Honda has once again shifted its focus to the smaller displacement machines in the company’s portfolio after a long time. The Japanese manufacturer announced the CBR250R ABS Special Edition for the Japanese market and as the name suggests, the quarter-litre bike features ABS as standard and most interestingly the Repsol livery painted across the motorcycle. The bike however will be limited to the Japanese market only as of now.
The quarter-litre segment is one of the most spontaneously growing two-wheeler segments in the world. Not only India, but the high displacement loving western markets too have shown interest in this segment, especially in markets like the US. The special edition is on the 2014 CBR250R (the updated model) which shares its front fairing with CBR300R, featuring split headlamps. The Repsol livery comprising of red, orange and black are painted across the fairing with the Repsol name printed boldly on the front fairing of the motorcycle.
Unlike the Moto GP version, the Repsol livery is less crowded accentuating the aesthetic value of the CBR250R Special Edition. The standard variant of the CBR250R comes with red, black and while solid paint colours offered in Japan. The special edition does not get any update to the powertrain and uses the same 250cc single-cylinder engine with 26 HP of power on offer.
The Honda CBR250R ABS Special Edition is available for a limited period only from 18th April to 8th June, 2014 in Japan. Honda has priced the special edition model at 576,720 Japanese Yen (Rs. 3.40 lakhs). Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) also offer the CBR250R with ABS and Repsol livery in the country but its the pre-facelift model (the design being based on the VFR1200 and not on the CBR1000). The old CBR250R special edition model is priced at Rs. 2,05,196/- (on-road, Delhi).