Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. has launched the new CB Unicorn 160 at a starting price of Rs 69,350 (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the standard version! The motorcycle is also available with Honda’s Combi-Brake System (CBS) at INR 74,414 (ex-showroom, Delhi).
- New more powerful engine
- Targeted at youth between 25-35 years of age
- Best in class compression ratio for optimum punch
- Weight balance for vibration reduction
- Better cooling performance
CB Unicorn 160 Engine
The new motorcycle gets a 163 cc motor that pumps out 14.5 bhp of peak power at 8,000 rpm and an interesting 14.61 Nm of maximum torque at 6,000 rpm. Kerb weight of 135 kg is the same as the Suzuki Gixxer’s; the bhp is almost identical too, but the torque figure is better on the new Honda… Also, the company claims a fuel-efficiency figure of 62 kmpl.
CB Unicorn 160 Colors
New CB Unicorn 160 is available in four color options
- Imperial Red Metallic
- Pearl Black
- Geny Grey Metallic
- Sunbeam White
The CBS version of Unicorn 160 is cheaper than CB Triggers which may hint at the possibility of the latter going out of sale. With this new offering, Honda intends to consolidate its presence in the premium 150-160cc segment which is dominated by the Apache and the new entrant Gixxer is also doing well. This segment will also see new launches from Bajaj (Pulsar 150NS) and Hero Xtreme Sports.
BikeAdvice’s Quick Take
Honda has continuously used ‘aggressive styling’ and ‘targeted at youth’ for the motorcycle but we beg to differ! Honda has played real safe with this bike’s design and it appears to be a more powerful commuter with forward biased seating posture and a full heal-toe gear shifter. This may appeal more to family buyers around or above the age of 30 years and we also think, it may snatch a few thousand units of their old Unicorn.
How good or bad it is on the roads can only be known when we get to ride it up, which we believe should be soon.
We will talk more about the motorcycle, along with its price and spec comparisons with the competition in the coming hours. Keep tuned