The Honda Unicorn remains a well-respected name in the commuter vehicle segment in India. And now, aiming to replicate the same popularity, Honda has launched a Made-in-India Unicorn in the Nigerian market. The Nigerian-spec version featured minor cosmetic changes, while power came from the same 160 cc motor.
The Unicorn 160 by Honda Nigeria is targeted at private and commercial buyers.The model is priced at 14,00,000 naira (roughly Rs 2.53 lakh) in Nigeria, making it considerably more expensive than the Indian version retails for ¥106,000 (ex-showroom, Delhi). The manufacturer said it believes the Unicorn’s high fuel efficiency, resale value, and ease of repair and parts availability will help make it a value-friendly purchase for customers.
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The Honda Unicorn 160 is exported to Nigeria from the brand’s Indian factory. The Nigerian-spec version gets styling changes inspired by the Honda SP 125. The headlight units were different and were equipped with halogen lamps. The fuel tank design has also been tweaked, while the model also gets light bulb indicators and an integrated seat.
Power comes from a 162.77 cc single cylinder engine producing 12.7 bhp and 14 Nm of peak torque. The motor is paired to a 5-speed gearbox. Suspension duties are handled by telescopic forks at the front and monoshocks at the rear, while stopping power comes from front disc and rear drum brake units. There is also single-channel ABS. The bike also features alloy wheels with tubeless tyres.
The launch of the Honda unicorn comes at a time when the Nigerian economy is struggling. But the company believes the launch of the motorcycle heralds good things to come.
First published date: Feb 14, 2023 at 16:01 PM CST