01 July 2013 - 04:21
Honda launches limited edition paintjob for the CBR250R
If you've always wanted to ride something fairly similar to the RC213V MotoGP bike ridden by Repsol Honda riders Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez, this is probably as close as it gets - Honda has unveiled a handful of new paint options for the CBR250R for 2013, and you can have one draped in the iconic Repsol Honda livery.
Instead of offering a choice of red, silver or black, Honda 2 Wheelers will now let you choose from a total of five colour schemes, which include red, black, white, Pearl Heron Blue (Tricolour on the Fireblade, remember?), and this rather smashing Repsol paint scheme. It's not the first time Honda has offered this paint option on one of its motorcycles - the Unicorn had it too - but it does look pretty neat on the CBR.
Unsurprisingly, there are no performance upgrades, so the 250cc single-cylinder motor still puts out a healthy 26bhp and 22.9Nm of torque. Just about enough go to match the show, then.
The Repsol-liveried CBR250R is a limited-run variant (available only till October this year), and will be available only as the range-topping, Combined Anti-lock Braking System (C-ABS)-equipped model. Priced at Rs 2.21 lakh (on-the-road, Mumbai), this Repsol CBR is priced tantalisingly close to the bike of the moment, the KTM 390 Duke, which was, by pure coincidence, launched three days ago. A paintjob cool enough to lure you into Honda showrooms, or is there really no replacement for some Austrian displacement?