The Karizma had been one of the most popular motorcycles from Hero MotoCorp, and it is now back on sale in the Indian market in an all-new guise. A traditional rival of the Bajaj Pulsar, the legendary Karizma has finally been brought back after the two-wheeler giant discontinued the motorcycle in February 2020 due to dwindling sales. The new model from the stable of Hero MotoCorp, which is christened the Karizma XMR 210, is the company's premium product in an updated avatar. The new model's updates include a new trellis steel frame, a fresh design, a more powerful engine, as well as a host of new features. It is almost completely new on all fronts. With these changes, the new Hero Karizma XMR 210 is available at an introductory price of Rs 1.73 lakh (ex-showroom). Launched in 2003 for Indian buyers, the original Hero Honda Karizma proved popular among motorcyclists at that time.
Hero Karizma XMR 210: Engine and Hardware
At the heart of the new bike is a 210cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine, which makes about 25bhp (25.5 PS) of maximum power at 9,250rpm and 20.4Nm of peak torque at 7,250rpm (highest in its class). On offer is a 6-speed gearbox unit, accompanied by a slip and assist clutch. In terms of hardware, the new Karizma XMR 210 features telescopic forks at the front and a 6-step adjustable mono-shock at the back. Braking hardware consists of a disc at both ends, supported by dual-channel ABS. The all-new motorcycle rolls on 17-inch alloy wheels.
Hero Karizma XMR 210: Design
The Hero MotoCorp's flagship motorcycle – the Hero Karizma XMR 210 – borrows design cues from the original Hero Honda Karizma, which was the product of the collaboration between Hero MotoCorp and Honda. Having a sporty and aggressive appearance, the new XMR 210 bike comes with fully-faired bodywork, with it sporting numerous sharp creases and lines. The front fascia of the bike includes a first-in-segment adjustable windshield, Class-D LED projector headlamps, a muscular fuel tank, lightweight clip-on handlebars, and a split-style seat setup. Other bits include an upswept tail section and an LED tail light. As for the colour palette, buyers can choose from 3 vibrant colour schemes – Iconic Yellow, Matte Phantom Black, and Turbo Red.
Hero Karizma XMR 210: Features
The Karizma XMR 210 packs in a host of nifty features for an improved riding experience. These include first-in-segment intelligent illumination, H-pattern LED DRLs, a USB charger, and an LCD instrument cluster with Bluetooth connectivity. In addition, a hazard light switch, turn-by-turn navigation, and dual-channel ABS are also available for enhanced rider convenience and safety.
Hero Karizma XMR 210: Pricing, Market Rivals
The new Hero Karizma XMR 210 – the third premium motorcycle from Hero MotoCorp – is now up for grabs in the country, at a price tag of Rs 1.73 lakh, ex-showroom. Bookings for the new bike open today at 2:10 PM.
In terms of market rivalry, the company's flagship motorcycle takes on popular models, such as the Bajaj Pulsar RS 200, the Suzuki Gixxer SF 250, and the Yamaha R15.