When the Hero Xtreme 160R was first showcased as a concept back in 2019 at EICMA as a 1R, we never expected the production model to be close. However, Hero truly surprised us all by showing their capability as an individual manufacturer. Nevertheless, in this blog, we will be discussing the wild Hero Xtreme 160R and most probably about its wildness.
Now the prime reason for the wildness of this motorcycle is its performance. The bike comes with a 163 cc single-cylinder, fuel-injected, air-cooled engine. It produces around 15 bhp max power and 14 Nm of peak torque. The engine comes mated with a 5-speed gearbox. The power figures aren’t very special as its pretty common number in the segment but what’s unusual is its power to weight ratio. The Hero Xtreme 160R just weights 138 kgs making it the lightest bike in the segment. The claimed 0-60 km/hr acceleration is at 4.7 sec which is similar to the BS4 TVS Apache RTR 160 4V. So we can now hope for the new drag king in the segment. However, the BS6 Bajaj Pulsar NS 160 has also been updated with a more powerful engine, it will be interesting to compare the performance between the two.
The second major reason for its wildness is for sure the design. As said earlier, Hero has displayed us more than our expectations. HeroMotor Corp has really nailed the design this time. Its the first bike in the segment that offers all-LED units whether its headlamp, taillamp or indicators. The fairing of the tank very nicely travels from the tank and then also plays the role of the side panels. Due to this, the design of the bike looks very clean indeed. Further to enhance the cleaner look, the bike also comes with integrated pillion grab handle which quite nicely hides in the rear panel. The side profile of the bike looks pretty futuristic and clean. Also, the smoked-out tail lamps give it a nice touch.
The features of the bike are pretty upmarket and competitive. It comes with the fully-digital negative display instrument cluster, side stand engine inhibitor, petal-discs, single-channel ABS, 7-step adjustable rear mono-shock, etc. So, it’s a feature-loaded bike and you won’t complain about the lack of features.
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With a splendid performance and design, we are still expecting the price really competitive. We are expecting the pricing of around Rs 95,000 – 1 lakh (ex-showroom). The launch is expected soon after the lockdown lifts. It competes against Suzuki Gixxer, TVS Apache RTR 160 4V, Honda Hornet and Bajaj Pulsar NS 160.