Unveiled about a week before the 2014 Delhi Expo, and teased recently in a Hero Motoorp ad, the HX250R is a very important product for Hero MotoCorp’s survival in the performance bikes segment in India. Powered by a 249 cc 4 – stroke single cylinder DOHC liquid cooled engine, it generates 31 PS power and 26 Nm peak torque. Transmission is taken care by a 6 speed constant mesh gearbox while front suspension is in the form of Telescopic Hydraulic Shock Absorbers and rear is taken care by mono shock absorber.
Features on offer include front and rear disc brakes, twin halogen bulbs in the front, LED tail-light, lightweight at 139 kgs, ground clearance of 145 mm, fuel tank capacity of 12.9 liters, multi-sensor electronic fuel injection system, geodesic tubular frame, front and rear ABS (optional), 17 inch tubeless tyres (110/80 front ant 140/70 rear), under-seat exhaust and digital speedometer.
Said to be developed with inputs from Erik Buell Racing, new Hero HX250R will compete with the likes of Ninja 250, Honda CBR250R, KTM Duke 200/390, and yet to be launched Yamaha R25 and Honda CBR300R. Thanks to heavy localization, price of Hero HX250R is expected to be in the Rs 1.5 lakhs range. More information will be revealed once the bike is launched in November 2014.