Sunday, 30 June 2013

2013 Honda CBR250R Launched with limited-edition Repsol replica

Honda has finally made official the 2013 CBR250R. There are no mechanical changes over the previous bike, Which means the engine is the same 25PS DOHC 249cc single cylinder unit we know and love for its easy torque and excellent highway manners. Refreshed CBR250R comes in 4 new paint schemes including the iconic Repsol racing livery

Honda CBR250R Repsol colours

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.

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 prices are Rs 1.56 lakh ex-showroom for the red and the black model and the C-ABS models are an additional Rs 29,000 (Rs 1.85 lakh). The fetching white colour model costs an additional Rs 1,000 over the red and black — Rs 1.57 and 1.86 lakh respectively for the standard and C-ABS versions. The Repsol replica will only come, as we said as a C-ABS model and will cost Rs 1.92 lakh ex-showroom Delhi, which is a premium of Rs 7,000 over the base red or black C-ABS CBR250Rs

New Honda CBR250R Pearl Sunbeam White colour

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?

“CBR250R is one of India’s favorite and most Awarded sports bike. Now, continuing this legacy in 2013, we have enhanced the aesthetic appeal of CBR250R by introducing 4 new colors catering to expectations of Indian racing fanatics. The Limited Repsol Edition shall bring the racing DNA of Honda Repsol team’s MotoGP bike for young racing enthusiasts and we are confident it will be well received by them”, said Mr. Y. S. Guleria, Vice President – Sales & Marketing, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd.

This is the second premium motorcycle launch in two days, following the KTM 390 Duke, which was also launched at Rs 1.8 lakh ex-showroom Delhi.

Standard C-ABS (ex-showroom, Delhi)

Sports Red Rs. 1.56 lakh 1.85 lakh
Black Rs. 1.56 lakh 1.85 lakh
Pearl Sunbeam White Rs 1.57 lakh Rs 1.86 lakh
Repsol   Rs 1.92 lakh

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