Hero’s position as the world’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer seems to be secure at this point, however, its performance in the domestic 150 cc segment has dropped to new lows and desperately needs an overhaul. Carrying the tag of the ‘lowest 150cc seller’, Hero is trying their next bet – the new more powerful Xtreme Sport.
After a lot of hide n seek and various reports, Hero has officially updated their site with Xtreme Sport’s details. The motorcycle was first showcased few days before the Auto Expo last year.
The single biggest difference we can notice is the increased torque output. During its first unveiling, Hero shared that the motorcycle will continue to churn out 12.8Nm of torque (same as the regular Xtreme), however, according to the official site, Xtreme Sport produces 13.5 Nm of impressive torque at 7000 rpm, which should go well with the 15.2bhp of power (1 bhp more than regular Xtreme) from the same 149.2cc engine.
There is however, no word on its pricing. On contacting a few dealerships in the national capital, we got to know that they are yet to receive deliveries of any stocks of the machine and neither have they been intimidated by the company about the price!
Click on the pic to read differences between regular Xtreme and Xtreme Sport
Pricing and placement is not going to be easy for Hero. The standard Xtreme anyway is an expensive offering and we do not get a comfortable feeling with the new more premium Xtreme Sport. To give you an idea, let’s have a look at the prices of regular Xtreme:
- Hero Xtreme (with front disc and rear drum brakes): Rs 71,825 (ex-showroom, Delhi); Rs 82,057 (on road, Delhi)
- Hero Xtreme (with front and rear disc brakes): Rs 74,925 (ex-showroom, Delhi); Rs 85,476 (on road, Delhi)
Unless Hero discontinues the top variant of regular Xtreme, it appears that the pricing of Xtreme Sport may just be around the Rs 90,000 (on road Delhi) mark which is precariously close to the Pulsar 220 territory (Rs 86,621 ex-Delhi).