Unveiled at the Honda RevFest event earlier this year, the Hornet will pickup up a fight against the Yamaha FZ V2.0 series and Suzuki Gixxer. Honda has been struggling to establish a strong market share in the premium 150-160 segment and things finally started looking bright after the launch of the new Unicorn. The Hornet is expected to support its bikini faired stablemate in bringing significant sales volumes.
Though the CB Hornet 160 shares its underpinnings with the CB Unicorn 160, it adopts a fresh and muscular styling. Highlights include a sporty fuel tank with cladding, a simple headlamp, petal discs at both ends, fully digital instrument console, a stout silencer with a silver guard, silver side cowls, split grab rails and an interesting taillight.
The 162.7 cc single-cylinder air-cooled carbureted engine dishes out 14.5 bhp and 14.61 Nm of torque. Transmission duties are handled by a 5-speed unit.
The Honda CB Hornet 160R will be positioned as a more premium and sportier alternative to the new Unicorn. Expect the pricing to be in the vicinity of INR 75,000 (ex-showroom).