Honda’s rumoured replacement for the CBR250R, the 2016 CBR250RR, is rumoured to be going into production in August this year. The CBR250RR was previewed as the “Light Weight Super Sports” concept at last year’s Tokyo motor show. The quarter-litre class is hotly contested in developing markets like ASEAN, and a new Honda 250 is long overdue.

The 2016 CBR250RR will be a parallel-twin, and is said to be coming with a bunch of riding aids and controls taken from its bigger engined siblings in Honda’s range. Production is reported by visordown to likely be in Honda’s plants in either Indonesia or Thailand, which might mean the new quarter-litre Honda may hit the south-east Asian market first.

The Honda CBR250RR’s closest rival is the Yamaha R25, and the Ninja 250. The Honda CBR250R retails from RM21,728 in base form, to RM25,650 for the Repsol version with ABS, inclusive of GST. The Yamaha R25 retails for RM20,206 inclusive of GST, while the Ninja 250R retails for around RM22,000, excluding GST.

GALLERY: Honda Light Weight Super Sports concept

GALLERY: Yamaha R25

GALLERY: Kawasaki Ninja 250