The Special edition Honda CBR250R for Japan gets two neon colours orange and lime green with a contrast second half finished in gloss black for eye grabbing attention.
While sales in India are on a constant decline for the once popular Honda CBR250R, the offering remains relatively popular in its home market Japan where the model has just been graced with a new special edition that adds new colour options on the quarter-litre motorcycle. The facelifted Honda CBR250R sold in Japan gets two new colour options – Lemon Ice Yellow and Candy Energy Orange as part of the special edition version, adding a striking appeal to the models.
Honda Japan calls the new paint schemes as ‘Colour of Energy’ and we can see why. The two-tone colour scheme witnesses the lower section of the CBR250R done up in gloss black while the upper half including the fuel tank, front cowl and part of the side fairing get the bright colour options. Genuinely, the new colours add some spice to the otherwise sober looking model and will make it attention grabbing. Honda will be selling only 1900 units of the CBR250R special edition that comes equipped with ABS as standard.
Mechanically though, nothing has changed and the Japanese spec Honda CBR250R special edition continues to draw power from the same 249cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine tuned to produce 29 PS at 9000 RPM and 23 Nm of torque at 7500 RPM, paired to a 6-speed gearbox. The bike gets telescopic forks up front and a monoshock setup at the rear while braking performance comes from single discs at the front and rear. The Japanese version claims a fuel efficiency figure of 50.1 km/l, which is certainly commendable.
Launched globally in 2010, the Honda CBR250R arrived in India in 2011 and pretty much kickstarted the quarter-litre segment. However, the competition has improved massively over the years with more global players stepping into the segment and a lot more to come in the following months. Honda India has not been upping its game with the CBR250R and while a comprehensively updated model went on sale in global markets back in 2013, India continues to get the VFR styled version. The automaker recently updated the India spec model with new colours and graphics.