Honda has re-introduced its fully-faired middleweight sports tourer, the CBR650R, in India. The 2022 model of the Honda CBR650R gets minute visual tweaks and a hefty bump in its asking price.
At Rs 9.35 lakh, the new Honda CBR650R is almost Rs 47,000 more expensive than the 2021 model, which got sold out soon after its launch in India. The 2021 model was introduced in March 2021 for Rs 8.88 lakh. While the Honda CBR650R was already an expensive motorcycle, the new higher price point has made it even more unreasonably expensive.
There is a very minute change in the new Honda CBR650R, and that is limited to the paint schemes of the motorcycle. The new Honda CBR650R retains the Grand Prix Red and Matte Gunpowder Black Metallic colour options of the 2021 model. However, there are minute tweaks in these colour options. While the Grand Prix Red now comes with more pronounced black highlights on the side panels of the full fairing, the Matte Gunpowder Black Metallic paint option features contrasting orange highlights on the fuel tank, tail section and front and side panels of the full fairing.
What remains unchanged
Apart from the minute changes in the paint schemes of the Honda CBR650R, there are no other visual or mechanical changes and feature additions in the motorcycle. The Honda CBR650R continues to come with all-LED dual headlamps, LED turn indicators, LED tail lamp, split seats, Honda Intelligent Security System, dual-channel ABS, a fully-digital instrument console and clip-on handlebars.
The Honda CBR650R continues to get the same four-stroke, inline-four, liquid-cooled, 649cc engine, which happens to be the smallest inline-four engine available in India right now. Coupled with a 6-speed gearbox, the engine of the Honda CBR650R produces 87 bhp @ 12,000 rpm of maximum power and 57.5 Nm @ 8,500 rpm. These figures do make it the most powerful sub-700cc engine in the country right now.
Honda hasn’t fiddled with the basic chassis of the CBR650R. The motorcycle retains its suspension combination of upside-down hydraulic telescopic forks at the front and mono-shock at the rear. The motorcycle runs on a 120/70-17 tyre at the front and 180/55-17 tyre at the rear. The braking setup of the Honda CBR650R includes a 310mm disc at the front and a 240mm disc at the rear.
The Honda CBR650R is now priced even higher than the only other 650cc middleweight sport tourer, the Kawasaki Ninja 650, which is priced at Rs 6.68 lakh. However, compared to the Ninja 650’s parallel-twin engine, the CBR650R gets an inline-four mill. It is even more expensive than the bigger Kawasaki Z900, which has an even bigger and more powerful inline-four engine.