Hero MotoCorp is testing multiple bikes, largely in the 200+cc space and one of these models is the Hero XMR . The name was recently trademarked by the company and the test mules on the road appears to be that of the upcoming offering. Today, that is almost confirmed as the Hero XMR is coming back. The Hero XMR will revive a full-faired cosmetics and offering performance related to this segment, if not more.
The fairing appears to be very sharp and futuristic in XMR and is likely to be positioned as a sport tourer upon arrival. It should have a better road presence than the Xtreme 200S too. Images show a large fairing that covers the engine, while the rearview mirrors are mounted on the fairing instead of the handlebar. The bike also gets low-set clip-on handlebars, LED turn indicators, possibly an LED headlamp and taillight and a stubby exhaust.
Hero XMR 210 with a newly-developed 210-250cc (or lower) engine displacement likely. The single-cylinder mill could be air and oil-cooled, while fuel injection will be given on the motorcycle. Expect power and torque between 20-25 PS and 20-25 Nm of torque respectively. An engine based on the Xtreme 200S that will deliver more on everything and will be compliant of E20 and BS6 Phase 2. he exact specifications should be available closer to the launch which should happen in the next two months.
Also, expect to see a digital instrument console with Bluetooth connectivity, telescopic front forks with a monoshock at the rear, and disc brakes on both ends. It needs to be seen if Hero offers dual-channel ABS or will stick to offering single-channel ABS to keep costs in check. What we see here could be a base variant as we know Hero R&D is working on USD forks, which could be seen on the Pro version of the XMR as well.
Hero in the 150-250cc space has been good, but not great. The Xtreme 160 was a formidable rival but its the ZMR that can literally shape the game and take things further for the brand. The XMR is a long time in the making, especially since the 2018 Auto Expo, we have heard this name and even seen concept versions with riding modes and etc. The new Hero XMR could shake up the segment, building on more than just nostalgia. Prices are likely to be around Rs 1.5-1.7 lakh (ex-showroom). The XMR will finally rival the Suzuki Gixxer SF 250, Bajaj Pulsar Pulsar 250F Pulsar RS200, KTM RC 200, Yamaha R15 V4, Honda CB300F and the Yamaha FZ 25. We can expect the XMR 160 to come in as well to take on the likes of the popular Suzuki Gixxer SF 150 and Honda CB200X.