Hero has unveiled its flagship product the Xtreme 200R which should make for an easier-to-use alternative in its segment
Hero had showcased the Xtreme 200S at the 2016 Auto Expo as a concept model. Since then, many have been curious about its arrival thinking what will Hero bring with a 200cc engine that will rival in the highly competitive segment. The wait of many is finally over as the Hero Xtreme 200R has been unveiled by the company which is also officially available for booking and scheduled to arrive at the dealerships by April 2018. Being a flagship bike from the homegrown bikemaker, the Xtreme 200R is a special one and in that case, let’s have a quick look at its details.
Starting with the powerplant, let me aware you that it carries the same engine as that of the Achiever 150. By increasing the bore and stroke, the capacity has been increased along with the power figures. The Xtreme 200R runs on a 200cc, single cylinder, air-cooled engine which is capable of developing 18.4 PS of power at 8000 RPM and 17.1 Nm of torque at 6500 RPM. This motor pulls the bike from 0 to 60 kmph speed in 4.6 seconds and the 0-100kmph timing has not been determined by the company. The power figures might appear a bit low but as reported, despite being a 200cc bike, this lies somewhere between the 150cc bikes and the same capacity counterparts. Shockingly, the Xtreme 200S can just accelerate till 112kmph speed which is much low for its engine capacity.
The styling of the motorcycle retains the cues of the older Xtreme but in a handsome and mature way. The headlamp of the Xtreme is a traditional Hero unit but looks bigger and the same goes for the tank extensions which appear familiar but give quite an appeal to the bike. The center cowl is blacked out unit regardless of the colour of the bike and extends into a sleek tail section which consists of body coloured graphics. It is available in five different colour options boasting dual tone shades. Illumination is provided by LED positioning headlamps and LD tail lamps while the details are indicated on the semi-digital instrument cluster.
Suspension duties on the Hero Xtreme 200R are handled by 37mm telescopic forks at the front and 8-step adjustable monoshock at the rear which is the first on a Hero bike developed by the company itself. With the single channel ABS available as an option, the Hero Xtreme 200R brakes with the help of 276mm disc at the front and 220mm disc at the rear. All that flesh and muscles makes the Hero bike weigh 146 kg kerb.
The announcement of the price of Xtreme 200R is kept pending for April 2018 when it will drop down at dealerships. Looking at all the specifications and features, it won’t be wrong to expect a lucrative price tag from Hero. It should provide for a milder and frugal alternative over the performance-oriented rivals including the KTM Duke 200, Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS and TVS Apache RTR 200 4V.