Honda X-Blade vs Honda CB Hornet 160R: Real World Performance Compared

Modified On Jun 21, 2019 By Benjamin Noel Gracias for Honda CB Hornet 160R

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How different are these two sporty Honda bikes from one another?

Honda X-Blade vs Honda CB Hornet 160R Real World Performance Compared

There are two ways to look at it. The Honda X-Blade bridges the gap between the Unicorn 150 and the Hornet 160R. That or it sits in a no man's land between the Unicorn and the Hornet. Both bikes get a 162.71cc air-cooled motor but the X-Blade makes 14.13PS and 13.9Nm compared to the CB Hornet 160 R’s 15.09PS and 14.5Nm. The question is, how much closer is the X-Blade to the CB Hornet 160R in terms of sportiness. We have tested both bikes and here are our findings.

Also read: Honda X-Blade: Road Test Review

Honda X-Blade vs Honda CB Hornet 160R Real World Performance Compared

Acceleration:

 

Honda X-Blade

Honda Hornet 160

0-60kmph

5.30 seconds

5.08 seconds

0-100kmph

17.79 seconds

15.99 seconds

Top speed

110kmph

115kmph

The Hornet is just 0.22 seconds quicker than the X-Blade in the 0-60kmph run. However, the Hornet’s extra power and torque output show through in the 0-100kmph run where it is 1.8 seconds quicker than the X-Blade. Also, the larger Hornet has a higher top speed than the X-Blade.

Also read: Comparison review: Bajaj Pulsar NS 160 vs Honda CB Hornet 160R

Honda X-Blade vs Honda CB Hornet 160R Real World Performance Compared

Roll-ons:

 

Honda X-Blade

Honda Hornet 160

30-70kmph in 3rd gear

6.42 seconds

6.68 seconds

40-80kmph in 4th gear

8.73 seconds

8.23 seconds

Both the Hornet 160 and X-Blade have identical gearing and it shows in the roll-on figures as well. Thanks to its better mid-range power delivery, the X-Blade is in-fact quicker in the 30-70kmph run than the Hornet 160 by 0.26 seconds. However, it loses steam in fourth gear and the Hornet’s extra grunt allows it to be quicker in the 40-80kmph run by a marginal 0.5 seconds.

Honda X-Blade vs Honda CB Hornet 160R Real World Performance Compared

Braking:

 

Honda X-Blade

Honda Hornet 160

80-0kmph

45.52 metres

36.3 metres

60-0kmph

25.62 metres

20.11 metres

Both bikes tested here came without ABS. We shall update the figures once we test their ABS variants. The Hornet we tested came with a rear drum brake. So its braking hardware consisting of a 276mm front disc and a 130mm rear drum is identical to the X-Blade. The Hornet is 2kg lighter than the X-Blade and gets a larger 140-section rear tyre compared to the X-Blade’s 130-section unit. All these factors help the Hornet 160 achieve better braking distances.

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