It has been delayed but Xtreme 200S launch date has probably been revealed by the company.

After the two stroke era which was led by Yamaha, it was Hero which gave us the taste of first blood in the form of CBZ and then Karizma – both of which can easily be termed as icons of performance motorcycling in India! However, the company could not capitalise on that and the scenario after 10-15 years tells us the complete story – Hero MotoCorp was the lowest seller in the 200 cc segment (when Karizmas were present) and is NOT doing well in the 150 cc segment as well.

A recknoner of how bad things have gone – before they discontinued many models, a lot of their products were vying for the top spot in lowest sales in 150 ccs.

Post the break-up with Honda, Hero (MotoCorp) gained a new name and inked collaborations with Eric Buell Racing and others. Their Auto Expo 2014 concept models like HX250R, Hastur, turbocharged diesel TNT etc blew everybody away but sadly things have so far failed to reach anywhere close to production.

The only officially confirmed close-to-production motorcycle in the 200 cc space is the Xtreme 200S which was unveiled at the 2016 Auto Expo. Closer to its introduction, Gaadiwaadi has shared what is claimed to be the leaked pic of the production motorcycle.

We can notice that it carries ‘Xtreme’ branding and almost all the panels of the concept motorcycle pictured on this page. The colour theme is now relatively muted and the alloy wheels are black-painted.

Finally, a nice view of the motorcycle...
Finally, a nice view of the motorcycle…

Xtreme 200S Launch

At the Auto Expo press conference, Hero officially announced that Xtreme 200S will be launched sometime ‘next year’ (ie in 2017). Company’s CTO (Chief Technology Officer) Marcus Braunsperger added “for sure before the next Auto Expo (which is in Feb 2018)“.

In a latest update, Hero has shared invites for an event scheduled on the 30th January which is touted to be nothing but the official launch of the Xtreme 200. They have also showcased a new adventure motorcycle XPulse which is expected to be based on the similar platform and Hero has already hinted of taking it to production.


Also Read: Hero Plans to Replicate Bajaj’s Decade Old Idea Now…

Let us take a quick preview at what the motorcycle has on offer…

Xtreme 200S: Preview – 10 Quick Key Pointers

  1. Xtreme 200S, when launched, will become the flagship ‘Xtreme’ in the lineup (now that it gets clearer that ‘Xtreme’ name will be carried over). Hero has discontinued the 150 cc Xtreme but still sells the Xtreme Sports.
  2. It will be their biggest motorcycle in the lineup after they discontinued the Karizma twins.
  3. Xtreme 200S concept is powered by a 200 cc air-cooled, single cylinder, carburetted engine which churns out 18.6 PS of peak power and 17.2 Nm of maximum torque.
  4. This is an all-new indigenous engine developed by Hero and the third one they have unleashed till now for motorcycles. The other two are – the 110 cc engine of Splendor iSmart 110 and the now shelved HX250.
  5. When compared with Xtreme Sports, there is a marginal 3 odd bhp power increase but a near 5 Nm of torque increment.
  6. When we talk about performance, Hero claims a top speed of 120 kmph for the 200S as compared to 107 kmph of Xtreme Sports.
  7. However, when we take the segment as a whole, the Xtreme 200S fails to make a very solid impression, at least in terms of on-paper specs. Among 200 ccs, it churns out the lowest power output, least torque and has the lowest (claimed) top speed! You can check out out Top Speed Comparison of 200cc Motorcycles here.
  8. Transmission duties are administered by a 5 speed manual gearbox. Most of the other motorcycles in this segment sport 6-speed gearboxes.
  9. In terms of features it gets a rear mono-suspension, rear disc brake, diamond type chassis and LED lights.
  10. But the most important bit – Hero has officially announced that Xtreme 200S will come with ABS
  11. The showcased motorcycle was a production-ready product at least from the looks of it. But it appears that the testing of the engine is left which is why Hero is taking so long to officially launch it here.

Followed by this pictorial view of Xtreme 200S is the 15 pic gallery of the motorcycle.


