The Hero HX250R sports bike concept was first previewed at the 2016 Auto Expo.
Hero HX250R sports bike concept was equipped with a 249cc single cylinder liquid-cooled petrol engine
We first saw the Hero HX250R concept at the 2016 Delhi Auto Expo along with the Xtreme 200S and XF3R. While the HX250R was rumoured to be launched in 2018, the company is now reported to have shelved this sports bike for the Indian market. Talking to TOI, Dr Markus Braunsperger, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Hero MotoCorp and Head of Hero MotoSports has confirmed that the company will introduce a completely new and more advanced bike instead of the HX250R.
The company cited the diminishing 250cc bike segment and increasing demand for 300cc and larger displacement bikes for the decision to drop the HX250R launch plan. Therefore, it’s planning to enter into a new segment with an all-new product. In the 250cc bike segment, we have Honda CBR250, KTM RC200, Kawasaki Z250 and Bajaj Pulsar 220. Check Out – Upcoming Hero Bikes & Scooters at 2018 Auto Expo
Hero HX250R Picture Gallery
For people not in the known, the HX250R sportsbike was designed and engineered with Hero’s US-based technology collaborator Erik Buell Racing AVL and Engines Engineering. However, the US bike maker closed all its operations and filed for bankruptcy which led to delay in the launch of HX250R. And now, the home-grown bikemaker has completely dropped the HX250R sports bike plan for the Indian market. Instead, the company will bring in an all-new, advanced motorcycle in a different segment.
Markus clarified, “the 250cc segment, more or less has disappeared now and bikes have moved to 300cc and even larger displacements. He told this was one of the major reasons why Hero MotoCorp sat at this point. “It doesn’t make a wise decision to come up with a bike that in the end does not really hit the centre-of-gravity of the market where you are going enter as a new competitor in a new segment.” Read – Hero To Launch Premium Bike Showrooms For 150cc+ Bikes
“We at Hero MotoCorp don’t support just showcasing concepts but bringing products into mass production. It takes time to come up with something completely new, you can just predict a little bit. Within the next two years, we will come up with a lot of new models. You can expect news on the scooters, you can expect news on the commuters between 110cc and 150cc and even beyond. So, I think we will keep you guys from the media quite busy for, let’s say, next 12-18 months”, he added further.
|Engine||249cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled with DMFi|
The Hero HX250R concept, that was first showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo, was equipped with an all-new 249cc single cylinder liquid-cooled petrol engine benefited with the Dual Mode Fuel Injection (DMFi) system with two ECU maps for the dual-riding modes – ‘City’ and ‘Sports’. These modes (first-in-segment) aid to the overall performance and fuel efficiency of the bike. In terms of power and torque, this gasoline motor generates a maximum power output of 31bhp against a peak torque of 26Nm. It was paired to a 6-speed transmission with a multi-plated wet clutch.
|Acceleration (0-100kmph)||9 seconds|
The HX250R was claimed to mark 100kmph from standstill in 9 seconds, and 0-60kmph in 2.7 seconds. It offers a top speed of 160kmph.
This motorcycle was aimed to young enthusiasts looking for an affordable quarter-litre sportsbike. The 249cc single cylinder liquid-cooled engine of HX250R was expected to deliver a mileage around 30kmpl to 40kmpl.
Based on an all-new lightweight Geodesic Tubular platform, the Hero HX250R looks quite sporty and aggressive. The bike features a twin multi-reflector halogen headlamp, LED tail and stop lamp and LED light guide. Elements like raised fuel tank, red-colored engine and stylish under seat exhaust system further enhance its sporty appeal. It also gets a low saddle riding height and a digital instrument console. The HX250R comes fitted with 17-inch alloy wheels that are shod with 110/80R-17 front and 140/70R-17 rear Pirelli Sports Demon tyres.
The model showcased at Auto Expo was equipped with conventional telescopic fork up front and monoshock rear suspension system. For braking purpose, there were 300mm and 220mm front and rear disc brakes respectively. An optional ABS (anti-lock braking system) was also on offer.
This sportbike carries a kerb weight of 139kgs. Proportionally, the HX250R measures 2,085mm in length, 735mm in width and 1,145mm in height. It has a wheelbase of 1,370mm. While the ground clearance of 145mm helps the bike tackle rough Indian roads, the fuel tank capacity of 12.9-litre makes it go for long distance.