Regulars here would remember that we have been posting in great detail about the upcoming Hero Karizma ZMR 2013. The new ZMR, which sports an all new look and probably an all new engine, would soon make it to the ever-growing Indian performance bike market and would be competing against established rivals such as the Yamaha R15 V2.0 and Bajaj Pulsar 200NS.
The new ZMR will also be the first Hero product that will come to us with an engine developed with inputs from Eric Buell Racing.
Talking about the engine, Mr. Munjal has previously said, “There is a lot of innovation happening in our own R&D and we will bring it to the market through some of the products we will launch. We have applied for patents for those innovations. This is showcasing our capability. We will be launching the new Karizma variants which are redesigned and the engine made more powerful with our partner EBR. This is the first commercial production model in which they have played a big part in development.”
The upcoming ZMR 2013 sports an all new look and some more equipment.
As these images reveal, the ZMR 2013 will come with a twin projector headlamp setup. Also, it seems like the bike sports DRLs and would become the second Indian bike in 150cc-plus segment to boast of LEDs (the first being the Apache RTR).
The suspension and wheels, however, seem to have been carried over from the last gen model and this means that the bike continues to come with conventional gas charged twin rear shock absorbers, five spoke alloy wheels and disc brake assembly at front and rear.
The new ZMR 2013 comes with completely new body panels and looks very unlike the current model. The new ZMR seems to have looked at the EBR 1190RS for design inspiration. Similar to the EBR′s bike, the ZMR 2013′s fairing houses twin vertically stacked headlights and a large flyscreen. The ZMR’s fairing also sports rather large trafficators, which also house the DRLs. The new front fairing makes the bike look bigger, bulkier and brawnier than before.
The similarities between the new ZMR and the EBR 1190RS don’t end here. Even the taillamp and the rakish rear end of the ZMR seems to have taken design cues from the EBR 1190RS.
However, going by the public’s reaction to the styling of the new bike, the rear end and the front end of the new bike might not be to everyone’ s taste. Talking about our viewpoint, we do feel that the current bike looks a tad classier and more proportionate.
Engine specs are yet to be revealed but we reckon that the EBR connection would make the bike at least as powerful as the Pulsar flagship.
The new ZMR is expected to be launched early this month. Stay tuned to Motoroids for more details of the new 2013 Hero Karizma
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