New Honda Africa Twin under development; launch likely by 2020

Reports say that Honda is developing a new Africa Twin which will get a more powerful engine and will see a significant design overhaul. The expected launch is by 2020.

With the growing popularity of the ADV segment, a lot of automotive brands are venturing into this space. Brands like Ducati, BMW and more are regularly updating their ADVs.

Honda Africa Twin is the brand’s most premium offering in the ADV segment. It has pure ADV genes with the tall-boy looks and sleek tires. It is also one of the most high-end selling bikes of Honda.

2018 Honda Africa Twin

A fresh report has confirmed that Honda is working on a new-generation Africa Twin. The updated ADV will most likely launch by 2020, with an updated engine as well as some mechanical upgrades.

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Speculations suggest that it might get a new 1080cc parallel-twin engine that puts out 95 BHP. Currently, the bike gets a 998cc parallel-twin engine that puts out 88 BHP and 93.1 Nm of peak torque.

With an updated engine, 2020 Africa Twin will also get an updated Dual-Clutch Transmission. It will be smoother and more precise than the current one.

Mechanical updates will include a bigger fuel tank of 20 Litres. With an average mileage of 20 kmpl, it could deliver a riding range of over 400 kms on a full tank. Currently, it gets a fuel tank capacity of 18.8 Litres.

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Feature upgrades will include a new TFT-colour display unit, Bluetooth connectivity, Multimedia support and GPS navigation. The current display unit is Rally Style LCD unit which displays the main information.

As said, 2020 Africa Twin will also see a design overhaul. The report says that a more aggressive face and body is in the offing. It might borrow some styling cues from CB1000R, Fireblade and other premium bikes.

The estimated launch of this bike is around mid-2020. Although, it might make a debut at the 2019 EICMA.

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Like the earlier one, the 2020 Africa Twin will continue to compete with Ducati Multistrada 1260 and BMW R 1250 GS.