Honda is rumoured to be developing an updated CB Hornet 160R which will be equipped with an engine kill switch and new switchgear for better fit and finish.

2016 Honda CB Hornet 160R Test Ride
The CB Hornet 160R is powered by a tuned version of the 163cc, single-cylinder engine

Honda launched 15 new products in 2015 of which the last one was the CB Hornet 160R that went on sale in December. The Japanese manufacturer is rumoured to be developing an updated version of the motorcycle with an engine kill switch and new switchgear which will provide a better fit and finish. The updated street-fighter is expected to be launched at the 2016 Auto Expo where Honda will also unveil some very important vehicles to be launched in the near future.

The Honda CB Hornet 160R was developed to sit above the new Unicorn 160 and was praised by everyone for the impressive design and the overall build quality, however it was equally criticised for not having an engine kill switch which is expected from all the premium offerings these days. This seems to be the prime reason behind the manufacturer’s decision of giving an update to the motorcycle within two months of its launch. The switchgear will be updated as the entire finish was not up to the mark.

The Honda CB Hornet 160R is based on the CX-01 concept that was first showcased at the 2014 Auto Expo. It has a very sporty design to keep up with the 163cc, single-cylinder engine tuned to produce 15.88 PS and 14.76 Nm of peak torque, mated to a 5-speed gearbox. The engine is in compliance with BSIV norms and the claimed top speed is 110 km/hr. The new motorcycle is faster than the Unicorn 160 and directly rivals the Yamaha FZ and Suzuki Gixxer. It is the smallest capacity motorcycle to get the Hornet badge.

Suspension duties on the Hornet 160R is carried out by telescopic forks at the front and a monoshock unit at the rear. The front wheel has a 273 mm disc and a 130 mm drum at the rear as standard, however a 220 mm rear disc along with Honda’s Combi-Braking System (CBS) is offered on the top-end variant. The standard variant weighs 140 kgs while the CBS variant is 2 kgs heavier. The street-fighter comes with the Honda Eco Technology (HET) which helps it deliver a fuel efficiency of 60 km/l. The addition of the engine kill switch will make the sporty street-fighter a very tough competitor in the premium 150cc segment.

2016 Honda CB Hornet 160R Review
The CB Hornet 160R takes some influence from the CX-O1 concept

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