The Honda Bros packs a 162.7cc single-cylinder engine that could make it to India on the 160cc motorcycle that the Japanese auto giant has been working on for quite some time now.
The largest two-wheeler manufacturer in the Latin American nation, Honda unveiled the new generation Bros 160 (the Hero Impulse is the same bike) on-off road motorcycle for the Brazilian market. A striking model visually with minimalistic styling, long forks and off-road tyres, the Bros 160 certainly packs in all the essentials to trail the rough terrains of Brazil with utmost ease. All said, what makes us inquisitive about the new Bros 160 is its engine that could possibly make it to India in a completely different model.
The Honda Bros 160 uses an all-new 162.7cc single-cylinder, air-cooled, fuel-injected flex-fuel engine that produces 14.7 PS of power and 14.31 Nm of torque when running on ethanol and 14.5 PS and 15.69 Nm of torque when running solely on petrol, while paired to a 5-speed gearbox. With Honda India’s upcoming motorcycle said to be a 160cc offering, it could be possible that the new bike will be using the same 162.7cc motor on the upcoming bike, only in the petrol state.
To be positioned above the Honda CB Trigger, the new 160cc offering could use the same engine tuned to offer more performance. Set to compete against the Suzuki Gixxer, Yamaha FZ 2.0, the upcoming Bajaj Pulsar 150 NS, TVS Apache RTR 160 and the Hero Xtreme, the new Honda 160 will have to pack in a sporty punch coupled with attractive pricing to make it big in the premium end of the 150cc segment. While the Bros 160 comes with fuel-injection, it will be interesting to see if Honda offers the same in India as well. An engine kill switch will be appreciated this time round.
The new Honda 160 motorcycle has been a well kept secret with not even test mules spotted yet. Reports in the past have suggested that the bike will get street-fighter styling and will come with a standard rear disc, while CBS is expected to be optional. A major product for Honda India, the new offering might just change the company’s failures in the premium end of the 150cc segment. While a launch was expected some time this month, it now seems that Honda will bring the new bike only by early next year.