Hero Karizma launch date is out. Rejoice!
Okay, so this is the first official hints of the return of the Karizma brand in India. In a quick teaser, Hero has talked about a 2-wheeler that it will be launching on the 29th August 2023. This teaser comes with a tagline –
WITNESS THE RETURN OF THE LEGEND
Followed by the date and the venue that is Gurugram. The quick video also features a storm in the background.
Why is it the Karizma? It could be any Motorcycle?
Pay heed to the two terms – ‘Return’ and ‘Legend’. And then, that storm in the background (remember the old Karizma ad where Bollywood actor Hritik Roshan gets back his cap from a storm?). All of this is almost a direct confirmation that the upcoming motorcycle can not be anything other than the Karizma.
The Karizma, we know is under works. It has been revealed in on road spyshots, it has also been showcased to company’s dealers and Hero has also patented its design. Now, we finally have a date.
Karizma was Hero’s flagship motorcycle model and was a rage in its days – till the time competition picked up. Since the motorcycle and the technology was given by Honda, Hero could not update it on time. And once they had the opportunity to do so, in 2014, they did such a shoddy job that the brand must have lost some of its sheen, at least.
Nonetheless, offered in two variants, one semi faired and other full faired, Karizma was powered by a 223cc single cylinder engine that was known for its refinement and power in its days. It churned more than 19 PS of peak power and Hero claimed a pretty fast sprint on this one (0-60 in 3.6 seconds).
So far, from the glimpse that we have seen of the bike, it appears to be designed pretty well this time. But we hope that front is as aggressive as the rest of the body. And then, there are speculations that the new Karizma will come with a slightly bigger, and probably a new engine than than the current 200s – with more firepower – to suit the legacy of that name.
So, the legend is about to return. Will this mean more fun in the 200-250cc segment?