Earlier this year, we reported that Honda has a 160cc bike in the works for launch at the end of 2014. Well, images of what looks like its final production version have been leaked on to the web, and here it is – the CB Unicorn 160. It is not what we expected it to be – a performance bike that would rival the Yamaha FZ-Fi and the Suzuki Gixxer. Instead, Honda has chosen to tread a path that it’s more comfortable with, that of the premium commuter. By the looks of it, we feel that the 160 will most likely replace the existing CB Unicorn, one of the most successful products in Honda’s India line, which has been largely unchanged since its launch in 2005.
Design-wise, Honda has played it safe. The CB Unicorn 160 looks clean and staid, yet pleasing, without any unnecessary sporty cues or garish graphics, which should appeal to its target demographic. The bigger 160cc engine should offer the bike slightly more power than its predecessor, which would ideally translate to better pick-up and performance on the road. Honda has also given the CB Unicorn 160 a modern touch, with the inclusion of a fully digital speedometer console, a unit similar to the one employed by the CB Trigger.
It is reported that Honda will launch the new CB Unicorn 160 in the next couple of weeks. We expect the bike to cost around Rs 70,000 (ex-showroom, Delhi).