The new Hornet 2.0 marks Honda India’s foray into the 180cc-200cc segment. In order to compete on an even footing, it sports aggressive styling, a new platform and a few segment-first features.
New platform for India
The Honda Hornet 2.0 uses a new platform for India. The bike does not share its frame and other components with the CB Hornet 160R. Instead it borrows hardware from the CB190R sold in international markets. A quick comparison reveals that both, the Honda Hornet 2.0 and CB190R use 184.4cc engines mated to 5-speed gearboxes. Both bikes also have the same 9.5:1 compression ratio. Other similarities come in form of the diamond frame, brakes, tyre sizes and the suspension. The kerb weight and wheelbase have minor differences – 2kg and 1mm, respectively.
Aggressive and handsome design
While the bike is quite similar to the CB190R mechanically, it’s quite different when…