Honda has launched the 2021 CBR650R in India at the price of INR 8.88 lakh ex-showroom. The new Honda CBR650R started life as the CBR650F but evolved from ‘F’ to ‘R’ in 2019 and was launched in the Indian market in 2019 at the price of INR 7.70 lakh ex-showroom Pan India. The evolution from the F to R brought the CBR650R a long way and not just in terms of design and styling but also the powertrain. For 2021, Honda has further upgraded the CBR650R to the stringent new BS6/Euro5 emission standards and the price has increased by nearly INR 1.10 lakh on the ex-showroom price.
Powering the 2021 Honda CBR650R is a water-cooled 649cc in-line four-cylinder DOHC motor with 4-valves per cylinder, a PGM-FI electronic fuel injection system and a highly efficient downdraft intake layout that produces 86 Hp of power and 57.5 Nm of torque. The 2019 model used to produce 88.4 HP of power and 60.1 Nm of torque. The engine still comes with a 6-speed gearbox and an assist/slipper clutch for easier clutch operation. The slipper/assist clutch reduces the tendency of rear-wheel lock-ups under aggressive downshifts. The 2021 Honda CBR650R features Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC), a switchable traction control system that optimises the torque at the rear wheel.
Design, Styling and mechanicals
The 2021 Honda CBR650R will come in two colour options – Grand Prix Red and Matte Gunpowder Black Metallic and features a full fairing on the front, aerodynamic windscreen, clip-on style handlebars, a muscular fuel tank, two-up seats, short rear overhang, twin-split sharp LED headlamps, etc. The CBR650R features 41mm Showa Separate Function-Big Piston (SSF-BP) USD Forks on the front, monoshock suspension on the rear, dual discs on the front a single hydraulic disc on the rear, dual-channel ABS etc.
The Honda CBR650R features a new ESS (Emergency Stop Signal) technology that detects sudden braking and automatically activates the front and rear hazard lights, indicating the traffic of a potential hazard, Honda Ignition Security System (HISS) for extra security and a digital LCD instrument cluster with features such as a speedometer, tachometer, water temperature, clock, fuel level and economy, gear position, trip etc.
For the first time, Honda has also introduced the 2021 Honda CB650R in the Indian market launched at the price of INR 8.67 lakh ex-showroom.