Despite being such a good bike, the Honda CBR150R has not been able to generate the sales figures it is capable of. With its high pricing the mundane CBR250R inspired looks working against it, Honda has been working hard to improve the CBR150R visually and most recently a spy shot surfaced online of the 150cc sports bike receiving the new CBR300R inspired body. Taking inspiration further from the flagship CBR 1000RR Fireblade, Honda has also worked out a Repsol edition complete with the orange, white and blue livery of the upcoming 2015 Honda CBR150R that was spied in Indonesia.
While the current design looks dated and boring, the new Honda CBR150R gets dual-headlamp design coupled with subtle changes to the side fairing and the rear profile for a sportier look. Other changes on the CBR150R include a new exhaust design with slip-on exhaust modes, new rear foot peg design and new front disc brake. The source also claims that the rear suspension setup has also been upgraded to a Pro-Link system that is currently equipped on the CBR250R. A major change on the 2015 CBR150R is the use of a truss frame that replaces the perimeter frame available on the outgoing model.
In terms of powertrain, the current spec Honda CBR150R is very much potent and we don’t expect to see any significant change in the output. The CBR150R is powered by a 149.4cc single-cylinder engine that produces 17.8 PS of power and 12.66 Nm of torque, paired to a 6-speed gearbox. The 2015 model could also get different spec tyres measuring 100/70-17 at the front and 130/60-17 at the rear. The updated CBR150R could be launched internationally by the end of the year, while the Indian launch can only be expected by 2015. If Honda India really plans to make a mark in the premium 150cc segment, then the 2015 CBR150R will need a few more changes including aggressive pricing and new switch gear to compete with the rivals.
Source – Iwanbanaran