Hero MotoCorp recently launched the new (and controversial) 2014 Karizma R and ZMR models as well as the latest Xtreme facelift, all of which are being promoted aggressively.
Now, in order to gain a stronghold in the premium 150cc market, Hero will be launching the new CBZ Xtreme Sports within the next five to six weeks according to Pawan Munjal as quoted by Economic Times. It would be a part of a three-motorcycle launch with the Passion Pro TR and Splendor Pro Classic being the other two.
Hero had launched the new (cosmetically-refreshed) Xtreme in April this year and the Sports version will have a slightly different styling and the same 150cc engine will have a more powerful tune – the peak power output would be 15.2 bhp as compared to the 14.2 bhp of the ‘regular’ Xtreme.
Just for your reference, Apache’s RTR 160 also makes 15.2 bhp and at the same 8,500 rpm too! Other changes would include an optional rear-disc (like in the Xtreme), side-stand indicator, new headlamp with LED position lights, new colors and possibly new graphics as well.
Expect Hero to charge a substantial premium over the Xtreme and price it keeping the new Yamaha FZ in mind primarily. Of course, we all know that the new FZ v2 lost some power while getting fuel-injected and that the previous one looked better but it still scores over the Xtreme in the looks department.
Plus, the new FZ’s better-than-earlier fuel efficiency, though still not in the league of a Honda mill, tilts the scales in the Yammy’s favor. That essentially means that Hero needs to play the pricing game very carefully with this motorcycle.
Apart from the Xtreme Sports, Hero MotoCorp also has at least two offerings to please the ‘enthusiast-commuters’. That’s the best (and most polite) term I could find for people who would be interested in buying the Passion Pro TR and cafe racer Splendor Pro Classic. The former is a motorcycle that seems to be a result of a brief and unsuccessful relationship between Hero’s Impulse and Passion Pro. The Passion Pro TR has already been uploaded at Hero’s official website (details here).
When Hero first unveiled the Splendor Pro Classic many on social networking sites thought of it as a spoof on RE’s Continental GT. Yes, it’s that 100cc (97.2cc to be precise) Café Racer by Hero MotoCorp. First, the new 2014 Karizmas, and now the Passion Pro TR and Pro Classic – I seriously wonder where did the designer of the first CBZ go?