This is the first made-in-India Honda motorcycle in the 180-200cc segment
- The Honda Hornet 2.0 is powered by a 184cc single-cylinder air-cooled, fuel-injected engine.
- It produces 2.11PS and 1.6Nm more than the bike it replaces, the now-discontinued CB Hornet 160R.
- Honda has equipped the motorcycle with premium USD fork, all-LED lighting and a single-channel ABS.
Honda India has launched its first made-in-India motorcycle in the 180cc-200cc category, the Hornet 2.0. It serves as the replacement to the now-discontinued BS4-compliant Honda CB Hornet 160R. Priced at Rs 1,26,921 (ex-showroom Delhi), the motorcycle is Rs 29,260 dearer than the top-end DLX variant of the 160cc Hornet.
Powering the motorcycle is a new 184cc single-cylinder air-cooled engine with fuel injection (FI). Interestingly, the Honda CB190R sold in the International market also gets a similar 184cc air-cooled FI engine. The powerplant works alongside a 5-speed transmission in the Hornet 2.0, and it produces 17.2PS at 8500rpm and 16.1Nm at 6000rpm. It features friction reduction and thermal efficiency enhancing technologies like roller rocker arm, piston cooling jet like the one in the Honda Activa 125. To give you a perspective, the smaller engined 160cc Hornet makes 15.09PS and 14.5Nm.
Underpinnings include a gold-finished inverted fork, which is a first for a made-in-India Honda. The rear uses a monoshock that’s adjustable for preload. For optimum braking performance, this motorcycle uses petal discs that have a greater surface area compared to conventional discs. It gets a 276mm petal disc up front and a 220mm unit at the rear, with a single-channel ABS as standard. We’d have liked it if Honda hadn’t compromised and had provided a dual-channel ABS at least as an option.
The 17-inch alloy wheels are wrapped with a meaty 110-section front and a 140-section at the rear. In contrast to our expectations, the tyres aren’t radial units. At 142kg kerb, the motorcycle is just 1kg heavier than the DLX variant of the CB Hornet 160R. That’s pretty impressive considering this motorcycle packs a bigger engine apart from a bunch of other changes. The ground clearance is also 3mm higher than its predecessor, at 167mm. At 12 litres, the fuel tank capacity remains unchanged.
In a first for the Hornet range, the new motorcycle packs an all-LED lighting system and a fully-digital instrument cluster with adjustable brightness and a gear position indicator. The key slot is now placed on the fuel tank for a more premium appeal. It also gets a hazard lamp switch like the 160cc Hornet. Bookings are already open and the motorcycle will hit the showrooms from the first week of September. The Honda Hornet 2.0’s key rivals include the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V and the Bajaj Pulsar NS200.