are administered by a 276 mm petal disc with 3 pot callipers upfront and an optional 220 mm petal disc at the rear with CBS. The standard variant is also available with a 130 mm drum setup at the rear. Mated with a 5 speed transmission the company claims a top speed of 110 kmph.

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Hornet comes with a sporty body with an all-digital instrumentation console. It is also the first bike in its segment to comply to BS IV emission norms (which will become mandatory in April 2017). Hornet weighs 140 kilos for the drum brake variant and 142 kg for the disc brake trim – kerb! The fuel tank can store 12 litres of fuel.

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Hornet Colour Options

Honda will be selling the Hornet 160R in the following five colour options:

  • Pearl Night Star Black
  • Pearl Siren Blue
  • Neo Orange (metallic)
  • Sports Red
  • Pearl Amazing White

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Hornet 160R Price & Booking

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.

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Honda has also launched a new Android application by the name “CB Hornet 160R” and the bike can be booked directly from this app by making an online payment of Rs 5,000.

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With this, Honda has officially announced start of sales of Hornet in the prime 21 cities of the country. For the rest of the country, sales will begin after the new year. We will be riding the motorcycle tomorrow in Goa and will share a review ASAP! Stay tuned…