Honda recently unveiled the new CBR 300R, the much-awaited replacement to the popular CBR 250R, at the 2013 EICMA Motorcycle expo in Milan, Italy. The 300R is powered by a new, larger capacity version of its predecessor’s engine that now displaces 286cc and develops 30 bhp and 27 Nm of torque. Like the 250R, the new bike will be an able long-distance tourer, albeit one that’s faster and more relaxed thanks to the bump in power and torque. The CBR 300R also features new bodywork, ditching the VFR-esque layered-fairing for a design that’s more in line with the bigger CBR series bikes.
The performance bike segment in India has progressed leaps and bounds since the current CBR 250R was first launched. Although the new CBR 300R will join the party a tad later, it will definitely be a cause for concern for the segment leaders.
Expect to pay Honda an on-road price of around Rs 2.5 lakh for the CBR 300R, when it hits the showrooms by mid-2014.