Xtreme 200S Preview – Pictorial:

Side view of the motorcycle. Alloy wheels are dual-coloured
Side view of the motorcycle. 10-spoke Alloy wheels are dual-coloured and frankly they do NOT gel!
So, is the seat. Pic demonstrates the muscles/contours of the motorcycles.
So, is the seat. Pic demonstrates the muscles/contours of the motorcycles.
Here is the indigenious engine - Hero's third for motorcycles. Also notice the engine cowl in bright red
Here is the indigenious engine – Hero’s third for motorcycles. Also notice the engine cowl in bright red
The front tyre is 80/100 section and the rear gets 110/80 - both 17 inchers, both MRF Zappers and both segment thinnest.
The front tyre is 80/100 and the rear gets 110/80 – both 17 inchers, both MRF Zappers and both segment thinnest.
Front tank extensions could have been pointed/or more aggressive. However, they do get whacky graphics
Front tank extensions could have been pointed/or more aggressive. However, they do get wacky graphics
From the front the motorcycle reminds us of Hero's regular 150s but this one has got broader shoulders
From the front the motorcycle reminds us of Hero’s regular 150s but this one has got broader shoulders
The headlamp is typical Xtreme-like. We are not sure if we like that design.
The headlamp is typical Xtreme-like. We are not sure if we like that design.
The ABS ring on the front wheel.
The ABS ring on the front wheel. Also notice the white pinstripe on the alloy wheel
Even the rear mudguard is red in colour.
Even the rear mudguard is red in colour.
Finally, a nice view of the motorcycle...
Finally, a nice view of the motorcycle…



Xtreme 200S Price Analysis:

Karizma range started from Rs 85,000 whereas the cheapest 200 cc motorcycle on sale is the Apache 200 Carb (Rs 93,205). The current Xtreme Sports (rear disc brake) has a tag of Rs 80,369. Based on these figures and the specs announced by Hero, we believe Xtreme 200S should start at around Rs 87,000- 88,000 for the non-ABS version. The ABS version can be placed at a premium of about Rs 10,000-15,000 (not clear if it is a single channel unit or a proper double-channel system) over this price.

Xtreme 200S launch
Rendering of Xtreme 200S minus some standard parts by our reader. Click pic to read more…

This way Hero can project it as an evolved and more powerful Xtreme (commuter) rather than a competition against the 23 BHP Pulsars or even the very agile Apache.

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  • Bharath Kumar

    Guys is it only for me the bike’s tank and seat looks like Hunk. I guess they have re-used hunks body.

  • fastakube

    It will be better if Hero don’t launch this

  • Vinny

    As it is clear this bike is hopeless. I like the specs part. I am not in to speed or high reving bikes. The design is overtly done. The seats are OK. I think i may consider buying this one if they priced it right.

  • sh4m4n

    6 days into 2017 and it looks like we already have a contender for the ugliest bike of the year award. One should also wear a purple shirt, orange pants and green shoes to complete the Govinda look while riding this.

    • GK

      ROFL. 😛 😛 😛 😛

  • Reeto

    Too under-powered, Hero needs to increase the top speed of this bike as well

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  • retipser jay

    To sum it up in one hyphenated word — “epic-fail”

  • Rival

    2018!! Then Hero shud put some serious Technology into it. And shud also make it more powerful or it will b Dead on arrival as ppl r predicting now..

  • Rival
    • Bharath Kumar

      Looks good bro.

  • Rathish Smith

    tank looks ugly and no modern design language

  • Arun

    RIP Hero

  • retipser jay

    everything is hunky and now we have the dory.
    This news is published in such a way as if NOKO launched ICBM already. stop it.

  • Arjit Agarwal

    Hero after ” Hero + Honda ” Breakup, Hero is fckd up, Quality is to low, and the most important is the availabilty of spare parts for 150 ccc + bikes , is a great problem, it get atleast 4 to 6 months for hero to get any spares for my Hero impulse, How the hel can anybody buy a hero bike, may i am the mmad and can buy 200 cc impulse, if it really outruns my 150 cc impulse, and if i really need the 200cc performance, than for sure i will get her , but considering the spares availibity, I doubt , I will !!!!

  • Sarath Babu

    World’s Fugliest bike award goes to ………………………………………..

  • Joe Somanath Bangalore V

    Hero is just want to launch a rival against TVS apache 200
    but they not intend to produce more numbers