BS6 Honda X-Blade Officially Launched
Honda has just launched the BS6 X-Blade in two variants, single disc and dual disc. The new X-Blade is Honda’s sixth BS6 two-wheeler and second 160cc offering, following the new Unicorn. The X-Blade is part of a largely competitive segment that houses the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V, the Suzuki Gixxer (Rs 1,11,900), the Yamaha FZ V3.0 and the new Hero Xtreme 160 R.
The new X-Blade features a fair amount of updates in comparison to its predecessor. It is now powered by the 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 at 5,500rpm. In comparison to the BS4 model, peak power remains the same, but peak torque has increased. 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.
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 and the tank and tail section feature new graphics. The bike also sports a sleeker belly pan, LED headlamp and LED tail-lamp. The updated instrument cluster on the motorcycle includes a gear-position indicator and service due indicator. Additionally, Honda has also updated the switchgear with an engine start-stop switch and a hazard light button.
Hardware includes the same diamond frame with telescopic suspension and a monoshock. The X-Blade will be available with a 276mm disc at the front, and either a 220mm disc or 130mm drum at the rear. 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.