US customers get the CBR300R, will the PH follow?

The Honda CBR150R is perhaps one of the most sought-after motorcycles in the small bike category in the Philippines. From its striking looks inspired by Honda’s flagship superbike, the CBR1000RR-R, to its amazing fuel economy, it's no wonder this motorcycle is a standout choice.

But, how about those who have graduated from 150cc bikes and are looking for something bigger? For US-based riders, Honda has the new CBR300R.

The 300R

This is the CBR300R imageAccording to Honda, they “took the lessons learned through decades of CBR refinement and applied them to a single-cylinder machine capable of conquering tight city streets or twisting back roads.”

The CBR300R is powered by a 286cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected engine that produces about 31 Ps of power and 27 Nm of torque. A new design that integrates counter-balancers ensures further refinement of the CBR’s engine, with far less vibration than its predecessor. Besides smoother operation, the fuel mapping was also improved to deliver better throttle response.

The CBR300R still retains the 296mm front and 220mm rear discs, with ABS as an option.

Will the CBR300R land in the Philippines?

This is the CBR300R image

Currently, the US-spec CBR300R retails for US$4,799 (base) and US$4,999 (ABS), or roughly Ph₱230,800 and Ph₱240,500, respectively. By comparison, the CBR150R’s Repsol edition (ABS) already retails at Ph₱165,000, while the next sports bike in the lineup, the CBR500R, retails at Ph₱349,000.

So far, there is no word from Honda PH if or when they’ll be filling up the gap between their big and small sport bikes in the lineup.