Launched at the Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show 2018 (KLIMS18) were the 2019 Honda PCX Hybrid, Honda Forza scooter and Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade superbike. With the showing of these three two-wheelers, Honda has launched 12 new or updated motorcycles and scooters in Malaysia across 2018.

A first for the Malaysian scooter market is the PCX Hybrid at RM13,499, combining a 150 cc, liquid-cooled, four-stroke internal combustion engine with an electric motor and high-output lithium-ion battery pack. Power output for the PCX Hybrid is 15 hp at 8,500 rpm and 13.2 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm when running on petrol while the electric motor puts out 1.9 hp and 4.3 Nm of torque at 3,000 rpm.

According to Honda, this allows for sharper throttle response and quicker acceleration from standstill. The PCX Hybrid comes with two user modes – Drive (D) for better fuel economy and rider comfort, Sport (S) for better performance.

The modes are combined with Honda’s Idle Stop System (ISS) which can be switched on or off according to rider preference. LED lighting is used throughout the PCX Hybrid and other rider conveniences include a combined braking system, full digital panel meter, DC socket and keyless start.

Weight for the PCX Hybrid is said to be 136 kg and seat height is a rider-friendly 764 mm with fuel carried in an 8-litre tank. There is only one colour option for the 2019 Honda PCX Hybrid in Malaysia – Pearl Dark Night Blue.

Second of Boon Siew Honda’s scooters to be launched at KLIMS18 is the Honda Forza, priced at RM30,999, which is aimed at the higher end of the market. Producing 24.8 hp at 7,000 rpm and 27.2 Nm of torque at 5,750 rpm, the Forza gets its power from a 279 cc, liquid-cooled, four-valve, single-cylinder mill.

Weighing in at 182 kg, the Forza gets power to the ground via a CVT gearbox and belt drive, which Honda calls V-Matic. With fuel carried in a 11.5-litre tank, Honda says the Forza will go 346 km between fill-ups.

The Forza comes equipped with a host of features including keyless start, Honda Selectable Torque Control (HTSC), ABS, LED lighting throughout, 12-Volt charging socket and under seat compartment big enough to store two full-face helmets. Coulour choices for the 2019 Honda Forza are Pearl Horizon White, Sword Silver Metallic and Asteroid Black Metallic.

A legendary name returns to Malaysian market in the form of the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade, which retails at RM91,999. With the tagline “Next Stage Total Control”, the CBR1000RR Fireblade weighs in at 196 kg and places a greater emphasis on aerodynamics.

This can be seen in the power numbers for the CBR1000RR Fireblade, 189 hp at 13,000 rpm and 114 Nm of torque at 11,000 from the 999 cc 16-valve, DOHC, four-cylinder engine, which Honda says is enough for the superbike to compete against its peers. A full suite of riding conveniences is standard on the Fireblade, including three preset ride modes and two user customisable modes.

The three standard modes are “Fast” for the track, “Fun” for sporty road riding and “Safe” for riding in the city and sketchy conditions. True to its racing pedigree, the Fireblade comes with an optional up-and-down quickshifter, selectable engine braking, fully-adjustable Showa suspension and electronic steering damper.

For next year in Malaysia, the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade comes in two colour choices – Grand Prix Red and Matte Ballistic Black Metallic. All three new Honda models are available at Honda Big Wing stores across Malaysia and prices exclude road tax, insurance and registration.

GALLERY: 2019 Honda PCX Hybrid


GALLERY: 2019 Honda Forza
GALLERY: 2019 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade

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