Hero Xpulse 200 has been doing fairly well among enthusiasts. Now, the homegrown manufacturer has launched a new version of the adventure motorcycle. It is called the Xpulse 200 4V and comes with cosmetic and mechanical upgrades. Hero has priced the new motorcycle at Rs. 1.28 lakhs ex-showroom.
The biggest change that Hero has made is the new 4 valve engine. These engines provide better airflow that means that the combustion happens more efficiently. They are also lighter and because there are smaller valves so the movement is less restricted. The 4 valve engines also produce fewer emissions when compared to 2 valve engines. More importantly, the engine is also able to produce more power because it can now rev to a higher rpm.
The Xpulse 4V produces 19.1 PS of max power @ at 8,500 rpm and peak torque of 17.35 Nm @ 6,500 rpm. It still comes mated to a 5-speed constant mesh transmission. When compared the Xpulse 200 produces 17.8 PS of max power and 16.45 Nm of peak torque. So, the new motorcycle delivers 6 percent more power and 5 percent more torque.
Hero has also worked on heat management. When BS6 emission norms kicked in Hero gave Xpulse an oil cooler. In fact, the BS6 version of the Xpulse was a significant improvement over the BS4 Xpulse. Now, the Xpulse 4V gets a 7 fin oil cooler to further improve the cooling of the engine. So, we can expect the engine to produce less heat in heavy traffic conditions.
Hero says that the power delivery in mid-range and top-end has been improved. Thanks to the engine, the motorcycle should feel more relaxed and calm at high speeds. It should now produce less vibrations also. So, the touring capabilities of the motorcycle has been improved.
Hero has upgraded the front LED headlamp of the Xpulse 4V. It is still a circular unit but it is now 21 percent brighter than the regular Xpulse. Hero has introduced three new colour options called Blitz Blue, Red Raid and Trail Blue. The Xpulse 200 4V gets different graphics and a 4Valve decal on the fuel tank. The Xpulse 200 came with a blacked-out engine whereas Xpulse 200 4V has a metallic engine.
It also comes with a full LCD digital instrument cluster that supports Bluetooth connectivity and navigation through your smartphone. There is a skid plate installed to protect the engine while trail riding or off-roading and it still has a very good ground clearance of 220 mm. The exhaust also has an upswept design.
Suspension and brakes
The motorcycle still uses the same tubular diamond frame. Suspension duties are done by telescopic front forks and a mono-shock at the rear. It comes with dual-purpose tyres. The front measures 90/90 with a 21-inch wheel while the rear one measures 120/80 and has an 18-inch wheel. Braking duties are done by a 276 mm petal disc in the front and a 220 petal disc at the rear. Hero offers a single channel anti-lock braking system as standard.
Hero continues to offer the Rally Kit which is road legal. The rally kit comes with a taller and flatter seat, handlebar risers, adjustable front and rear suspension, Maxxis off-road tyres, extended gear lever and a longer side stand. The ground clearance of the motorcycle is increased to 275 mm with the rally kit. It costs Rs. 46,000 and you can get it through Hero’s dealerships.