Have you ever dreamed of owning Honda’s latest CBR100RR-R Fireblade SP, but can’t quite reach the P1.5-million price tag just yet? Well, Honda Philippines has just made the full-size Fireblade’s mini-me available. Meet the all-new Honda CBR150R, which bears a resemblance to the Japanese brand’s 1,000cc superbike.
With the previous-generation CBR150R a bit long in the tooth at this point, it’s high time Honda Philippines brought in the refreshed model with a host of upgrades. The things you can find on the latest CBR150R include a gold-colored inverted fork for better damping and a sportier look, an assist and slipper clutch that allows for easier shifting, redesigned front and rear LED lighting, and a new fully-digital LCD dash complete with a gear indicator.
The most noticeable difference between the previous and the current model is the styling, which draws heavy inspiration from Honda’s larger sportbikes. The little CBR’s design is more modern and athletic this time around, complete with a very aggressive front end, fairings that mimic the incorporated winglets on the Fireblade, and an overall larger form that belies its 150cc heart.
Powering Honda’s smallest sportbike is a 149cc DOHC four-valve single-cylinder engine capable of 17.1hp at 9,000rpm and 14.4Nm of torque at 7,000rpm, mated to a six-speed manual transmission. This motor comes with Honda’s usual engine tech, namely, the PGM-Fi fuel-injection system and enhanced smart power technology.
Retained from the previous-gen model is the bank angle sensor, which automatically turns the engine off when a lean angle of 60 degrees is detected, protecting the bike and the engine from further damage in the event of a crash.
Locally, the new CBR150R is only available in the Honda Tri-Color paint scheme, which we think looks appropriately racy. Pricing sees a slight increase at P159,900, compared with the previous model’s P152,900 starting price.
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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopBikes.ph. Minor edits have been made.