After years of selling the CBR 150R without any updates, Honda has finally launched the new 2016 version of the bike in Indonesia. Honda called upon their MotoGP racers, Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa to help in the promotion of their newest iteration of the 150 cc sports bike at the Sentul International Circuit in Indonesia. Check out the official video here:
The new CBR 150R has undergone a major upgrade in terms of design and looks. Deviating from their preferred single headlight, Honda has fitted the CBR with split headlights which the give the bike a much more aggressive look. It also features a new digital console and a raised split-seat which adds to the sporty nature of the bike. Honda have also redesigned the chassis assembly of the CBR along with a longer swingarm and new exhaust. All this means that the 2016 CBR 150R is lighter and has a sportier look and feel to it as compared to its predecessor.
Don’t get too excited though. While the bike looks stellar, for some reason Honda thought it would be a smart idea to NOT update the engine. The 2016 Honda CBR 150R is powered by the same single-cylinder 149.5 cc engine used in the previous model. The engine has been slightly tweaked to deliver 16.9 bhp @10500 rpm and 13 Nm @ 7500 rpm, which aren’t exactly ground-breaking numbers even for a 150cc sports bike considering that it carries the Honda Badge. And the CBR doesn’t even come with ABS (for now).
The Honda CBR 150R is expected to arrive in India later this year and will be carrying an expected price tag of Rs 1.3 Lakh. That really isn’t a price bracket Honda should be aiming at with a 150cc bike considering the fact that the more powerful and slightly cheaper Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 is dominating the market. And those people who don’t mind shelling out the extra cash might just opt for the KTM RC 200 instead.
To sum it up, the 2016 Honda CBR 150R is a great looking sports bike that is a massive upgrade from the previous model in terms of design. However, the lack of improvement of the engine combined with a slightly high price tag might just cause Honda a few problems while competing with other bike manufacturers in this segment.
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