Honda has unveiled the 2019 CBR400R. The bike is based on the CBR500R chassis and uses a smaller version of the CBR500R’s 471 CC engine. The bike is currently on sale only in Japan.
The Heart of the Beast
The 400R is powered by a 399 CC parallel twin, liquid cooled engine that churns out 46PS at 9,000rpm and 38Nm of torque at 7,500rpm. The engine is coupled to a 6-speed gearbox with a slipper clutch that makes for smooth upshifts and downshifts. The CBR400R will directly rival the Kawasaki Ninja 400, which so far has been the only contender in the segment.
CBR400R Styling and Specifications
The CBR400R derives the styling cues from its elder siblings, the CBR500R and the CBR650R. The sporty full fairing, bubble windshield, the sharp LED headlamps, LED taillamps all add up to the sporty appeal. The sporty appeal is rightfully complemented by the sporty riding position, which is the same as the CBR500R. The riding position, though sporty, will not be outright committed which is in line with the other CBR offerings from Honda. The fuel tank capacity has also gone up by 1 Litre and now stands at 17 Litres, just like the CBR500R.
Suspension duties are done by the conventional telescopic fork at the front and a monoshock at the rear. Stopping power comes from a single disc setup, both at the front and rear, aided by a dual channel ABS as standard. The CBR400R wears 120/70-17 rubber at the front and a 160/60-17 rubber at the rear.
Honda pulled another surprise with a mileage of 41Kmpl. That is astonishing for a 400CC beast with 46PS on tap. The test was conducted with the bike driven at a constant 60kmph and with a pillion on board.
The 400R will be available with three choices of colours i.e., Grand Prix Red, Mat Axis Grey Metallic and Pearl Glare White. It is priced at 793,800 Yen (approx 5.15 lakh INR), whereas the Ninja 400 is priced at 663,000 Yen (approx 4.3 Lakh INR). Honda has no idea of bringing the CBR400R to India anytime soon. But, if launched it will directly compete with the Ninja 400.
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