Honda Motorcycles has made the CBR 300R live on its US website, making clear that its launch is around the corner. The company has revealed complete details of the upcoming model which will reach the US market first, likely to be as a replacement of the current CBR 250R. The Kawasaki 300 and recently launched Yamaha YZF-R25 will be the direct rivals to the new baby CBR but due to single-cylinder construction of its engine, the 300R will be competitively priced that might be translated into a tough competition for both its nemesis.
Essentially, the 2015 300R is based on the CBR 250R and is underpinned with same diamond frame and other mechanical bits like suspension and brake units are shared as well. However, crucial changes to this new motorcycle include new power plant and completely revised aesthetics that make it more appealing in either way. The new 300R is powered by a reworked version of the 250R's engine whose bore however has been remained same at 76mm but stroke is increased to 63mm from 55mm, increasing displacement by 37cc. Although, Honda has not revealed the exact power figures but claims the new engine to be roughly 17 per cent more powerful than the 250cc unit with better throttle response and better spread of power throughout the rev range.
Further changes to this new CBR are the new twin-split headlamps unit, sharply redesigned front fairing and tail section while the new can-type muffler, that produces more throaty sound, adds an sporty touch to its overall appearance. Ergonomics have also been improved with lowered seat that goes well for short riders. The bike will be priced at $4399 in the US market which is just 200 dollars more expensive than the CBR 250R and is considerably cheaper than the Kawasaki 300 that shines with an starting price tag of $4799 in the same market. The model will be available in four colors - Red, Black, Matte Black and Pearl white adorned with blue and red decals.
Although, until now Honda India hasn't given any clue about the introduction of the CBR 300R in our country but considering growing competition in the quarter-litre segment where the current CBR 250R's sales dying with each passing day, we expect to witness the new CBR on our roads in the first quarter of 2015.