Hero Splendor Special Edition celebrates 25 years since the birth of the popular nameplate with a number of cosmetic updates
The Splendor entry-level commuter has been in production since 1994 and it started achieving huge success during Hero and Honda’s partnership run – the golden period that is still considered as one of the most auspicious in the Indian automotive history. When the brands parted ways in 2011, the future of Splendor was left uncertain despite being a regular top seller.
But the commuter held on to its consistency and still remains as the most sold motorcycle in the domestic market and over the years the range has been expanded to capitalise on the nameplate’s popularity. Celebrating a quarter of a century’s presence, Hero MotoCorp has launched a special edition of the Splendor and it is priced at Rs. 56,600 (ex-showroom).
Based on the Splendor Plus variant, the special edition gets a new colour scheme and graphics. The black base paint job is overlaid by a mixture of yellow and orange decals. The standard Splendor Plus is only sold in Black with Purple, Candy Blazing Red, Heavy Grey with Green, Black with Silver and Cloud Siver paint schemes.
The highlighting features in the special edition are black alloy wheels, USB charger, black painted engine, and “25 years special edition” stickers seen on the windscreen and side body panels. No embellishments to the dual-pod analogue instrument console having side stand indicator and the motorcycle continues to use the 97.2 cc single-cylinder four-stroke air-cooled OHC engine with i3S technology.
It is good enough to produce a maximum power output of 8.36 PS at 8,000 rpm and 8.05 Nm of peak torque delivered at 5,000 rpm. It is mated to a four-speed constant mesh transmission. The Hero Splendor Plus special edition sits on the same tubular double cradle type chassis and uses telescopic hydraulic shock absorbers at the front and a swing arm type five-step adjustable hydraulic shocks at the rear.
Braking duties are performed by 130 mm disc on both sides and the Splendor Plus runs on 80/100-18 M/C 47P front and 80/100-18 M/C 54P rear tubeless tyres. For the betterment of safety, it employs an integrated braking system (Hero’s version of CBS).