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Honda Hornet 160R with new colour variants launched

The new Honda CB Hornet 160R with new colour variants bookings have commenced for INR 5,000. Deliveries will start from this month.

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Honda Motorcycle and Sooter India, the second largest two wheeler manufacturer in the country, has announced the launch of new colour variants of Hornet 160R. These two new colours are Athletic Blue Metallic and Sports Red. The two existing colours with 2017 range are Striking Green and Mars Orange.

Price of the new 2017 Hornet 160R starts from INR 82,095 for the base variant and INR 86,595 for the CBS (combi-brake system equipped) variant. All prices are ex-showroom, New Delhi.

The new Hornet rivals 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 was expected to support its bikini faired stablemate in bringing significant sales volumes, but that did not happen. Now, with updated colours, HMSI expects the sales to increase.

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. Based on this, Honda is reportedly working on a fully faired Hornet, which will be launched later this year.