Reports doing round in the Indonesian media suggest that Honda could launch the much awaited 2017 CBR250RR quarter-litre offering in the South East Asian country as early as next week on July 25. The confirmation seems to come from the dealer Honda Astra Motor in the country, which sent out a press invite for a new Honda model that is set to make its debut. The model in question might as well be the CBR250RR, considering the official teaser was released earlier this month providing the first glimpse to the production ready model.
Based on the Light Weight Super Sport Concept, Honda will be taking the fight to other Japanese manufacturers Kawasaki and Yamaha with the 2017 CBR250RR that have been the ruling the segment for a while now. The new Honda CBR250RR also turns out to be a very important product globally and could create a new benchmark in the segment with features like Ride-by-Wire tech that will result in a number of electronics and a rev limit of 14,000rpm. The feature list though remains a speculation with a clear perspective expected by next week.
The Indonesian media suggests that the 2017 Honda CBR250RR will be priced around 60 million Indonesian Rupiah, which translates to around 3.02 lakh in India. While the figure certainly seems mouth watering, it needs to be noted that the CBR250RR if introduced in India, will make it as a CBU or CKD product, so prices can be expected closer to the 4 lakh mark. Then there is the speculation of a 350cc twin-cylinder version also under development, which has more chances of making it to Indian shores and will add marginally to the asking price.
In terms of features, we do know that the 2017 Honda CBR250RR will get a 250cc twin-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine coupled with a 6-speed gearbox, USD front forks and a rear monoshock suspension setup. You are also likely to get LED headlamps, digital instrument console, clip-on handlebars and a whole lot more on offer. Confirmation on this and a host of other details is expected next week. Make sure to keep watching this space.