First announced in January 2014, the Hero Xtreme Sports is making the market wait impatiently. The bike will be on the premium end of the 150 cc machines and is now all set to receive promotional pump. The picture taken during an international shoot was leaked by Stuntech and since then has managed to create a lot of buzz in the motor world. This shoot leads us to believe that a real launch is long overdue and now customers would not have to wait much longer. Possibly the bike will officially be launched in the market sometime in the year 2015.
The Hero Xtreme Sports is a more powerful variant of the already existing Xtreme, the new bike also receives considerable cosmetic upgrades. Hero has made a host of external upgrades by adding a wider rear tyre, new handle bar, speedometer with side stand indicator, a split seat, new front and rear fenders. Although bike remains in the 150cc segment, it churns out a power of 15.2 Bhp which is more than the 14.2 Bhp of the existing model.
Furthermore for the Hero Xtreme Sports the headlamp assembly has been integrated with LED position lights while the rear rubbers are now wider. As for mechanical upgrades, the rear suspension now has a five-step adjustable Gas Reservoir System. The model will also get an option of a rear disc brake for improved stopping power.
Apart from that new Hero Xtreme Sports gets a newer set graphics, a set of ‘Sports’ logos on the fuel tank extensions, a snazier split seat, an under body cowl and a revised, sportier instrument console which is not surprising considering the strangeness of the layout on the Xtreme. The bike also has new and improved exhaust canister.
The Sports variant as mentioned before produces 15.2 BHP of power at 8500 RPM and 12.80 Nm of torque at 6500 RPM from a 150cc air-cooled, 4-stroke, single-cylinder engine, mated to a 5-speed constant mesh system. With regard to suspension the bike has a hydraulic telescope front suspension and a rear suspension that is 5 step adjustable. The breaking system is completed by disc brakes of 240 mm in the front and a 220 mm at the rear.
Hero is going to be much more competitive with the price of the new Sports variant than it was with the already existing Xtreme (Priced at 82,193 INR) with the rear disc variant. The new Sports is predicted to be priced at INR 87,000/- ex showroom in Delhi. It shall be interesting to see where Hero places this vehicle in the market and how it creates the buzz as it needs enough sales but also wishes to keep it’s product in the 150cc premium segment. The Xtreme Sports will compete with the Yamaha FZ which comes with fuel-injection, the Suzuki Gixxer and other bikes in the segment.