This past week, Honda launched the BS6 iteration of the X-Blade, with prices starting at Rs 1.06 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The manufacturer has updated the new X-Blade with more than just a BS6-compliant engine, and so, we’ve listed five things that you must know about Honda’s latest two-wheeler offering.
It makes the most torque in its class
The updated X-Blade is powered by the same 162.7cc, single-cylinder, fuel-injected engine that was introduced on the Unicorn. On the X-Blade, it produces peak output figures of 13.86hp at 8,000rpm and 14.7Nm of torque at 5,500rpm. In comparison to the BS4 model, peak power remains the same, but peak torque has increased. In fact, the 14.7Nm that the X-Blade produces is the highest torque figure in the 160cc segment. For reference the engine on the BS4 X-Blade was capable of 13.9hp at 8,500rpm and 13.9Nm of torque at 6,000rpm.
It gets some new hardware
While elements like the diamond frame, telescopic suspension and monoshock have been carried forward from its predecessor, the new X-Blade does get some new hardware in the form of an optional rear-disc brake and ABS. The X-Blade will be available with a 276mm disc at the front, and either a 220mm disc or 130mm drum at the rear. However, both models are equipped with a single-channel ABS. The single-disc variant weighs 143kg, while the double-disc variant weighs a kilo more at 144kg.
It’s got minor tweaks in design
In addition to the aforementioned mechanical updates, Honda has also made a few minor tweaks to the BS6 X-Blade’s aesthetics. The overall design remains largely unchanged, but the tank shrouds are now finished in the same colour as the rest of the bike; the tank and tail section feature new graphics. The mid-section of the motorcycle and the panels below the tank have received a textured finish as well. Honda has also redesigned the exhaust end can; it now comprises two exhaust ports. The bike also sports a sleeker belly pan.
It’s got new features
The number of new features that the X-Blade has been equipped with are minimal, yet significant. The bike sports an LED headlight and tail-light, in addition to an updated instrument cluster. This new cluster includes a gear-position indicator, service-due indicator and a digital clock. Additionally, Honda has also updated the switchgear with an engine start-stop switch and a hazard light button.
It’s priced quite competitively
X-Blade customers will be able to choose from two variants – the one with the rear drum or the disc brake. The rear drum model is priced at Rs 1.06 lakh, while the rear disc variant costs Rs 1.1 lakh. The X-Blade is part of a largely competitive segment that houses the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V (starting at Rs 1,02,950), the Suzuki Gixxer (Rs 1,11,900), the Yamaha FZ V3.0 (Rs 99,700) and the new Hero Xtreme 160 R (Rs 1 lakh).
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