Hero Xtreme 200R challenges TVS Apache RTR 200 4V, Bajaj Pulsar NS200 and Yamaha FZ25
The commuter motorcycles occupy the majority of Indian two-wheeler market and Hero MotoCorp is undeniably the leader in that segment with models like Splendor and Passion. But in recent past, Indian customers have been leaning towards sportier and premium products, instead of basic commuter motorcycles. Being such a major player in domestic market, Hero MotoCorp cannot ignore the trend and it is finally coming up with more attractive and premium models rather than just basic commuters.
At 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo, Hero MotoCorp showcased Xtreme 200S and its production version was introduced just before showcasing at the 2018 Auto Expo. Hero is taking an aggressive strategy for the premium segment and the new model is just a part of it. Apart from the new entry-level naked performance motorcycle, the company is also said to be preparing to launch other exciting models like the one based on the XF3R concept. Hero really needs to launch them quickly considering the advancements rivals bring into those segments.
Initially thought to be the 200S, the new sporty Xtreme 200R was showcased at EICMA 2016 in Milan, Italy as well in its concept form. It was displayed in Grey paint, while at 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo it was displayed in a different colour. The Hero Xtreme 200R locks horn with two very sporty looking and attractive models – the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V and the Bajaj Pulsar NS200. Here we take a closer look at everything you need to know about the sporty Hero Xtreme 200R:
Hero Xtreme 200S was revealed in the Indian market just ahead of 2018 Delhi Auto Expo where it was also displayed. It is completely designed in-house at Hero Centre of Innovation and Technology (CIT) in Jaipur. The largest two-wheeler maker in the world promises that 2018 will see introduction of new premium products in different segments as a definitive plan is put in place.
Hero Xtreme 200R India Price
Hero MotoCorp will surely keep the Xtreme 200S’s price competitive against its rivals. Expect the bike to be priced between Rs. 90,000 and Rs. 1.10 lakh (ex-showroom) for the non-ABS and ABS variants respectively. Deliveries will commence from April and prices will only be announced officially that month.
|ABS||Rs. 1.10 lakh|
Hero Xtreme 200R Engine, Transmission and Mileage
The Hero Xtreme 200R gets power from a BS-IV compliant, 200 cc single-cylinder, air-cooled, four-stroke engine. Paired with a five-speed constant mesh transmission, the engine is capable of churning out 18.4 PS of peak power at 8,000 rpm and 17.1 Nm of peak torque at 6,500 rpm. The bike is expected to return around 40 kmpl of impressive fuel economy as well. Hero says balancers are added to help the engine deliver power smoothly by averting vibrations.
|Engine||199.6 cc BS-IV, single-cylinder, air-cooled, four-stroke|
|Maximum Power||18.4 PS @ 8,000 rpm|
|Maximum Torque||17.1 Nm @ 6,500 rpm|
|Fuel Economy||40 kmpl (Expected)|
|Clutch||Wet Multi Plate|
Hero Xtreme 200R Brake and Suspension
The new Hero Xtreme 200R is equipped with 37 mm telescopic front forks and seven-step adjustable monoshock absorber at rear. For braking duty, the bike sports disc brakes on both front and rear wheels – 276 mm and 220 mm respectively. This bike is also the first model from Hero MotoCorp to feature an optional ABS, which surely takes the game up against rivals. At the rear, it gets 17-inch 130/70 radial tyre with “performance tread pattern” and 17-inch front tyre with 100/80 section wrapped in alloy wheel.
|Front Suspension||Telescopic forks|
|Rear Suspension||Monoshock absorber|
Hero Xtreme 200R Top Speed
|Hero Xtreme 200R Top Speed||114 kmph|
Hero MotoCorp claims that the Xtreme 200R has a claimed top speed of 114 kmph while the zero to 60 kmph sprint is dealt in 4.6 seconds which is obviously some margin behind its competitors. But, we won’t judge it until we ride in on normal conditions.
|Seat Height||790 mm|
|Ground Clearance||167 mm|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||12.4 litres|
|Curb Mass||146 kg|
The Hero Xtreme 200R measures 2,062 mm long, 778 mm wide and stands 1,072 mm tall. It features a wheelbase of 1,338 mm and has 790 mm seat height with 167 mm ground clearance. The fuel tank can hold up to 12.4 litres while the curb mass is rated at 146 kilograms.
Hero Xtreme 200R Design
The Hero Xtreme 200R looks pretty much sharper and aggressive compared to its erstwhile 150cc sibling. The bike gets large headlamp, very muscular fuel tank and bikini fairing. The analog-digital combo instrument cluster gives it a premium touch, while single-tone stepped-up seat is said to have contoured for better comfort, sharp tail section with LED taillight, chrome plating on exhaust muzzle give the bike a sporty appearance.
Although not an aggressive and sporty looking motorcycle as the Apache RTR 200 4V and Bajaj Pulsar NS200, the Xtreme 200R has a smooth flowing profile and a rather soft front profile with blacked out wind blast protector and a peculiar ‘Xtreme’ graphics.
It has sleek LED pilot lamps and LED tail lamps with guide lights. Hero claims the Xtreme 200R is built on a light yet stiffened diamond frame chassis for precise handling and it has rectangular swingarm. Moreover, for “perfect” balance between agility and comfort, the rider’s triangle with handlebars, seat and foot-pegs has been tuned according to Hero.
Hero Xtreme 200R Colours
The Xtreme 200R will be offered in five different two-tone paint schemes namely Panther Black with Cool Silver, Panther Black with Red, Sports Red, Charcoal Grey with Orange and Techno Blue.
The all-new Hero Xtreme 200R takes on rivals such as TVS Apache RTR 200 4V, Yamaha FZ25 and Bajaj Pulsar NS200.