A new 160cc commuter motorcycle from Honda was recently launched in India and it goes by the name, the SP160. The all-new SP160 comes with an introductory price tag of Rs 1.18 lakh (ex-showroom). The bike is available in Single and Twin disc variations, with the top-spec Twin-disc model costing Rs 1.22 lakh (ex-showroom). After the Unicorn and the XBlade, this is the third model in the 150cc-160cc range. A total of 6 colour schemes, including Matte Axis Gray Metallic, Pearl Ignite Black, Matte Dark Blue Metallic, Pearl Spartan Red, Matte Pearl Deep Ground Gray, and Marvel Blue Metallic, are offered for the bike. Further, it faces up against products like the Bajaj Pulsar P150, the TVS Apache RTR 160, and more in our market. For the uninitiated, the SP160 is essentially a sportier version of another well-known model from the bikemaker, the Unicorn. Additionally, the engine specifications and output numbers for both bikes are identical. But how do the SP160 and the Unicorn vary from one another? Let's find out.
Honda SP160 vs Honda Unicorn: Price
The Honda SP160 costs Rs 7,700 more than the Unicorn and has less significant differences than it, with prices commencing at Rs 1.18 lakh (ex-showroom). But the SP160 does include a digital LCD instrument screen, disc brakes at both ends, and new sporty design elements that give it a slightly more contemporary appearance.
Honda SP160 vs Honda Unicorn: Features and Engine Specs
Single-channel ABS is a standard feature on both motorcycles in terms of features. The Unicorn receives a triple-pod analogue unit, while the SP160 receives a fully digital instrument console. The SP160 displays the mileage, gear position, and clock in addition to most of the information that is displayed on both motorcycles.
The 162.71cc, single-cylinder, counterbalanced, BS6.2-compliant engine with 12.7bhp of maximum power and 14.58Nm of peak torque with a 5-speed transmission is shared by both the products.
Honda SP160 vs Honda Unicorn: Design
The Unicorn maintains its more commuter-centric look with straightforward design lines throughout. The SP160 has a muscular tank design featuring tank extensions, fin-like components on the side panels, sharper lines on the back panel, as well as a more substantial headlight cowl since it reflects the style of a sportier and aggressive commuter. The bike sports a bolder and sportier stance in addition to these thanks to the M-shaped tail light. In many aspects, it resembles the larger, more muscular sibling of the Honda SP125, just as its name implies.
Honda SP160 vs Honda Unicorn: Hardware Details
Both motorcycles have a diamond frame, and telescopic fork, with mono shock as their foundational components. The front brake on the SP160 is a larger 276mm petal disc than the front brake on the Unicorn, which is a 240mm conventional disc. The rear drum brake on the Single Disc version is 130mm, while the rear drum brake on the Double Disc version is 220mm. The newly released sporty commuter rides on 18-inch wheels as opposed to the Unicorn's 17-inch ones, however, the alloy wheel look is identical.
Honda SP160 vs Honda Unicorn: Dimensions
Although the Unicorn is 20mm longer, the SP160 is 30mm wider and 10mm taller. In addition, as opposed to the former, the SP160 has a 12mm larger wheelbase and a ground clearance that is 10mm lower at 177mm. The newly-launched motorcycle's Single Disc form shares a kerb weight with the Unicorn whereas the Double Disc variation weighs two kilograms more. The Unicorn gains a 1-litre bigger fuel tank and a seat that is 2 mm taller, at 798mm.