Honda reveals new Hornet concept sketch

The new Hornet concept, first introduced at the 2021 EICMA show, is moving towards production, but will be used, as the sketches of the new design concept from Honda’s European R & D center suggest. The type of motor is still a mystery.

Honda created the CB600F Hornet in 1998 as a bare sports bike built around a tamer version of the CBR600 supersport inline 4-cylinder motor. By relying on the last CBR600RR power plant before Honda effectively shut down its supersports program, it continued production under the Hornet Monica until 2012.

In 2013, Honda announced the CB650F with a new 4-cylinder engine designed for the road, with more mid-range performance. It was no longer called the Hornet, and in fact Honda hasn’t used this name on similar bikes ever since, with the exception of some Asian small-capacity models that cultivate Hornet’s fame.

As unveiled at last year’s EICMA show, Honda’s plans to revive the Hornet were presented with a digitally abstract outline of a very modern and angled bike. Honda didn’t hint at the engine it plans to use, but the Hornet name mention automatically means four-cylinder.

Honda first unveiled its intention to revive the Hornet with this design, unveiled at the 2021 EICMA show last November.


After a few months of complete silence on this issue, Hornet’s front is seeing fresh action when Honda reveals a new sketch created by a European design team based in Rome, the capital of Italy.He’s the same studio that designed the bike like it CRF1100L Africa Twin And CB650R, and scooters such as X-ADV And ADV350. And the last Italian designer, Giovanni Dovis, is in charge of the latest concept sketches for the new Hornet.

“Honda’s design philosophy is to create something simple and functional in a simple way. The model is beautiful, simple and emotionally appealing,” says Dovis. “The sketch shows how Hornet’s design concept promises agility, dynamism and lightness, thanks to its slim proportions, pointed tail section and very sharp lines. It has a front-to-back tension and aggression feature that creates a new compact proportion look and outlines Hornet’s true sporting objectives. “

What Dovis doesn’t reveal is lurking under the pointed fuel tank side panels and behind the angled, sloping headlights that appear to be inspired by KTM. Super Duke design. Honda sticks to withholding all information about the nature of the new Hornet power plant.

The new Honda Hornet fuel tank is crucial in shaping the aesthetics of the bike with sharp, pointed lines.

The new Honda Hornet fuel tank is crucial in shaping the aesthetics of the bike with sharp, pointed lines.


Assuming it will be inline 4, there are two possible options. It’s an evolution of the CB650F unit, and you may be using an existing CB650R engine that already has a 10-year and two-set Euro standard, or you may be considering a brand new engine.

But there is another, very plausible possibility. In April, Honda Spain introduced a short teaser video on it Instagram accountWasps jump off overdubbed flowers with the sound of an engine that looks like twins instead of a four-cylinder engine.

So could Honda plan to revive the Hornet with the Africa Twin engine? That may certainly be the case, especially since the same engine has already moved to the 2022 NT1100 Sport Tourer. The only other qualified twin-cylinder engine on the CB500F in the Honda lineup is that of the NC750 family, but its undersquare, low revs and fuel-saving nature make it support such an aggressive look. Seems to be too obedient.

Honda's new Hornet Design Concept Sketch explores several options, including different frames and exhaust positions.

Honda’s new Hornet Design Concept Sketch explores several options, including different frames and exhaust positions.


Of course, Honda may be trying to introduce a new twin cylinder platform. This has also been rumored for quite some time. In fact, the Japanese media has recently rumor That Honda is planning a new, sportier 750cc twin and a medium-capacity Africa Twin (or Transalp, another classic Honda model that can go back) for use on the Hornet, and this certainly makes sense. increase.

Honda hasn’t set a clear timeline for the arrival of the new model, but this fresh round of official sketches, teasers and rumors was probably not a coincidence, so it’s possible that we’ll be able to see the new Hornet someday. It’s expensive, preferably at the 2022 EICMA show in November, a year after Honda announced its plans at exactly the same venue.

sauce: Honda

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