Honda will launch CB300R in India on 8th February 2019
Just a week after Honda India announced the launch of CB300R in India, Honda asked everyone to “SAVE THE DATE” for the CB300R launch event. Honda CB300R will finally launch on 8th February 2019. honda is calling it “Bringing in another era on Indian roads.”
Honda CB300R will come to India via CKD route, therefore will cost on the higher side. The company had said that they will launch a new product this financial year, it would mean that they had time only till March 2019. Internationally, Honda CB300R sits in the lower half of Honda‘s Neo-Sports Cafe styled motorcycles. Whereas in India, the only bike Honda has on sale is CB1000R which offers Neo-Sports Cafe Design.
The design might be retro but CB300R has a set of latest technologies and modern day features. The instrument cluster is fully digital and provides all necessary information to the rider.
41 mm USD forks at the front and adjustable rear monoshock take care of suspension duties. CB300R has a 296 mm wave-type disc with four-piston caliper at the front and 220 mm disc with a single-pot caliper at the rear. ABS is dual-channel and comes with IMU technology which distributes the brake force to both wheels accordingly.
The Neo-Sports Cafe rides on 17-inch wheels which are shod with 110/70 section tyre at the front and 150/60 section at the rear.
Honda CB300R is powered by all new 286 cc liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine. The powerplant pumps out healthy 31 bhp power and 27.5 Nm torque. Lower kerb weight of just 143 Kg is impressive though. CB300R is expected to hit 100 kmph from Zero in under 7 seconds with a top speed of 140 kmph.
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Where we will have our eyes on is the price. Honda CB300R is expected to carry a price tag of Rs 2.19 to Rs 2.29 Lakh ex-showroom. At this price point, CB300R will face heat from quite a few well-established rivals like KTM Duke 390, Apache 310RR as well as newly launched Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 which is available for just Rs 2.5 Lakh ex-showroom.
To get healthy sales number, Honda must price CB300R aggressively at 2.19 Lakh ex-showroom. At this price, the bike will undercut Duke 390 by a good margin of Rs 25,000 and Rs 30,000 less than Interceptor 650.