Hero MotoCorp for a long time only offered the Karizma ZMR as the only fully-faired bike in the Indian market. But that now changed with the launch of Hero Xtreme 200S, which is based on the Hero Xtreme 200R naked bike. The sporty looking bike is the fully-faired version of the Xtreme 200R and is priced at Rs 98,500. The Hero Xtreme 200R, which is the naked version of the bike is priced at Rs 90,900, ex-showroom, which makes the fully-faired version around Rs 8000 more expensive.
The Hero Xtreme 200S gets quite a few first-in-segment features. It gets an aerodynamic fairing that looks quite aggressive and attractive. The feature list includes Bluetooth connectivity-enables instrument cluster, full LED headlamp and tail lamp setup, anti-slip seats and a fully digital instrument cluster. The fully digital instrument can be connected to the smartphone and the display can show turn-by-turn navigation, gear position indicator, trip meter, service reminder, caller information and message alerts. This is the first bike in the segment to offer such features.
The Hero Xtreme 200S gets powered by the same 200cc, the air-cooled, single-cylinder carbureted engine that powers the naked version of the bike too. It generates a maximum power of 18.4 PS and peak torque fo 17.1 Nm. It gets a five-speed transmission. Hero has not revealed the fuel efficiency of the bike but is expected to remain similar to the naked version of the bike.
The bike is also equipped with a 7-speed adjustable mono shock suspension at the rear. Both the wheels get disc brake. There is a 276mm disc brake at the rear and a 220mm disc brake mounted at the front of the bike. The single-channel ABS is standard.
The Hero Xtreme 200S will be sold alongside the Hero Karizma ZMR in the market. The Karizma ZMR is powered by a 223cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine that produces a maximum power of 20 PS and 19.7 Nm of peak torque. The Karizma ZMR is priced at Rs 1.08 lakh, ex-showroom but does not get features like LED headlamps or the fully-digital instrument cluster that are available with the Hero Xtreme 200S. The sales figure posted by the Karizma ZMR is not impressive either and it is expected that the newly launched Xtreme 200S will replace the ageing ZMR from the market in the coming times.
It should be noted that Hero offers a fuel-injected version of the same engine with the newly launched XPulse in India. The carburetted engine available with the Xtreme 200R, Xtreme 200R and XPulse 200T will be discontinued when the BS-VI emission norms come into effect. The new emission standards will come into effect next year in April and it will force a lot of changes in the market.