The motorcycle teased for the past two days was finally revealed in India as the new Honda Hornet 2.0 via a digital launch event.
It was the first ever Digital Product Launch for Honda 2 Wheelers India. Set in location at India’s Formula One race track, Buddh International Circuit, the launch was opened by its Managing Director, President and CEO Mr. Atsushi Ogata.
He harped on the importance of Honda’s racing heritage and their aim to win Honda’s historical 800th GP win in 2020. He said the new bike is in line with their strategy to “Excite and Expand” not only in India but also in the global markets.
The Honda Hornet 2.0 is one of their answers in this new era of street sport biking.
It is indeed powered by a fuel-injected air-cooled 200cc single-cylinder engine with Honda Eco Technology (HET) designed mainly to compete in India’s 180cc-200cc segment under the new BS6 regulations. It produces 16 Nm of torque and achieves best in class 0-200m acceleration of 11.2 seconds. It will compete with the sporty Bajaj Pulsar NS200 and KTM 200 Duke.
The specs and feature highlights are:
– aggressive sporty tank design – split sport seat – a class first golden upside down fork – fully digital meter with volt meter – dual piston petal disc front brake – 1 channel ABS – mono-shock rear suspension – wider 140mm rear tires – hazard switch – all around LED lights – short sporty muffler – alloy wheels
The bike is actually good-looking and sporty despite its traditional engine design.
Our take is that it is is designed to compete head on with the popular KTM 200 Duke. So, can we expect it to be sold here in the Philippines as well?
So far, there is no indication or announcement from Honda Philippines that they will import it.
Considering the Indian manufactured Hornet 2.0’s spec package and the way it looks, it could be priced competitively and sell more than its other smaller naked sporty bike that they currently offer.
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