After a few days of releasing teasers, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India have finally launched the all-new Hornet 2.0. The Japanese giants state that new Hornet was conceived to be an ‘International Street Fighter’. It’s priced at Rs 1.26 lakh (ex-showroom, Gurugram) and comes in four colours – Pearl Igneous Black, Matte Sangria Red Metallic, Matte Axis Grey Metallic and Matte Marvel Blue Metallic. The most important change in the new Hornet is the BS6-compliant 184cc PGM-FI HET (Honda Eco Technology) engine which produces 17bhp and 16Nm of torque. This new motor comes mated to a five-speed transmission. As an industry first, Honda will also be offering a special six-year warranty package (three-year standard + three-year optional extended warranty) on Hornet 2.0.
Introducing the new Hornet 2.0, Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Director – Sales & Marketing, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said, “The new Hornet 2.0 is a transformation of Honda’s racing DNA into sheer thrill of street riding. Fully satisfying the needs of riders seeking performance and style in one machine, the powerful higher capacity HET BSVI Engine, best in class features like Golden USD front forks, fully digital negative liquid crystal meter, dual, petal disc brakes and aggressive design enhances the overall riding experience. Simply put, Hornet 2.0 is a call out to those who want to FLY AGAINST THE WIND!”
Apart from that, the Hornet 2.0 is equipped with dual petal disc brakes with single-channel ABS. There’s a mono-shock at the rear for greater handling and ride comfort. Further adding to its appeal is the Golden Upside Down (USD) front forks, a first in the segment. Furthermore, Honda has also added an Engine Stop Switch and a hazard light switch. The front rubber is 110mm wide, while the rear measures up at 140mm.
The Hornet 2.0 is also equipped with a digital negative liquid crystal meter which displays information like gear position indicator, service due indicator, battery voltmeter and comes with customizable brightness (up to 5 levels). It also comes with a seal chain which needs less frequent adjustments translating into lower maintenance cost.
On the styling front, the LED lighting package (LED headlamp with position lamp, LED winkers and X-Shaped LED tail lamp) help enhance the sporty yet contemporary character of the new Hornet. There’s also a split seat and key placement on the tank for greater convenience. There’s a funkier design language all around which includes the short muffler, alloy wheels and alloy footpegs.