The 110cc motor! The Passion Pro gets its power from this new 110cc single-cylinder air-cooled motor that was first introduced in the Splendor 110 iSmart. This engine churns out 9.4bhp at 7500rpm and peak torque of 9Nm at 5500rpm and is mated to a four-speed gearbox. Just like most of the mass market Hero products, the 2018 Passion Pro too benefits from the fuel saving i3S (idle start-stop system). Hero claims that this new bike offers 12 per cent more power and torque over its predecessors. The bike can do 0-60kmph in 7.65 seconds. Interestingly, Hero MotoCorp didn’t have a fuel efficiency figure to tell the media which makes us believe that the final fuel tests are yet to be concluded.
In terms of design, the Gurgaon-based manufacturer has put in some efforts to make it look little more appealing. During a research, the Indian buyers said that the old Passion Pro was looking skinny and didn’t have the right road presence. So Hero has tried to fix it by giving it slightly bigger body components. So the fuel tank is larger, so is the headlamp unit. The side panels have got revised styling too. The overall design language hasn’t been touched as it is widely accepted. But the company did experiment it with new paint schemes and decals.
Hero hasn’t done anything to its instrument cluster. It’s still the same part digital-analogue unit that does a decent job of showing ride data. The braking duties is taken care of by a disc brake in the front and drum brake at the rear. At the time of launch, there will be a drum brake variant as well which will be Rs 1500 to Rs 2000 cheaper than the disc brake model. The suspension has been borrowed from the older Passion, telescopic in the front and dual shock absorbers at the rear. For the first time, Hero has provided space under the seat for optional mobile charger.