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Honda may bring CBR1000RR and another superbike to India
With the launch of these bikes, each likely to cost upwards of Rs 10 lakh, Honda would be following the other two Japanese majors, Yamaha and Suzuki who recently launched high-end motorcycles in India.
Among the superbikes that Honda plans to launch in India, one major attraction would be the CBR1000RR. Honda is considering the launch of its 1,000cc model CBR1000RR in India and another bike which will be above 800cc. More details are awaited. The Honda CBR1000RR is also called the Fireblade in some markets. The Honda CBR1000RR is a 999 cc liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder motorcycle that produces 178 hp (133 kW) beginning at 12,000 rpm.
Suzuki recently launched its legendary Hayabusa and Intruder M1800R, both priced at Rs 12.5 lakh.
The bikes are expected to hit dealerships in India during this financial year itself. Both motorcycles will be imported as completely built units, hence the high price.
It is expected that the big bikes from Honda will be displayed for sale at exclusive stores in the four metros initially. It will later on expand taking into account serviceability and other issues.
Meanwhile, it has also been said that Honda will introduce a new model in the mass market category of 100-150 cc in the same time period. The mass market category bike will be launched before March next year. The mass market motorbike from Honda is likely be powered by a 125cc engine. HMSI already has Unicorn motorcycle in the 150cc segment and Shine and CBF Stunner motorbikes in the 125cc segments. The company plans to sell a total of 10,00,000 bikes in India in the current fiscal.
Honda’s unveiling of the super bikes would give the Indian bike market an added charm as it has already been strengthened by the presence of Suzuki’s Hayabusa and Intruder M1800 as well as Yamaha’s high profile models such as Super Sports YZF-R1 and the Torque Sports MT01. These are priced at Rs 10.50 lakh.