Hero MotoCorp recently launched a wide array of products, in BS6 guise, for our market. While the launch date was deemed as March-end for the Xtreme 160R, Hero did showcase the motorcycle to us. Honestly, this is the first time that I am liking a Hero product. Well, of course, the Xpulse twins as well as the CBZ are all-time favourites, it is only recently that Hero could get their design right. The Hero Xtreme 160R is what we are going to elaborate on today in this first look review.
Design of Hero Xtreme 160R
Usually, that’s the starting point for any review, isn’t it? This time around, Hero seems to have fired its insipid designers and instead got in someone new. While Hero isn’t confirming that, one look at the Xtreme 160R will confirm it. The headlight is a full LED unit that also has DRLs and seems more like a robo face. At the same time, there are also the LED blinkers. The tank too is a chunky unit and has good knee recess too. Moving to the rear, one can see the smoked effect for the lights (LED). A radial fat tyre as well as a chunky exhaust round off the design. It is noteworthy that this entire combination isn’t shared with any other Hero product, from the past or present.
Features of the Xtreme 160R
We spoke about the LED lights all around and there is the spindly 10-spoke alloy wheels on offer. Moreover, the instrument console is all-digital and is done in a negative-type tone. It houses a variety of things like the twin trip meters, fuel injection indicator, ABS light, rpm, odometer, side stand indicator cum inhibitor as well as the usual tell tale lights. There is single channel ABS on offer and one can buy this motorcycle with an optional rear disc. The seat is a single piece unit though the pillion gets a stepped throne. Speaking of which, the grab handles are integrated into the body work to make for a sporty demeanour. However, if it will aid utility in the long run or not, is debatable.
Engine of the Hero Xtreme 160R
This is an all-new engine though on a limb we will say that it is a bored out version of the previous 150cc unit. The air-cooled, single cylinder motor puts out 15PS of power while the torque is 14Nm. This translates to a 0-60kmph time of 4.7 seconds while the top speed hasn’t been spoken about. The engine is mated to a 5-speed gearbox (Hero still doesn’t think a 6-speed gearbox is needed). Ride reports suggest that this BS-VI engine is extremely smooth and at the same time is torquey too – Hero engineers targeted a flat curve. This in turn means that the motorcycle should be a street weapon.
The Hero Xtreme 160R, as per reports, is built on a fun chassis. This makes the motorcycle extremely agile and at the same time should also have good bump absorption capabilities – telescopic front forks and 7-step adjustable monoshock. Knowing Hero’s pricing strategy from recent times, the Xtreme 160 should be priced very competitively. The Hero Xtreme 160R price in India could be around the Rs 88,000 mark, exactly where the BS-IV 200R is right now. This should significantly undercut the new TVS Apache RTR 160 as well as the Suzuki Gixxer 150 – it’s two main competitors.