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Honda VFR800 Interceptor to be launched in India

Earlier this week during Honda Stunner’s launch, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India’s (HMSI) President and CEO, S. Aoyama had unveiled Honda’s plan to launch Honda VFR 800 Interceptor in India, by the end of this financial year.

We take a sneak peak at the Honda VFR 800 and see what kind of impact it will have on the biking scene in India, and how it would be able to carve out a niche for itself, which at this moment isn’t being addressed by any of the motorcycles officially available in India.

Honda VFR 800 Interceptor is a Sports Touring Motorcycle i.e. it is meant for the highways with a relaxed and comfortable seating position, unlike the Sportsbikes that we currently see on the road. It’s sleek, aerodynamic bodywork is functional yet beautiful and air flowing through the windscreen’s central air vent provides cool air to the rider at low speeds and increases rider comfort at higher speeds by offering real protection from high velocity winds.

honda vfr800 interceptor

At the heart of the Honda VFR 800 is its 781cc DOHC 90-degree V-4 VTEC engine, which combines the power characteristics of both two- and four-valve cylinder-head designs. This revolutionary engine runs on two valves per cylinder below 6400 rpm, and then switches to four valves per cylinder to deliver significantly stronger low-end and mid-range torque while maintaining Interceptor’s impressive high-rpm power delivery.

43mm Honda Multi-Action System (HMAS) cartridge front fork provides enhanced handling under all riding conditions, while the Pro-Link single HMAS gas-charged shock does the duty at the rear. Ensuring that high speed touring doesn’t leads to backaches.

Honda VFR 800 is equally capable at night, thanks to its four brilliant multireflector headlights which employ two centrally positioned H4 low/high beams positioned under two widely spaced H7 high beams for brilliant nighttime illumination.

These features make the Honda VFR 800 Interceptor just the right weekend motorcycle for most, which would happily take you to majority of the weekend destination in comfort and style.

However all this comes at price, Honda VFR 800 Interceptor’s non ABS version would likely cost Rs. 10 lakhs in India, while the ABS version is expected to be priced at the same price as the Yamaha R1.

Honda VFR800FI Interceptor Specifications

Engine Type: 781cc liquid-cooled 90° V-4
Bore and Stroke: 72mm x 48mm
Compression ratio: 11.6:1
Valve Train: VTEC DOHC; four valves per cylinder
Induction: PGM-FI with automatic enricher circuit, 36mm throttle bodies and 12-hole injectors
Ignition: Computer-controlled digital with three-dimensional mapping and electronic advance
Transmission: Close-ratio six-speed
Final Drive: #530 O-ring chain
Suspension front: 43mm HMAS cartridge fork with spring preload adjustability; 4.3 inches travel
Suspension rear: Pro Arm single-side swingarm with Pro-Link single HMAS gas-charged shock with seven-position spring preload and rebound damping adjustability; 4.7 inches travel
Brake front: Dual full-floating 296mm discs with LBS three-piston calipers
Brake rear: Single 256mm disc with LBS three-piston caliper; Optional ABS (VFR800FI ABS)
Tyre front: 120/70ZR-17 radial
Tyre rear: 180/55ZR-17 radial
Wheelbase: 57.4 inches
Rake (Caster angle): 25.3°
Trail: 100mm (3.9 inches)
Seat Height: 31.7 inches
Fuel Capacity: 5.8 gallons, including 0.8-gallon reserve
Color: Silver Metallic
Curb Weight: 540 pounds (VFR800FI) / 551 pounds (VFR800FI ABS)

7 Comments

  1. ARJUN BAGGA says:

    well what the…. yougesh what would be the cost of this machine. i have my word that this killing machine wont be less than some reall good lacks of rs. well the buyers of this type of a baby are not so much. but i guess the company will not exceed more than 250cc since they have to be within the masses if not then the company is toasted for good.

    anyways who we are to say anything right know and give our judgments on the subject let the time fly and the right time come in so that the entire nation will come to know themselves what is the next launch by the company going to me in the near future.

  2. Jeevan Chaukar says:

    In general I would welcome arrival of this and other such high capacity bikes. But…….

    Well, this is definitely a good bike but real problem in India seems to be that we can either buy small 150-220 cc bikes or straight away buy gigantic 800 cc and above. So price range is either below 1.2 lakh or above 8-10 lakhs!

    I have said in few other forums and will say it here as well. Give me a bike in India which is as reliable as a Pulsar 150 DTSi but a bit more powerful than erstwhile Yamaha RD-350 for around 1.5 lakhs. Expected top speed is around 160-170 kmph with 0-100 time being under 7-8 seconds. Maintenance can be costly but not stratospheric like Yamaha R1 or Honda CBR1000. Oh yes, it should be more good looking than any of the Pulsars which are certainly benchmark for low capacity bikes. I would not spend whopping money (such as 1.5 lakhs) for any bike that doesn’t beat iconic RD-350.

    Cheers!

  3. hi like the stunner very much its so beautiful. can you please tell how many colours are there at first launch of this bike

    your awaitfully
    nivas

  4. HI !!! YOGESH
    R U TELLING THE TRUTH OR JUST FEAK DIYA
    BECOS ICANT BELIVE THAT HONDA VFR 800 INTERCEPTOR IS BEEN
    LAUNCHED IN INDIA.
    I HAVE BEEN ALWAYS A FAN 0F HONDA BIKES
    MOSTLY CBR XXD2 , CBR 100RR, CBR600RR, HONDA VFR 800, VFR FIRE BLADE,ETC ………& LOT MORE.
    TELL ME THATS ITS TRUE
    SO THAT I WILL START SAVING MY POCKET MONEY.

  5. stunner ne tan kamal hi kar dittiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

  6. Hi Guys,

    I own a VFR800 FI Interceptor in Chennai 11,000 kms clocked, and I can vouch for the fact that the bike is truly amazing. Touched a top speed of 180kmph so far …. Top speed on youtube is 257 kmph on a road in Greece http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNRZjE2sZWk but in India 🙁
    Hoping this will be launched in India soon so regular maintenance spares may be available from the dealers although they may also sell only to people who buy bikes from them. 🙁
    Cheers.

  7. TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION
    Model ID
    Manufacturer (Make) Honda
    Model Name VFR 800 F1
    Year 1998
    Category(class) Sport-touring
    Engine
    Engine Capacity (Displacement) 781 ccm (47.66 cubic inches)
    Engine Type V-type, 4 cylinders
    Stroke 4
    Valves per Cylinder 4
    Starter System Electronic
    Cooling System Liquid
    Powertrain
    Gearbox 6 speed
    Chassis/Suspension/Brakes
    Front Brakes Dual disc
    Rear Brakes Single disc
    Dimensions
    Seat Height 805 mm (31.69 inches)
    Dry Weight 208 kg (459 lb)
    Performance
    Max Power 110.00 HP (80.3 kW) at 10500 RPM
    Max Torque 79.00 Nm (58.09 ft*lbs) at 8500 RPM
    Power/Weight Ratio 0.47 Hp/Kg
    Top Speed 250 km/h (155mph)
    Acceleration (dart, speedup) time
    0-100 km/h 3.8 seconds
    0-60 mph 3.6 seconds
    1/4 mile

    60 to 140 km/h, highest gear

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