Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India launched its first bike in the entry level motorcycle segment with the 110 cc CB Twister .
The price of the Honda CB Twister is Rs 42,000, ex-showroom Delhi. The company expects to sell around 220,000 units of the Twister in the Indian market in its first year.
The 110 cc single cylinder air-cooled engine of the Twister produces 9 bhp at 8000 rpm, and a maximum torque of 9 Nm at 6000 rpm. The motorcycle offers an estimated fuel efficiency of 70 km/Pl, and meets Bharat Stage III norms.
At the low end of the motorcycle market in India, what is often lacking is style and sophistication â€“ and Honda hopes that its brand image and reputation for quality would be welcomed by the mass market. Currently, Hero Honda rules the low-end motorcycle market in India with itsÂ Passion ProÂ and other motorcycles, but the Twister is bound to make life miserable for Hero Honda.
The CB Twister is available in three variants which are named rather plainly: Kick Drum Alloy, Self Drum Alloy and Self Disc Alloy. The price of Rs 42,000 is for the Kick Drum Alloy version. Officially, prices will be announced only on the 5th of January, when theÂ Auto Expo 2010Â begins. The higher variants of the Twister will be priced higher too â€“ expect around Rs 45,000 for the Self Disc Alloy version ex-showroom.
The Honda CB Twister is a classy looking bike, at least by the standards of the 110cc motorcycle market with its black front cowl, side cowls and a compact muffler with a short tail end. The chain drive is only half covered â€“ always more stylish, and always more painful maintenance â€“ especially in the monsoons.
The Honda CB Twister is available in five colours: Pearl Amber Yellow, Candy Sonic Green, Pearl Nightstar Black, Pearl Siena Red and Pearl Fuji Blue. The colour options are available for all variants of the Twister.
Deliveries of the CB Twister will start in February 2010.