Hero MotoCorp at Auto Expo 2014
Hero MotoCorp came out all guns blazing at the Expo too with its array of concept vehicles
Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Pawan Munjal and yesteryears starlet, Perizaad Zorabian, were present to unveil the host of some futuristic (and outrageous) two-wheelers from Hero MotoCorp's stables.
First up was the the all-new 100cc Passion Pro TR (which had a bit of trouble getting on stage) that caters to the adventurous youth with its ability to take them off the conventional roads. The Passion Pro TR features on-off tyres, sturdier handlebars with cross brace, high front fender, front fender, headlight grill, hand guards for added protection, bash plate and fuel tank pads. That, and some new colours and graphics too.
Then came the 100cc ‘Splendor Pro Classic’ with its 100cc air-cooled, 4-stroke single-cylinder that producing 8.04Nm and its cafe racer styling, including the new handlebar, classic round headlight and tail light, cafe racer cowl, some chrome splashes on the fenders, blinkers, suspension cover and the round shape rear view mirrors. It looked like a poor man’s RE Continental GT.
What followed was the SimplEcity and the Hero iON hydrogen fuel-cell concepts, which, in essence, are lightweight urban electric motorcycles. With a removable, rechargeable battery packs and wheels that contain the rotor component of hubless electric traction motors that uses magnetic levitation technology that works on zero friction, a load of sensors and gyros, and even a dashboard that is delivered through the rider’s smart phone, by conveniently mounting the phone on the handlebars. With all this technology and zero emissions, you’re sure to get a big fat kiss from a GreenPeace member with one of these.
What showed last however, was the piece-de-resistance, in the form of the Hero Hastur. A 620cc, water-cooled parallel twin engine that delivers all of 79bhp @ 9600 rpm. With its streetfighter stance and the minimalistic bodywork strips, it looks to have emerged from the confines of hell to seek revenge on all that roams the Earth. It promises explosive power delivery too, with its compact powerplant that serves as a stressed member of the chassis for optimum mass centralisation which in turn means great handling and manoeuvrability.
Prior to the Expo, Hero had unveiled a range of two-wheelers on new platforms including the likes of the new 250-cc sports bike ‘HX250R’, the turbocharged direct-injection diesel concept bike ‘RNT’ , India’s first series hybrid scooter ‘LEAP’, the 110cc scooter ‘Dash’ and the 150cc Xtreme Sports on existing platforms – all of which were on display at the event.