The 2020 Honda Africa Twin is priced starting Rs 15.35 lakh. Unlike before, the ADV will be on sale in India in manual as well as DCT variants. The litre-class ADV also gets a bigger heart, more power and torque and loads of additional features
Just six months after its global unveiling, Honda has brought in the 2020 Africa Twin CRF1100L to the Indian shores. The litre-class adventure tourer is priced at Rs 15.35 lakh (ex-showroom India) for the manual transmission variant. Yes, you’ve read that right, the Africa Twin is now available in India with a 6-speed manual transmission. The DCT variant is priced at Rs 16.10 lakh. While in the international market, the 2020 Africa Twin is on sale in the Standard and Adventure Sport trims, we only get the latter here in India. The outgoing 2019 Africa Twin (DCT) at the time of its launch in April 2019 was priced at Rs 13.50 lakh (all prices are ex-showroom, pan-India).
For the additional price, the 2020 Africa Twin has a lot to offer. The biggest change is at the heart – the 998cc motor has been replaced by a larger 1,084cc unit that produces 100.6bhp and 105Nm. Honda claims that the 12 per cent increase in power and the 11 per cent in max torque result in better performance throughout the rev range. The engine also gets a longer stroke, improved intake and exhaust system, and an updated ECU. This 2020 iteration is also 5kg lighter than before, and that is even after being fitted with a larger 24.8-litre fuel tank.
Aside from the motor, the chassis is all-new as well, and it now gets a bolt-on sub-frame. The seat height of the 2020 model is now up to 850-870mm, but the seat is narrower than before, which should help ease things for shorter riders. The new Africa Twin also offers more in terms of features. It now gets a 6-axis IMU with cornering ABS, wheelie control, rear lift control, and seven-level Honda Selectable Torque Control. The 2020 Africa Twin also gets a 6.5-inch colour TFT display with Apple CarPlay and Bluetooth connectivity features.
The Honda Africa Twin will compete against the likes of the BMW F850GS, Ducati Multistrada 950, and the upcoming Triumph Tiger 900. BMW and Ducati are yet to bring in updated versions of F850GS and Multistrada 950, respectively.