The HMSI (Honda Motors & Scooters India Ltd.) have brought the wait to an end once and for all, by launching the Honda CBR 150R. it is expected that the bike may make their appearance on the Indian roads towards the end of this month. The company had spoken about this bike during the Auto Expo 2012 in January at New Delhi.
As promised the company has come up with the same price tag which they had announced during the expo. The bike – the standard variant, can be yours for a price of Rs. 1, 16,385 (ex-showroom Delhi). Honda had then declared that the price of the bike would not exceed Rs. 1.2 lakhs. So the company has kept its word and set the price below what they promised.
Honda has come up with two variants of the bike – the standard and the deluxe. The price of the deluxe version would be only Rs. 1000 more than the price of the standard variant.
The standard variant will come in two color combinations, which are Sports Red with Pearl Sunbeam White and the Black with Pearl Sunbeam White. The deluxe version of the bike will also have such two combinations. One of them is the Vibrant Orange with Pearl Sunbeam White, while the other is Black with Candy Palm Green.
The bookings for the CBR 150R have already got underway. The company will bring out the first lot of bike, which is expected to be around 750 units. The bikes will be introduced in the market through the company’s plant located at Manesar. The bikes are likely to get to the customers before the end of the current financial year.
Technically speaking, the Honda CBR 150R is almost the same as the Honda CBR 250R. You can call the 150R version a miniature of its elder sibling. The features as well as the style of the 150R version are the same that were seen in 250R. Even the engine of the bike, the body as well as the chassis is lifted from the heavier bike.
The bike can generate a high power of 17.6 Bhp at 10,500 rpm and can achieve a top torque of 12.66 Nm at 8,500 rpm. It would be wrong to criticize the CBR 150R just because it has been more or less lifted from the CBR 250R. The reason is due to comparatively lighter engine, the bike may offer a better millage.
If that is the case, the common Indian commuter who is looking for an improved millage all the time, will certainly give the Honda CBR 150R a serious thought. Who knows, the bike might have just addressed the high-rising fuel prices.