The hero will soon reintroduce its iconic Hero, Karizma, with a new engine
The original Karizma, during its launch, prove to be a game-changer in the Indian market with its stylish design and powerful engine. It was also known for its comfortable riding position and long-distance touring capabilities, making it a popular choice among enthusiasts. However, Hero fail to keep up with the changing market trends and failed to introduce significant updates to the bike. As a result, its later models failed to create the same impact as the original Karizma.
Hero is planning to reintroduce the Karizma moniker with the XMR suffix and an all-new engine. It is expected that it will be a sporty motorcycle positioning above the Xtreme 200R in Hero's lineup. The company has not yet revealed much about the new Karizma. Still, it is anticipated to be equipped with modern features such as LED lighting, a digital instrument cluster, and possibly even a ride-by-wire throttle.
The new engine is also expected to be more powerful and refined than the previous versions of the Karizma. The fully faired bike was spotted during testing in Ladakh, but there is no official confirmation from Hero about its engine and specifications.
Hero Karizma XMR 210 seem to power a 210 cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine with a maximum power output of 25 PS and a peak torque of 30 Nm. The engine is attached to a 6-speed gearbox with a slipper clutch. It also seems to use a brand-new liquid-cooled engine with a displacement of around 200 cc, similar to Bajaj/KTM's 200 range. The new engine is can be powerful enough for a sport-touring bike, but how it will compare to other bikes in the segment remains to be seen.
The Karizma XMR can possess a number of new features and updates. In addition to the new liquid-cooled engine, it can have a wider LED headlight, new LED indicators and a taillight. It can also have a comfortable, sporty riding position with high-set clip-on handlebars and rear-set footpegs. The bike will also feature wide tyres and petal disc brakes for strong braking and nimble handling. A fully digital console is also expected, similar to the one on the Xtreme 160R, but possibly with Bluetooth connectivity and turn-by-turn navigation.
Karizma XMR 210 may be released sometime between July and August 2023. Hero is known for their affordable pricing, so the bike's ex-showroom price will be around Rs 1.75 lakh, making it an appealing option in the supersport category. It's important to keep in mind that this information is speculative, so the final launch date and price may differ.
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