The Hero Passion Plus has made a comeback in its 2023 avatar, three years after it was discontinued due to the BS6 norms. The motorcycle carries the updated drivetrain with OBD-2 (onboard diagnostics) technology and is compatible with E20 fuel, a blend of 20 per cent ethanol and 80 per cent petrol. However, the commuter bike comes powered by the same 97.2cc single-cylinder air-cooled mill that cranks out 7.9bhp of maximum power output at 8,000rpm and 8.05Nm of peak torque at 6,000rpm, making it the fifth product in Hero's line-up to get the long-standing air-cooled 'Sloper' motor. The gearbox is a 4-speed unit.
In addition, the 2023 Hero Passion Plus also comes with Hero's i3s start/stop technology. With these upgrades, the latest iteration demands Rs 76,301 (ex-showroom).
2023 Hero Passion Plus: Hardware
The 2023 Hero Passion Plus is equipped with the same hardware as before. In terms of suspension, the bike uses telescopic forks at the front and twin shock absorbers at the rear, while the braking responsibilities are carried out by 130mm drum brakes at both ends.
The new bike sits on 18-inch cast alloy wheels shod with 80/100 front and rear tubeless tyres. At a kerb weight of 115 kilograms, the Passion Plus from the house of Hero MotoCorp is said to be the heaviest bike in its segment. It has a fuel storage capacity of about 11 litres.
2023 Hero Passion Plus: Styling
Style-wise, the new Passion Plus is similar to its predecessor. But the company has given a subtle refresh to the 2023 bike's headlight cowl, grab rail, and tail lamp. Aside from that, the new motorcycle gets the same single-piece seat, handlebars, mirrors, etc. Three paint options are offered with the 2023 Hero Passion Plus – Sports Red, Black Nexus Blue, and Black Heavy Grey.
2023 Hero Passion Plus: Dimensions
Dimensionally, the Passion Plus measures 1,982mm in length, 1,087mm in height, and 770mm in width. It has a seat height of 790mm and a ground clearance of 168mm.
2023 Hero Passion Plus: Features
On the feature front, the Hero Passion Plus is a no-frills bare-bones motorcycle. It features a side stand cut-off, a semi-digital instrument console, a USB charging port, standard i3s tech, and bulb lighting throughout.
2023 Hero Passion Plus: Price, Rivals
The new Passion Plus is priced at around Rs 76,301 (ex-showroom) in the Indian market. At this price, the Passion Plus is the most expensive bike in the 100cc category and is slightly more expensive than the Splendor Plus, which retails at Rs 72,076 (ex-showroom). In terms of rivalry, the Passion Plus locks horns with the likes of the Honda Shine and Bajaj Platina.