Showcased at the 2014 Auto Expo as Hero HX250R, the same bike, which now inches closer towards production, is unveiled at the 2016 Auto Expo as Hero HX250. The fully-faired flagship version is all the more important to Hero since it has discontinued the Karizma twins owing to lack of demand.
The HX250R which was unveiled back in 2014 has been under development by Hero Motocorp’s erstwhile technical partner EBR (Erik Buell Racing) which is currently in a dismantled state (probably this could be the reason why Hero MotoCorp has dropped the R from HX250R’s name). Though, the Indian automaker has acquired EBR assets pertaining to its product development and this process is one of the main contributing factors to the delay in launch.
The bike is powered by a 249 cc single-cylinder air-cooled fuel-injected engine which produces an impressive 31 bhp and 26 Nm of torque. Transmission is via a 6-speed unit. Thanks to the light kerb weight of 136 kg, the latest Hero can dispatch 0-60 kmph sprint in 2.7 seconds.
The KTM RC 200 rival is equipped with regular telescopic front fork and a rear mono suspension. Braking is courtesy of a disc at each wheel, governed by dual-channel ABS. The sportsbike comes equipped with upmarket Pirelli Sport Demon tyres.
Feature highlights include twin projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights, LED taillight, digital speedometer, two riding modes – City and Sport, clip-on bars and split seats.
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The Hero HX250 is expected to go on sale in the coming months, probably during the festive season, with an estimated price of around INR 1.5 lakhs (ex-showroom).