Finally the wait for CBR150R is over now. According to news reported by Business Standard., HMSI (Honda Motor & Scooter India ltd) is all set to launch CBR150R in the next month. HMSI is planning to launch CBR150R motorcycle at about Rs. 1,15,000 and it is aiming to sell around 3,500 units a month. Earlier the company had showcased CBR150R at Auto Expo 2012 and announced that it will launch this motorcycle at price below Rs. 1,20,000.
Honda CBR150R is downsized version of CBR250R. As far as design and other specification concern there is no such changes. However the big change is in department of Engine. The 150cc engine will generate maximum power of 18.5 bhp @ 10,500 rpm and maximum torque of 12.6 Nm@ 7,500 rpm which is considerably low compared to 25bhp and 23Nm of CBR250R. Apart from this nothing has been changed except the dimensions of bike (lenth x width x height). The biggest advantage of engine downsizing is price and fuel efficiency. It is now cheaper by around Rs. 30,000 from CBR 250R and will have decent fuel efficiency.
HMSI has priced CBR150R very sensibly. It is cheaper by Rs. 2,500 compared to KTM Duke 200 and Rs. 8,000 dearer compared to face lifted version of Yamaha YZF R-15 V2.0. Honda aims to take on both of these motorcycle with the launch of CBR150R. Currently, Yamaha YZF R15 V2.0 clocks around 3,000 units and KTM Duke’s delivery has not started yet. It seems that bike enthusiast will have more choice in Rs. 1 -1.2 lakhs segment as it is the segment which is growing at a rapid speed.
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