It is rumoured that India’s largest two-wheeler maker by volume, Hero MotoCorp, is developing three new performance bikes for the next year. With inputs from Engines Engineering, an Italian design centre, Hero MotoCorp plans to revive the Karizma craze with new offerings.
The three bike that are reported under development are codenamed as AABA, AANF and AAZA. The AABA and AANF will ride on engines with cubic capacities between 150 – 160. One of the duo will take on the streets will fairing and bodywork while the other will be in a naked-streetfighter avatar. The AAZA will be powered by company’s old flagship 223cc single-cylinder engine or may roll out with an indigenously created 200cc powerplant.
With the development of the new performance line-up the all Indian bike manufacturer is preparing to go head on with the current segment dominators. The bikes codenamed as AABA, AANF and AAZA will go against the Apache from TVS, Bajaj’s whole Pulsar range, Honda’s new 160cc duo and many more would be on Hero MotoCorp’s hitlist. The bikes will be priced from INR 90,000 – INR 1.5lacs. The tech-mech details of the bikes are still unknown, and we still don’t know if the bike maker will announce or showcase anything from this line up at the upcoming 2016 AutoExpo.
In other confirmed news, Hero MotoCorp is all geared up to inaugurate their brand new, state-of-the-art Research and Development centre near Rajasthan’s state-capital, Jaipur on 14 January 2016. The centre will go by the name – Hero Centre of Global Innovation and Research and Design. The current R&D centres located at the Gurgaon and Dharuhera factories will shift base to the new facility. Over 400 skilled engineers and technicians will work towards the development of Hero MotoCorp’s future product line-up. The company has invested over INR 450 crores to develop and institute the Hero Centre of Global Innovation and Research and Design.