The new sports commuter from Honda Motorcycle India marks the brand’s entry into the 180-200cc segment
Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India (HMSI) has launched the all-new 2020MY BS6-compliant sports commuter, Hornet 2.0 on its first-ever digital launch platform. Dubbed ‘street sport bike’, the new Honda Hornet 2.0 comes in four colours: Pearl Igneous Black, Matte Sangria Red Metallic, Matte Marvel Blue Metallic and Matte Axis Grey Metallic. Ex-showroom prices start at Rs 1.26 lakh.
The Japanese automaker, which celebrates 20 years on the Indian market, states that the Hornet 2.0 was developed with key inputs from its motorsport division. To emphasis this, the virtual launch was conducted at Buddh International Circut (BIC), Greater Noida.
This is the very first product from Honda Motorcycle India to play in our market’s highly competitive 180-200cc segment. To announce the news, the all-new Honda Hornet 2.0 boasts of some segment-first features and equipment as well. It primarily rivals the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V, Bajaj Pulsar NS200, Hero Xpulse 200T and to an extent, KTM 200 Duke.
Atsushi Ogata, MD, President and CEO of Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India (HMSI), comments that the brand’s latest offering is “set to create a new benchmark among young motorcycle enthusiasts”. It further marks HMSI’s portfolio expansion. Yadwinder Singh Guleria, Director (Sales & Marketing) of HMSI shares that the new Hornet 2.0 is a “transformation of Honda’s racing DNA into street riding”. It is a “call out to those who want to fly against the wind,” states Mr Guleria.
The new Honda Hornet 2.0 sports a forward-leaning riding position and an aerodynamic design language. It gets LED lighting all around among other interesting additions. The list includes golden USD front forks (a first in the sub-200cc segment), digital instrument console with ‘negative liquid crystal meter’; petal disc brakes (276mm and 220mm), single-channel ABS, engine kill switch, wider tubeless tyres (110/70R17 and 140/70/R17 units at the front and rear, respectively), hazard switch, etc.
|Honda Hornet 2.0 Specs|
|Ground Clearance||167 mm|
|Kerb Weight||142 kgs|
|Fuel Tank||12 L|
|Power||17.26 bhp @ 8500 rpm|
|Torque||16.1 Nm @ 6000 rpm|
|Front Tyre||110/70 – R17|
|Rear Tyre||140/70 – R17|
|Front Brake||276 mm Disc|
|Rear Brake||220 mm Disc|
For enhanced ergonomics, the key inlet is situated on the fuel tank. It also gets split seats, a short-and-stubby muffler and 5-spoke alloy wheels. Honda Motorcycle India offers a special warranty package of six years for the Hornet 2.0. This combines a 3-year standard scheme with an optional 3-year top-up.
Engine & specs
Powering the new Honda Hornet 2.0 is a BS6-compliant 184.4cc HET PGM-FI air-cooled single-cylinder engine, good for 17bhp @ 8,500rpm and a best-in-class midrange torque of 16.1Nm @ 6,000rpm. The 5-speed transmission helps it cross 200 metres from a standstill in 11.25 seconds. The motorcycle has a kerb weight of 142kg and holds a 12-litre fuel tank. Multiple colour options are on offer with the new Honda Hornet.