The 2016 Honda CBR500R: What's New & What To Expect?

Honda has unveiled the 2016 version of CBR500R. The all-new CBR500R has received significant updates. The designers have focussed on making the motorcycle sharper and aggressive looking by providing a more familiar CBR-like family styling.

Powering the 2016 Honda CBR500R is a parallel-twin cylinder (471cc), liquid-cooled engine. The engine has been tuned to produce 46.9 horsepower and 43Nm of peak torque, and is offered with a 6-speed transmission.

The Japanese manufacturer will continue providing Anti-lock Braking System as standard safety equipment with the CBR500R. Honda targets this motorcycle at young and new buyers, and equipping the 2016 CBR500R with ABS is a good move.

On the design front, the CBR500R gets split headlights with LED treatment. The front cowl design has also been redesigned for a more aggressive and sporty appeal.

Honda also offers a proper step-up seat for the passenger. The seating cowl looks similar to the one provided on the CBR600RR range. Riding position does not change and will continue to maintain a comfortable ride posture.

The 2016 CBR500R is available in three colour options: Red, Matte Black Metallic, and Pearl White. Honda confirms the CBR500RR will go on sale in U.S. and European markets initially; whether this model will hit the Indian shores-it is unclear for now.

In India, Honda recently launched the CBR650F model and provided the CBR250R and CBR150R with colour and graphic updates. Chances are quite high that Honda could introduce the CBR500R in India to challenge the Kawasaki Ninja 650.

2016 Honda CBR500R in pictures:

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Story first published: Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 14:05 [IST]
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