Honda has launched a new motorcycle in India, the XRE 300, which is based on flex fuel technology. The bike can run on a mixture of 20% gasoline and 80% ethanol, and is in line with the Indian government’s plan to reduce the use of petroleum products. The XRE 300 was first spotted testing on Indian roads in October of last year and Honda India had already registered the trademark for the motorcycle.
The XRE 300 features a single cylinder, DOHC, air-cooled engine with a capacity of 291.6 cc. The engine provides 26 Nm of torque and 27 Nm of torque, and is paired with a 5-speed gearbox. The motorcycle has already been selling in Brazil, which is the country that uses the most ethanol.
Inspired by Honda’s African twin, the XRE 300 is a motorcycle with trail riding capabilities. It has a long travel front telescopic suspension and rear monoshock, as well as 21-inch front and 18-inch rear spoke wheels to increase its off-road capability. Additionally, the XRE 300 also comes equipped with features such as a high mount underseat exhaust, off-roader front fender, aggressive LED headlamp and headlamp cowl, digital instrument cluster, disc brake on both wheels, and ABS.
The demand for adventure motorcycles in the 300 cc segment is increasing in India, and the flex fuel technology used in the XRE 300 aligns with the government’s efforts to promote alternative fuel sources. The Auto Expo 2023, where the XRE 300 was exhibited, saw the participation of more than 150 traders. Other notable launches at the event included Tata’s new powerful hatchback, the Altroz Racer.