The 160cc Honda X-Blade is launched in India at Rs 78,500. It is presented in sporty color options and gets a number of sporty accents that set it apart from its keen competitors among which are TVS Apache 160, Suzuki Gixxer, Bajaj Pulsar NS 160. The X-Blade is positioned on the Honda 160cc platform that also underpins the CB Unicorn 160 and CB Hornet 160R.
Design – Honda X-Blade follows a similar design as is seen on the Honda CB Hornet 160R. It boasts of a sporty design that will instantly appeal to a younger segment of buyers in the country. It gets a tall fly screen, LED head and tail lamps, an underbody cowl and twin exhaust muffler. The X-Blade also receives sharp grab rails, a rear tyre hugger and matte black side panels all of which combine to enhance its sporty look.
Features and Dimensions – Honda X-Blade gets a full digital console with gear position indicator, service indicator and hazard lights besides a white back light. It sits on narrow tyres and braking is via disc brake in the front and drum brake at the rear. It gets telescopic front forks and monoshock suspension at the rear.
Honda X-Blade measures 2,013mm in length, 786mm in width and 1,115mm in height. It has kerb weight of 140 kgs and wheelbase of 1,347mm with ground clearance of 160mm. The X-Blade gets 100/80 R17 front and 140/70 R17 rear tyres and features also include a digital clock, a long seat, seal chain and hazard switch. It receives a 12 liter fuel tank while kerb weight stands at 140 kgs.
Engine Specifications – Honda X-Blade is powered by a 162.71cc, HET engine offering 13.93 bhp peak power at 8,500 rpm and 13.9 Nm torque at 6,000 rpm mated to a 5 speed gearbox. This engine is designed for low and mid range performance.
Color options – The X-Blade gets innovative color options of Matte Marvel Blue Metallic, Matte Frozen Silver Metallic, Pearl Spartan Red, Pearl Igneous Black and Matte Marshal Green Metallic. These colors add to the sporty appeal of the bike and find favor with young biking aficionados in the country.
Competition – The XBlade competes with Yamaha FZ-S, Suzuki Gixxer, TVS Apache RTR 160 4V, Bajaj Pulsar NS160 and Suzuki Gixxer in its segment.