Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India (HMSI) has announced its business plan for the financial year 2014-15 in the 13th Annual Business meet in Japan. We will talk about that in detail but for now let us talk about the most important bit out of that…official confirmation of release of a 160cc motorcycle!
The company aims to target youngsters in urban cities with an all-new 160cc motorcycle which, Honda says, will be stylish and sporty. The motorcycle will be launched by the second quarter of the present financial year and if these quarters confuse you, that is as early as (between) July and September of 2014.
This surprise announcement surely will stir up the Indian two-wheeler market and make Honda’s competitors sit up and take notice, a serious one at that. The 160cc segment is a more premium 150cc segment which has players like the Apache 160 and Yamaha FZ series for now.
This premium 150-160cc segment is going to see some intense action with quite a few interesting launches lined up for the year. Suzuki is almost all set to unleash their prowess in this segment with their stylish Gixxer which will be launched within a few months from now. The new updated FZ version 2 is also set to hit the stores around the second half of this year.
Though, apart from Unicorn, Honda’s other 150ccs have not been able to create the same magic their scooters are creating, the new 160cc motorcycle should be an alarm for all the players playing in this premium segment.
HMSI is all set to heat up the two wheeler market with this new motorcycle and has all of us sitting at the edge of our seats waiting for further information about the engine and its performance.
Honda has not revealed any other detail apart from this. So, your questions – Will it be a naked bike? Will it bear any resemblance with CX-01 Concept that Honda showcased at the Auto Expo? What power output will it produce? etc etc are as good as ours! But we are already on the prowl and let’s hope we manage to find some dope soon.
*Pictured here is CX-01 Concept for representational purposes only