Honda, the leading Japanese automobile behemoth, has introduced the CBR650R mid-displacement sports bike in India. The motorcycle was first exhibited at the Esposizione Internazionale Ciclo Motociclo e Accessori (EICMA) at Milan in 2018. The CBR650R has been designed as a step up from the Honda CBR650F.
The 2019 Honda CBR650R has been introduced in India at an ex-showroom price of INR7.70 lakh and has been brought via the completely knocked down (CKD) route. It carries a premium of around INR32,000 over the Honda CBR650F.
The CBR650R is being sold in the black and red colour schemes from the 22 Honda Wing World dealerships across India. The company has opened bookings for the bike against an amount of INR15,000.
The Honda CBR650R is hauled by an inline-four 649cc motor. It’s the same engine that’s fitted to the international version of the CBR650R. The liquid-cooled motor outputs 88PS power at 11,500rpm and 60.1Nm peak torque at 8,000rpm. The CBR650R sold globally, however, produces 95PS maximum power at 12,500rpm and 64Nm peak torque at 8,500rpm. That’s 3.9Nm more torque and 7PS extra power for the international version. Honda has detuned the India-specific engine probably to conform to the noise emission laws of the country and the low-quality fuel sold here. Apart from the slightly tweaked engine, other technical specifications remain the same.
The outgoing Honda CBR650F had a simplistic and understated design. The new CBR650R has a more aggressive stance and an all-new sharper Fireblade. The design cues can be seen on the sharp lines that run on the short rear section of the bike and over the side fairings. The CBR650R also gets a digital LCD display. The instrument console includes a gear position indicator. The bike is fitted with a dual-channel antilock braking system (ABS) to conform to the recent safety standard introduced by the road transport and highways ministry.