Ideally, since the CBR250R was not a very popular and hot-selling product in the market, Honda could have very well launched the new CBR300R in the Indian market earlier. The launch has now been pushed to 2015, when it should have already been on sale by now.
If Honda did manage to launch the bike here in 2014, it would even have lesser competition to deal with. Now in 2015, it will have to fend off the KTM RC390, Yamaha R25, Benelli TNT250, Hyosung GD250R and many more such quater litre entries.
The reason we say the launch is delayed because Honda had imported a unit of the new CBR, the 300cc model back in July 2013. But still, there is no sign of the bike making it to the streets before 2015.
Details of the import: MOTORCYCLECOMPLETE HONDA BRANDMODEL CBR300RA(E)TH E/NO.NC51E-9990017 F/NO. MLHNC51S2E5000017-COLOUR NH-1(FOR R&D PORS
The CBR300R will be powered by a bigger 286cc, single-cylinder, liquid cooled, 4-stroke motor producing 30.4 BHP of power and 27 Nm of torque. Engine will be mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox and fuel will be delivered via EFI. The new bike also weighs 8 kg lesser than the outgoing model and hence, the power to weight ratio will be on the positive side. Without any doubt, expect Honda to offer an optional / standard C-ABS system for a safe commute.
- Revised full-fairing
- Dual headlamp setup, much like the bigger Fireblade
- Telescopic front fork
- Rear monoshock
- Front & rear disc brakes with C-ABS
- Same digital + analogue speedometer, with a different backlit
- Rear end remains nearly identical
- New longer exhaust wrapped in chrome
- 5-spoke alloy wheels in black
- New body decals
- New colours
Pricing is expected to increase by ~ Rs. 20,000 – 30,000 compared to the older CBR250R.