Hero could offer a 4 valve set-up with the fully faired Xtreme 200S and urban tourer Xpulse 200T soon
Hero yesterday launched the Xpulse 200 with an updated 4 valve motor and the same updates could be offered in the other two 200cc bikes too. More power, higher torque and possibly higher fuel economy as well
Although Hero MotoCorp has three bikes in the 200cc category, most rivals end up offering better performance from a similar capacity motor. For instance while the Xtreme 200S makes 18 PS of power, the Pulsar RS200 offers 24.5 PS and the RTR 200 makes 20.8 PS. The Xtreme 200S, Xpulse 200 and Xpulse 200T use the same engine and with the Xpulse 200 having received a 4-valve set-up, it won’t be long before Hero offers the same changes to the other two 200cc offerings.
In the current state of tune and set-up, the Xtreme 200S and Xpulse 200T make 18 PS of power and 16.15 Nm of torque. However, these figures will get a hike to 19.1 PS and 17.35 Nm respectively. While these are less than 10% hikes, a 4-valve set up will also offer a crisper throttle response and (more) efficient burning of fuel. This in turn means that real life fuel economy might go up along with the bikes running cleaner (for the environment). Hero has not revealed anything officially but we expect the changes to roll out this year itself.
Like the 2021 Xpulse 200 (read our report), the Xtreme 200S and Xpulse 200T could also get new colour schemes and a minor hike in price. Currently, the 200S carries an ex-showroom price of Rs 1.27 lakh and Rs 1.20 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) respectively. Even post the hike, they will continue to offer great value for money.
While the Xtreme 200S is geared towards ’performance’ and a sporty appeal for the young at heart, the Xpulse 200T offers a relaxed riding posture and is more of an urban tourer, one that can also take the occasional weekend highway stint.