The Honda CBR250R had been an iconic beauty which stayed in the market for a pretty long time before it was discontinued by the company in April 2017 due to BS4 norms. The wait for the launch of the BS4 compliant version is finally over as Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) has unveiled the 2018 CBR250R at the 2018 Auto Expo. The 2018 CBR250R will be priced around INR 1,73,000 (ex-showroom). The bikes will reach dealerships for bookings in March 2018.
The new 2018 CBR250R is updated with BS4 compliant engine, all LED headlamp with position lamp, new color schemes and decals. The bike will be offered in two new sporty color schemes – mars orange and striking green along with the Repsol Edition. A major addition to the style quotient is the all-LED headlamp which gives a new facelift look to the motorcycle. There have not been any changes in the overall design of the bike. The power figures also remain somewhat same.
The bike is powered by a single cylinder, SOHC, liquid-cooled, 249 cc engine capable of producing a power of 26 bhp @ 8,500 rpm and a peak torque of 22.9 Nm @ 7,000 rpm ; paired with a 6-speed gear box just like its predecessor. The bike will continue to get the telescopic forks suspension in the front and monoshock setup at the rear. Also, the braking is taken care by single disc in front as well as rear with dual-channel ABS being offered as an option.
The continuation of the old design may probably disappoint considerable number of potential customers who had been waiting for an upgrade for the CBR250R. While the bike was previously in production, it was already struggling to compete against the new entrants in the segment. The launch of CBR250R with the same design may prove to be a major drawback for the company as a lot of bike enthusiasts were already expecting the launch of CBR250RR (refer to the pic below). The sales figures will reflect how well the CBR250R is welcomed by the Indian market.