Hero Motocorp, the world’s largest 2-wheeler manufacturer and dominant market leader in the commuter segment, is aggressively looking into capturing the booming premium segment in India. The concept model ‘XTREME 200S’ was first showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo. With the focus on higher displacement motorcycle segment, Hero Motocorp has unveiled the production model, which is a bit different from its concept, with the name ‘XTREME 200R’. The XTREME 200R will reach dealerships across the country for sale by April 2018 and the bookings for the bike shall be open soon.
Developed by Hero MotoCorp’s in-house R&D team, based at the Centre of Innovation and Technology (CIT), the XTREME 200R is different from its concept in terms of its leaner and sharper body design, a new sporty digi-analogue instrument cluster and dual tone colour scheme. The bike also has a slimmer contoured seat assembly for ergonomics and comfortable seating for both rider and the pillion. The XTREME 200R will be offered in 5 dual-tone color schemes – Panther Black with cool Silver, Panther Black with Red, Sports Red, Charcoal Grey with Orange and Techno Blue. The bike’s style quotient is well addressed with a sharp yet muscular 12.4 litres fuel tank, eyebrow-shaped LED DRLs and all LED taillight assembly. Hero Motocorp has paid special attention to the exhaust note of this motorcycle as some of the bike enthusiasts prefer a pleasant firing.
The bike is powered by a performance oriented BS-IV compliant, air-cooled 199.6 cc engine which churns out a maximum power of 18.1 BHP @ 8,000 rpm and a peak torque of 17.1 Nm @ 6,500 rpm. The company claims that the bike can do a top speed of 114 kmph. The bike gets a light weight stiff frame which will prove to be advantageous in handling and give rider all confidence at the corners. The bike is agile, light and weighs 146 kg only.
Talking about the braking system, the bike gets 276 mm Front Disc and 220 mm Rear disc and ABS will be offered as an option. The front suspension system is a telescopic 37 mm fork while the 7-step adjustable mono-shock takes care of the rear suspension. The bike gets a 100/80 R17 front tyre and 130/70 R17 radial rear tyre.
The power figures don’t appear much appealing as the KTM Duke 200’s engine produces 24.6 BHP, the single cylinder engine of Bajaj Pulsar 200NS churns out 23 BHP and the power output for Apache RTR 200 is 20.7 BHP. It is pretty obvious that performance wise XTREME 200R may find it difficult to tackle its rivals. However, this won’t be the apt time to comment on the bike as the sales figures will speak for themselves. We shall update the full specifications list of the bike soon.