Honda CBR250RR teaser released; global premiere expected soon
Honda previewed the all-new CBR250RR through a Light Weight Super Sports concept last year in October at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. The production version of the much talked compact sportsbike has finally been teased courtesy of the footage released by the brand’s Indonesian importer Astra Honda.
The quarter litre segment has been on the rise in recent years and Honda wants to leverage the increasing interest with the help of the CBR250RR. It will compete against the likes of some of the big guns in the segment that have captivated young racing wannabes like the KTM Duke 390, Yamaha R3 and the Kawasaki Ninja 300.
The 15-second teaser starts with the statement “Every Detail Matters” as the tank design and clip-on handlebars were showed from the top angle, followed by the engine, front fairing and USD forks, ABS, the entire side profile and twin exhausts among other details. It ends with a rather alarming “Expect the Unexpected” wordings.
So what do we know of the Honda CBR250RR so far? 1. It looks stunning and Honda did stick by the attention-to-detail philosophy 2. It is as sharp as the Light Weight Super Sports concept and plenty of design cues have been implemented straight from the concept 3. It will feature some of the quarter-litre class’ essential stuff like the clip-on handlebars, split pillion seat, rider focussed digital instrument panel, ABS with Nissin calipers, Upside Down forks, etc.
Here’s the teaser video:
What was unclear from the teaser is the headlamp which is more likely to be a split unit incorporating LED lights as seen on the concept. The 250cc supersport class in India has three contenders vying for bragging rights and each of them has its very own distinct traits. If the Honda CBR250RR eyes the segment’s leader position, it will have to comprehensively beat the R3, Duke 390 and Ninja 300 in styling, performance and indeed price.
The teaser has been fairly thorough, so we expect Honda to launch the CBR250RR very soon most probably in Indonesia where it will be manufactured. The Japanese brand is still numb on the sportsbike’s Indian launch but it has every potential to hit the sweet spot in the thriving market.
It will get power sourced from a 250 cc liquid-cooled, twin-cylinder engine with direct injection technology to produce a maximum power of around 40 PS and comes mated with a six-speed transmission. The performance enhancing features will be offered as additional extras we would think. The equipment list is more likely to get ride by wire technology, multiple driving modes, dual channel ABS, monoshock rear suspension, cruise control, etc.