How Different Is The Honda Hornet 2.0 Compared To The CBF190R?

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Wondering just how different the Honda Hornet 2.0 is compared to the international-spec Honda CBF190R? Read on to find out...


We were already aware of Honda’s launch plans for the all-new 200cc Hornet, however, we were earlier under the impression that the Hornet 2.0 would be largely based on the CBF190R sold overseas. Boy, were we wrong! The Honda Hornet 2.0 has been developed from the ground up, making it the company’s first 200cc motorcycle in India. It packs a new 200cc engine, looks the part, and also gets a couple of cool segment-first features. So here’s what differentiates the India-made Honda Hornet 2.0 from the Honda CBF190R.


Makes More Power!

The Hornet 2.0 has more ponies to play with courtesy its 184cc, single-cylinder motor which has been developed by Honda in India. The motor has been tuned to make 17.3PS and 16.1Nm of peak torque alongside a 5-speed transmission. In comparison, the CBF190R churns out a rather disappointing 15.09PS and 14.5Nm from its 184cc single-cylinder air-cooled engine. While the Hornet 2.0’s power figures aren’t segment-leading, it does make a case against the docile Hero Xtreme 200R.

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Carries The Hornet DNA

We love the CBF190R's sleek and sharp design language. It looks premium and sporty with a distinct identity which helps it stand out from the crowd. But the Hornet 2.0 isn't all the bad either. It definitely ups the style quotient with its aggressive and muscular stance as well as certain styling elements borrowed from the CB Hornet 160R.

It features LED lights all around (segment-first), a chunky fuel tank with large tank extensions, and a premium-looking 3D Honda badge. To go along with this, you have the sporty split-seat design, stubby muffler, engine cowl, and the X-shaped LED tail light. Not to mention the gold-finished USD fork which adds a layer of sophistication to the bike. The alloys have been redesigned with a fat 140-section rear tyre.


Similar Hardware?

Not really! The gold-painted USD fork might tell you otherwise, but the Hornet 2.0 is quite different. For starters, it gets a diamond-type frame that has been carried forward from the Hornet 160R along with the monoshock. The bike is anchored by a single 276mm dia petal disc at the front and a 220mm petal disc on the rear wheel paired with single-channel ABS. The new motorcycle weighs 142kg and has a 12-litre fuel tank. The CBF190R, in comparison, is 2kg lighter and gets dual-channel ABS as an option. Having said that, it too has a 12-litre fuel tank.


Feature List

Unfortunately, we aren’t aware of the CBF190R’s feature list. What we do know is that it too gets all-LED lighting, chunky tyres, a digital instrument console and USD forks. As for the Honda Hornet 2.0, it gets a hazard switch, an engine kill switch, and an all-digital LCD instrument console with a gear position indicator which is a first in its segment. The display even has five different settings for brightness. Another welcome change is the keyhole which has been moved from the handlebar to the fuel tank. 

As for its price, the Honda Hornet 2.0 will set you back by Rs 1,26,921 (ex-showroom Delhi), a hike of Rs 29,000 over the Honda CB Hornet 160R.

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