NEW DELHI: India’s leading two-wheeler manufacturer, Hero MotoCorp Limited, has finally announced the price of its upcoming premium motorcycle – the Xtreme 200R. The bike has been priced at Rs 88,000 (ex-showroom) in the northeastern states of the country, including Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and West Bengal.
The Hero Xtreme 200R was unveiled in January this year and the company let us a chance to take the upcoming bike for a spin on the upcoming bike around a month ago at Buddh International Circuit.
The new motorcycle is expected to be launched this month (July) and it seems that the company may launch it in a phased manner, starting from the northeastern market. With the Xtreme 200R, Hero MotoCorp will try to make a comeback in the premium/sports bike segment of India.
The manufacturer lost his foothold in the segment after the third major update to its sole premium sports bike – the Karizma, which failed to attract customers because of an unfamiliar design concept. The Xtreme 200R, however, is based on the company’s existing Xtreme Sports model.
Also, the price of the upcoming 200cc model is comparable to some of the 150cc motorcycle, which might give a good mileage to Hero in the premium bike market.
Talking about the technical aspects of the new Hero, it is an aggressive looking yet comfortable motorcycle with a relaxed air-cooled engine. The performance of the engine is below that of the other 200cc motorcycles in the market but the response and refinement are quite impressive. The motor, mated to a five-speed gearbox, makes 18.4PS of power and 17.1Nm of torque that comes at just 6,500rpm.
The Xtreme 200R comes with features like seven-step adjustable rear monoshock suspension, 130 section rear radial tyre and disc brake on both the front and rear wheel. The company will also offer ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) as an optional extra.
It will cater the buyers who are looking for an affordable performance bike which is comfortable to ride and can be used for daily commuting without any hassle.