After seeing the 2017 Honda CBR250RR in the flesh at the GIIAS show in Jakarta in August, we were told by Boon Siew Honda, official Honda distributor for Malaysia, that there were no concrete plans to bring this quarter-litre class sportsbike in for the local market.

It was something of a surprise to see the much-awaited CBR250R replacement sitting on the stand at the Boon Siew Honda booth at the Malaysian MotoGP at Sepang on the weekend. Coming in jazzy red/white/black colour scheme, the CBR250RR on display is identical to the stealth matte-black unit we saw during the show in Jakarta.

We now know the 2017 Honda CBR250RR will put out 36 hp at 12,500 rpm and 22.5 Nm torque at 10,500 rpm, using an eight-valve, parallel-twin, liquid-cooled engine displacing 249.7 cc. Using ride-by-wire, with riding modes, the CBR250RR comes in both ABS and non-ABS versions.

No firm pricing has been released for the 2017 Honda CBR250RR, but we were informed by a PT Astra spokesperson during the GIIAS show that the official Indonesian price for the CBR250RR is between 63 to 68 million Indonesian rupiah (RM19.5k to RM21k) for the non-ABS version, while the ABS model will go for between 69 to 74 million rupiah (between RM21k to RM22k).

Demand from local riders for the 2017 CBR250RR has been quite vocal, based on the posts and Facebook comments we have read. Boon Siew Honda has remained non-committal about whether the CBR250RR will ever make it to Malaysian shores.

What do you think? Is this the 250 cc sportsbike that needs to be brought in to Malaysia? Will it sell in enough quantities to justify it being imported, or even locally assembled? Leave a comment with your thoughts and opinions, below.