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She's back! Honda relaunches Brazilians' favorite after 15 years and threatens the sovereignty of the Yamaha Lander

Written by Alisson Ficher
Published 11/07/2024 às 01:33
Honda's triumphant motorcycle return. (Image: reproduction)
Honda's triumphant motorcycle return. (Image: reproduction)

Honda model that won the hearts of many is back! With a new 300-cylinder engine and off-road design, the Brazilian favorite promises to take on the Yamaha XTZ 250 Lander. Discover all the details of this launch that promises to shake up the adventurous motorcycle market in Brazil.

Get ready, bikers! Honda has just relaunched the iconic XR 300L Tornado 2025, a motorcycle that has left people longing for the adventurous hearts of Brazil. After 15 years, it returns with more strength and technology, ready to challenge the Yamaha XTZ 250 Lander and reaffirm its position in the market.

With a starting price of R$ 27.690, the new Tornado arrives to compete directly with the Yamaha Lander, which costs R$ 25.790. The Tornado, now with a 300 cylinders, promises to win over both trail enthusiasts and those who brave the city streets daily.

Just as the CPG published, the novelty was presented at the Interlagos Festival, but only this Wednesday (10) Honda announced detailed information about the motorcycle on its page. Among these details are the price and the fact that the new Tornado has the 300 cc engine, a significant evolution compared to the previous 250 cc model. According to Honda, this update is essential to offer more power and torque to riders.

Honda XR 300L Tornado 2025. (Image: reproduction)
Honda XR 300L Tornado 2025. (Image: reproduction)

History and Evolution of the Tornado

The Tornado carries significant historical weight. Since its launch in 2001, the motorcycle has won over Brazilians with its off-road performance. The digital panel, a novelty at the time, and the versatility to operate in urban and rural areas, were some of the factors that contributed to its success.

Derived from Honda's motocross bikes, the Tornado featured a robust chassis and suspension, fundamental features for its excellent performance on rough terrain.

The first generation of the Tornado, equipped with a 250-cylinder engine, generated 23,2 hp of power and 2,41 kgfm of torque. Its acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h was achieved in 12,5 seconds.

However, premature retirement in 2009 was a consequence of the requirements of PROMOT, the pollution control program, which made carburetor engines unviable. Thus, the Tornado gave way to the XRE 300, leaving lovers of off-road adventures to be missed.

Honda XR 300L Tornado 2025. (Image: reproduction)
Honda XR 300L Tornado 2025. (Image: reproduction)

Look and Performance of the New Tornado

According to the company, the XR 300L Tornado 2025 was designed to inspire adventures. The design is influenced by off-road competition motorcycles, conveying a feeling of robustness and readiness to face any terrain..

The 293,5 cm³ engine delivers 24,8 hp of power and 2,74 kgfm of torque with ethanol, being a flex engine that also accepts gasoline. The six-speed gearbox completes the mechanical package, providing efficient and versatile driving.

Comparing with the Yamaha XTZ 250 Lander ABS, its great rival, which has a 249 cm³ engine, 20,9 hp of power and 2,1 kgfm of torque, the Tornado stands out for its more powerful engine. These specifications ensure the Tornado delivers superior performance, especially in challenging terrain..

Honda XR 300L Tornado 2025. (Image: reproduction)
Honda XR 300L Tornado 2025. (Image: reproduction)

Comparison Table: Features of the Honda Tornado XR 300L

FeatureHonda Tornado XR 300L 2025
Motor293,5 cm³, flex
Modules24,8 hp (ethanol)
Torque2,74 kgfm (ethanol)
PriceR$ 27.690
Front Suspension245 mm
Rear Suspension227 mm
Seat Height89 cm
Tank Capacity13,8 liters
Tank Reserve3,7 liters
BrakesTwo-channel ABS
Rhodes21″ front, 18″ rear

Comparative Tornado vs. Sahara

The Honda Sahara 300, another great adventurer, also competes with Tornado in the national market. Although both share the same engine, experts explain that the Tornado stands out for features that make it more suitable for off-road use.

The Tornado's higher mudguard allows for greater performance on muddy terrain, while the straighter, thinner seat makes it easier to control the motorcycle on rough terrain. Furthermore, the Tornado has a greater fuel reserve capacity, an important differentiator for adventures in remote locations.

When talking about the motorcycle, Luiz Gustavo Guereschi, public relations supervisor at Honda Motos, reports that “those who use the Tornado normally travel on roads that do not have quick access to fuel”. “For this reason, at Tornado, the system warns you before you have entered the reserve so that you have time to get to a safe place to refuel”, he explains.

Technology and Security

The XR 300L Tornado 2025 is equipped with cutting-edge technology to ensure rider safety and efficiency. All lighting systems are LED, providing better visibility and energy savings. Two-wheel disc brakes, with dual-channel ABS, offer greater control and safety, allowing the rider to apply the front and rear brakes independently.

A detail that caught attention in the first photos released was the positioning of the front brake hose, which passes over the panel. According to Guereschi, this choice was made to guarantee the efficiency of the brakes in extreme conditions.

“As it is designed for intense brake use, it is common for the system to work at higher temperatures. Due to this scenario, the probability of creating bubbles in the brake fluid with a hose with steep angles would be high”, he explained.

Honda XR 300L Tornado 2025. (Image: reproduction)
Honda XR 300L Tornado 2025. (Image: reproduction)

Prices and Sales Expectations XR 300L Tornado 2025

With a price of R$27.690, the XR 300L Tornado 2025 positions itself as a strong competitor in the market. See how it compares to other adventure bikes:

  • Honda XR 300L Tornado: R$ 27.690
  • Yamaha XTZ 250 Lander: R$ 25.790
  • Honda Sahara 300 Standard: R$ 27.090
  • Honda Sahara 300 Rally: R$ 27.690
  • Honda Sahara 300 Adventure: R$ 28.650
  • Honda CB 300F Twister CBS: R$ 22.370
  • Honda CB 300F Twister ABS: R$ 23.330

The expectation is that Tornado sales will reach between 3,5 and 4 units per month, totaling around 20 units in the second half of 2024. This number is comparable to the performance of the Yamaha XTZ 250 Lander, which registered sales of 20 thousand units in the first six months of the year.

With its triumphant return, the Honda XR 300L Tornado 2025 promises to redefine the adventure motorcycle segment in Brazil. Its combination of power, versatility and robust design makes it an irresistible option for off-road enthusiasts..

And you, what do you think of the new Honda Tornado? Leave your opinion in the comments!

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Alisson Ficher

Journalist graduated since 2017 and working in the field since 2015, with six years of experience in printed magazines and more than 12 thousand online publications. Specialist in politics, jobs, economics, courses, among other topics. If you have any questions, want to report an error or suggest an agenda on the topics covered on the site, please contact us by email: alisson.hficher@outlook.com. We do not accept resumes!

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