The new Hero Xtreme 160R has a claimed top speed of 115km/h and can accelerate from 0-60km/h in 4.7 seconds
Hero MotoCorp stayed away from an appearance at the 2020 Auto Expo held earlier this year but it did have several launches at their very own media event called Hero World 2020. The new Hero Glamour BS6, Hero Passion Pro BS6 and Hero XPulse 200 Rally Kit were launched at this event while the Hero Xtreme 160R was just unveiled to the public.
Set for a launch sometime in April 2020, the company website has now listed the Hero Xtreme 160R along with the regular portfolio. The Xtreme 160R is the brand’s focused approach to a proper sports commuter motorcycle. Competing in the 160-200cc segment in India, it is easily one of the best-looking products in its class. The motorcycle sports complete LED headlamps and smoked-out LED tail lamps along with LED turn indicators.
Other features include a short visor, high rising tail segment and uniquely designed fuel tank with integrated side body panels. The motorcycle gets side stand engine cut-off, digital instrument console and hazard lights along with integrated engine kill and start switch (which is still a highlight for a Hero product in this age). The Xtreme 160R rides on 17-inch five-spoke alloy wheels fitted with 110mm and 130mm tubeless tyres at the front and rear, respectively.
Coming to the engine specifications on the new Hero Xtreme 160R, the motorcycle gets a BS6 160cc single-cylinder FI SOHC (Single Overhead Cam) engine that offers 15bhp of peak power at 8,500rpm and 14Nm of torque at 6,500rpm. The gearbox is a 5-speed unit. Put together, the motorcycle can sprint from 0 to 60kmph in 4.7 seconds before reaching a claimed top speed of 115km/h.
Suspension duties are carried out by Showa 37mm conventional telescopic forks at the front and a 7-step adjustable monoshock at the rear. Braking components include a 276mm petal disc at the front and 220mm petal disc at the rear, with single-channel ABS as standard. The Hero Xtreme 160R, with a total kerb weight of 138.5kg, is the lightest in the 160cc sports commuter segment.
The Hero Xtreme 160R could have a starting price within a range of Rs 90,000-95,000 ex-showroom. The segment is currently dominated by the likes of the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V Bajaj Pulsar NS160, Honda CB Hornet 160R, Suzuki Gixxer and Yamaha FZ-Fi. However, once the Hero Xtreme 160R is launched, the motorcycle could give these models some serious competition.