The Hero Xtreme Sports has been launched in India at Rs 72,625 (ex-showroom Delhi). While the Xtreme Sports is based on the standard Xtreme’s platform, it gets several aesthetic and technical upgrades to make it capable of rivalling the other premium 150cc commuter motorcycles like the Suzuki Gixxer, Honda CB Unicorn 160 and the Yamaha FZ Version 2.0.
The biggest cosmetic upgrades on the Xtreme Sports include the new ‘wolf eye’ headlamp unit, redesigned tank and side panels and a new cowl beneath the engine. It has also been equipped with a wider rear tubeless tyre, a new handle bar, split seats and revised front and rear fenders. In true Hero fashion, the Xtreme Sports also gets a host of new colour options and decals.
For once, the changes are more than just skin deep. While the Xtreme Sports is powered by the same 149.2cc used in the standard Xtreme, the power has been increased from 14.2bhp to 15.2bhp and the torque has been bumped up from 12.8Nm to 13.5Nm. The air-cooled single-cylinder engine continues to employ the same five-speed constant mesh transmission.
The premium 150cc motorcycles are targeted at young customers looking for a stylish yet efficient motorcycle for their daily commute, and Yamaha has so far managed to grab the biggest bite of this lucrative segment, with its FZ-S. With the Xtreme Sports, Hero MotoCorp will try to make a dent in this premium 150cc segment, which has seen a very rapid growth in the past few years.
The Xtreme Sports is available in two variants, one with rear drum brake and the other with rear disc brake, with the latter being priced at Rs 75,725 (ex-showroom Delhi). It is offered in five paint schemes – panther black, mercuric silver, fiery red, pyro orange and black/red.