In a world where there is a wide variety of super engines above 200hp and a growing range of equally powerful machines on the market, the novelty of a twin under 100hp shouldn't cause too much fuss. However, Honda is reborn with the Hornet name for the highlight of new machinery in 2023.
After showing a projection in November 2021, with only an artistic document scanned, Honda revealed sketches of the model, highlighting the first technical criteria of the new in-line twin engine that will equip the Hornet.
However, the launch of the other specificities approved on the European continent allows us to take an even deeper look at a machinery that opens the doors to an entire Honda portfolio that can then share the same platform.
At the beginning of September, the Honda brought confirmation that the Hornet model would have a twin 755 cc engine developing 90.5 hp at 9,500 rpm and 75 Nm of torque at 7,250 rpm.
These numbers differentiate it from the 745 cc twin-cylinder that exists in the brand, used in the NC750 line, which develops only 57 hp and 69 Nm due to a design that focuses on economic criteria and not in relation to its performance.
The machinery of the new Hornet is capable of reaching very high rotations, in order to provide a substantial increase in power and promises to offer a compact model that stands out for its lightness.
The engine concept takes its inspiration from the Africa Twin and the CRF450R, from a Unicam SOHC head design and therefore works with the output category that generally demands a heavier, fuller DOHC layout. of volume.
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New approval documents confirm the credentials of a compact Hornet model.
The parallel wheelbase is 1.42 m, identical to a Suzuki GSX-R1000, while the weight of the Hornet, fully fueled, does not exceed 190 kg, almost the same as a Yamaha MT-09 and not so much more than an MT-07.
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Along with its use in the Hornet, the new engine is set to appear in Honda's long-awaited revival of an adventure machine, the Transalp.
It's also expected to appear as a 2023 model, having been spotted going through a publicity photo shoot in recent weeks with its final livery and graphics, but it looks like Honda plans to reveal it as a surprise.