Hero MotoCorp will launch the Xtreme 200S, a new flagship bike, in February 2018, just ahead of the Auto Expo. A picture of the production-sped bike has leaked, and this shows the tank, most of the styling, engine and cycle parts of the bike. The bike will be the most expensive two wheeler from Hero MotoCorp at the time of launch. This status won’t last long, as Hero has plans to launch the XPulse 200 on-off road bike by the middle of next year.
The Xtreme 200S will feature a 200cc, air cooled four stroke engine. 18 Bhp of peak power and 17 Nm of peak torque is likely. A five speed manual gearbox will be standard, and Hero will offer hydraulic disc brakes on both wheels. ABS is also likely to be offered. The bike will feature telescopic front forks and a monoshock rear shock absorber as suspension components. It is likely to retain a carburetor to keep costs low.
Hero is expected to price the bike at about Rs. 90,000. The new Hero bike will take on the Suzuki Gixxer 150, the TVS Apache RTR 180 and the Bajaj Pulsar 220 in terms of pricing. It will have a long, twin seat that gets a sculpted look for sporty appeal. The production bike looks more or less like the concept version, but with different graphics and a slightly different paint job.
The Xtreme 200S will be the first of the two, 200cc bikes that the brand will launch in India next year. The next will be the XPulse 200 on-off road bike. The XPulse will share its engine and gearbox with the Xtreme but will get suspension components that offer much longer travel. This is to enable the XPulse to work well off the road. The XPulse is expected to have a price tag less than Rs. 1 lakh.