X-Blade price is significantly lower than Hornet 160R, so will you buy it over the Honda’s current best selling 160?
As its fourth product of the year, Honda officially unveiled the new X-Blade at the 2018 Auto Expo which is clearly inspired from the Hornet 160R and is based on the same platform.
Launched in March, Honda has increased the price of the motorcycle by a nominal amount. They have also commenced its promotions with a new campaign – ‘One Look is Enough’. The TVC highlights the robo-faced LED headlamp of the motorcycle. It is already on air and will also be shown during the FIFA world cup.
- Full LED headlight with position lamp – segment first
- Dual outlet port silencer
- Wide 130 mm rear tyre
- Longer 1347 mm wheelbase
- Gear position indicator
- Hazard lights
- Service due indicator.
It continues to use the same air cooled 162.71 cc engine which produces 13.93 bhp of peak power at 8500 rpm and 13.9 Nm of max torque at 6000 rpm; and is coupled with a 5-speed gearbox. This is basically a near-Unicorn 160’s tune and lower than Hornet’s 15.04 bhp and 14.76 Nm. It must be known that Honda has lowered both the power and torque of the 2018 Hornet which now comes with ABS (more details).
The new X-Blade has a ground clearance of 160 mm and a kerb weight of 140 kg, along with a fuel tank capacity of 12 liters.
Honda is offering the motorcycle in five colour options…
- Matte Marvel Blue Metallic
- Pearl Igneous Black
- Pearl Spartan Red
- Matte Marshal Green Metallic
- Matte Frozen Silver
Within a span of 3 months, Honda has raised XBlade’s price by Rs 559. This pits the X-Blade right between the Unicorn 160 (CBS variant costs Rs
76,116 77,066) and Hornet 160R (entry STD variant costs Rs 82,359 now Rs 85,234); which means it is Rs Rs 6000+ cheaper than the baby Hornet.
Deliveries of the motorcycle have commenced and in fact, it has been received fairly well if we take a look at the official sales tally. It has sold 24,497 units in the last three months.
Honda has also showcased X-Blade’s Adventure version which comes with some added accessories.