The Hornet 2.0 has started reaching dealerships and deliveries are expected to commence shortly
Honda Two-Wheelers India recently launched the Hornet 2.0, which will serve as a sporty commuter in the 180-200cc segment in the company’s line-up. The CB Hornet 160R has been discontinued, and in its place, Hornet 2.0 has been launched. It has received a new BS6 compliant engine and fresh makeover.
The Hornet 2.0 is the first commuter bike from the Japanese auto giant to feature in this highly competitive segment of 180-200cc. Honda claims that the new Hornet 2.0 doesn’t share any components from its predecessor Hornet 160R. In fact, it borrows its hardware from CBR190R which is sold at the international markets. As evident from the video, the new motorcycle is a lot more muscular in design.
The Japanese two-wheeler manufacturer launched the Hornet 2.0 on the occasion of its 20th anniversary at the Indian market. As mentioned above, the bike has received a complete makeover as seen in the walkaround video below. The video posted by MRD Vlogs on their YouTube channel describes the new bike in detail. Take a look at the first look video of Honda Hornet 2.0 below.
Each body panel has been reconfigured to give it a distinct look and including parts such as the headlamps and tail lamps. The most prominent thing one notices are the sharp extensions of its fuel tank which syncs well with the rest of the body. The headlight cluster gets a new split design. So does the tail light which now gets an X-shaped design.
Another beautiful addition is the faux vents positioned underneath the pillion seat. The new Hornet 2.0 now gets a twin-barrel exhaust. Also, the engine cowl below adds to the sportiness of the bike. The motorcycle is available in four colours– Pearl Igneous Black, Matte Sangria Red Metallic, Matte Axis Grey Metallic and Matte Marvel Blue Metallic.
Coming to the dynamics, the bike employs upside down USD forks at front which is the first in this segment. It stands on 17-inch front and rear wheels with profiles of 110/70 and 140/70 which make it the widest pair of tyres in the segment. Braking duties are carried out by discs of size 276mm and 220mm at front and rear respectively.
As far as powertrain is concerned, it draws its powers from a 184cc single-cylinder air-cooled engine which delivers an output of 17bhp @ 8,500rpm and 16.1 Nm @ 6000rpm. This is a little low considering the competition it faces. This engine is mated to a 5-speed gearbox and is expected to return efficiency of around 40-45 kmpl.
The video has been shot at Ganpati Honda in Gurugram which shows that the motorcycles have started reaching dealerships and deliveries are expected to begin soon. Honda has pitted the Hornet 2.0 against the likes of Bajaj Pulsar NS 200, Apache RTR 200 4V. Hornet 2.0 is offered at a starting price of Rs 1.26 lakh (ex-showroom).