Honda has fired a swift response to the KTM 390 Duke, launched just two days ago, by introducing the 2013 edition of CBR 250R bike. The updates, though, are merely cosmetic and the new CBR250R is now available in 4 new colours – Sports Red, Black, Pearl Sunbeam White and the hottest and priciest of the lot – the iconic Repsol racing livery that also adorns the RC213V MotoGP bike. Also Read: KTM 390 Duke launched at Rs 1.80 lakh
Honda has cleverly kept the Repsol edition a limited one, putting it on sale only till October 2013 and that too in C-ABS variant. C-ABS, for the uninitiated, stands for Combined Anti-lock Braking System which essentially adds more bite to the bike’s braking capabilities. Other standout features on the new CBR250R include blacked-out alloys and exhaust heat shield. The Repsol edition, however, gets orange alloys. As aforementioned, there are no changes to the mechanicals and the CBR250R will continue to be powered by the same reliable 250cc, 26PS mill as on the outgoing model.
The new bikes will be available across all Honda dealerships by the end of the month and as per prices below. The question that comes to mind now is whether the changes to the CBR250R are enough to combat the KTM 390 Duke, which is all new, offers better performance, and comes with a whole lot of customisation options aside from being cheaper as well at Rs 1.80 lakh?
||C-ABS (ex-showroom, Delhi)
||Rs. 1.56 lakh
||Rs. 1.56 lakh
|Pearl Sunbeam White
||Rs 1.57 lakh
||Rs 1.86 lakh
|Repsol||Rs 1.92 lakh|
Rs. 8.10 lakhView On Road Price
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Rs. 1.29 lakhView On Road Price
Est. Price: Rs. 56,000
Est. Price: Rs. 1.80 lakh
Est. Price: Rs. 22.60 lakh