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BS6-ready 2020 Honda CBR650R officially unveiled before launch in India

BS6-ready 2020 Honda CBR650R officially unveiled before launch in India

Snapshot: The upcoming India-bound Honda CBR650R model gets minimal updates apart from the BS6 upgraded engine.

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  • 2020 Honda CBR650R officially unveiled.
  • Gets minimal updates.
  • Booking to start in April.
  • Might get slight decrease in peak power figure.
  • Midrange to get better.

Honda has officially revealed the 2020 CBR650R. The updates are minimal to it – in the Indian context, the major upgrade will be the engine’s upgrade to meet the upcoming BS6 emission norms. Bookings for the new CBR650R will be accepted from April onward.

The CBR650R was heavily updated for the 2019 model year, where the bike got a more aggressive focus. As such, the styling was updated to follow the same design language as the CBR1000RR Fireblade, and the seating position was made more aggressive to put more ‘sport’ into the ‘sportbike’ that the CBR650R is. The 2020 model adds a blacked-out engine and wheels – there are no other colours or stickers on them. The colour options will remain red and black, and the feature set will remain unchanged as well.

The engine will be revised to meet the upcoming emission norms, and as such a slightly lower peak power output is expected. The current motorcycle makes 95 bhp at 12,000 rpm, for reference. However, the BS6-compliant CBR650Rs sold in markets like Brazil have improved bottom end and midrange torque, and a peak power figure of 88 bhp at 11,500 rpm, which is at a lower point than the older figure. Torque is also down by 4 Nm, to 60 Nm at 8000 rpm, 500 rpm lower than before.

There will be a slight price increase to account of the extra materials needed for BS6 compliance. Expect an announcement regarding the price nearer April, when bookings will open. Options for buyers of the CBR650R include the Kawasaki Ninja 650 because of its displacement and fairing, but on price and number of cylinders, products like the Kawasaki Z900 and Suzuki GSX S750 match up more favourably against the Honda.

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