About a year ago, Honda has revealed a teaser of the Hornet concept, confirming its plans to revive the popular mid-size car naked street fighter. At that point, all we got was a wire frame and some cryptic words from Honda about an “ultra-modern” bike with “thrilling engine performance.” Honda has finally given us some concrete details, at least when it comes to the engine.
in short concept the bike will be equipped with a completely new parallel twin 755 cc. The Unicam V8 will feature a 270-degree crank and is capable of producing just over 90 horsepower at 9,500 rpm and 55 lb.-ft. of torque at 7,250 rpm.
Fuyuki Hosakawa, head of the Hornet test project, offered his comments in a company press release:
“The Hornet has always been a special bike for Honda. Exciting, engaging performance has always been combined with flexible, nimble handling.
“Before starting this project, we thought long and hard about what performance we wanted to give the rider. We knew it was important to keep the classic Hornet maximum power, and at the same time as a new generation Hornet for modern times, we wanted the engine to have a really strong feeling of torque and “pulsating” from low to mid-rev. Our goal has always been to match them to the lightest and most maneuverable handling to make every trip, even in the city, as exciting and fulfilling as possible.
“To get the performance and easy handling we wanted, we knew we had to develop an all-new short-stroke twin-cylinder engine with a 270-degree crankshaft. This not only provides top speed, but also sports low-end torque, perfect for urban driving and cornering on the open road.”