Hero showed off the all-new Xtreme 160R at its February Hero World event and initially expected to kick off the machine before the end of March. For understandable purposes, those preparations were postponed by a couple of months and the manufacturer has just confirmed that deliveries of the latest 160cc bike have started.
The Hero Xtreme 160R is the first model of the Indian company in the luxury 160cc category and expected to take on the likes of the TVS RTR 160 4V (starting at Rs 1,02,950), the Suzuki Gixxer (Rs 1,11,900), the Yamaha FZ V3.0 (Rs 99,700) and the new BS6 motorcycles from Honda.
The Xtreme 160R uses a relatively simple, air-cooled 163cc, two-valve engine, but Hero quotes a healthy 15hp at 8,500rpm and a torque of 14Nm at 6,500rpm. The bike is having a freshly built diamond frame which has helped the business achieve the lowest kerb weight statistic in the 138.5 kg range. Hero reports a segment-leading 4.7s period of 0-60 kph. We had a very brief opportunity at CIT facility outside Jaipur to push the latest Xtreme along Hero ‘s test circuit, and it promises to be an enjoyably swift and agile vehicle.
The Hero Xtreme 160R is offered in two models-the consumer can pick between either a rear drum or disk brake. The rear-drum model is priced at Rs 99,950, while the rear-disk variant costs Rs 1,03,500 (pan-India, ex-showroom). For all single channel ABS is normal. Hero also says it comes with segment-first features such as all-LED headlights (including indicators) and a cut-off button for the side-stand motor.
The Xtreme 160R is Hero’s first naked motorcycle to display young, sporty style in a long time. The bike comes in three colours.