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Exclusive – Hero Honda To Launch All New Karizma 250R


Karizma 250R will be based on this Lamborghini Concept


Hero Honda will launch all new Karizma in 2011, which will have an all new design ground up. The world’s largest automaker plans to get aggressive in the 250cc segment, which has started to see alot of action of late. The new Karizma will have an all new chassis, a more uniform and sporty design and will be powered by Honda’s 250cc motor producing 27hp of power and 22Nm of torque. The Hero Honda Karizma 250R is being tuned for more high end power than low end grunt and will be priced below Rs. 1.2 lakhs (ex-showroom). The company will adapt its umbrella branding strategy and has signed up international brand consultancy firm Wolff Olins for the same. The Karizma 250R will also be exported to other countries as the company looks to form a strong base in other markets post its split with Honda.

The all new Karizma will also feature a segment first. The company is testing a new technology known as HERS (Hero Energy Regenerative System), which will charge an electric motor on braking. A user will get a power boost of upto 10 seconds by pushing the HERS button located besides the horn, helping the bike become a riders delight in terms of performance and outright acceleration. Post the launch of the Karizma 250R, Hero Honda will discontinue the Karizma R, whose availability has already been reduced. The company has also realised the importance of further building the Karizma brand to take on the Kawasaki Ninja and Honda CBR250R and has thus started heavily promoting the Karizma ZMR during the world cup. At approximately Rs. 25,000/- premium over the Karizma ZMR (which retails at Rs. 91,000 ex-showroom), Hero Honda indeed has a winner in the Karizma 250R.

“We still have 7 more engines to be procured from Honda Japan, as per our technical contract which runs till 2014. One of them is the 250cc engine which was recently launched in the CBR250R. We will be using the 250cc motor in the upcoming all new Karizma, which will take the market by storm, owing to its high power, value for money and new design, sharing nothing with the current Karizma R and ZMR. We are also testing a new power boost technology on the bike and are very excited to commercially launch it,” a person from Hero Honda’s powertrain department has revealed to Motorbeam on the request of anonymity. “Ranbir Kapoor will be the brand ambassador for the upcoming Karizma 250, which will be the first vehicle we will promote without the Hero Honda brand name,” he added.

2011 Hero Honda Karizma 250R Details : -

  • Launch – October 2011
  • Price – Rs. 1,28,000/- (on-road, New Delhi) estimated
  • Power – 27hp @ 11,000Rpm, 22Nm @ 6000Rpm
  • Mileage – 30kmpl
  • Tank Capacity – 14 liters
  • Brakes – 300mm petal discs (front), 250 discs (rear), ABS
  • Suspension – Mono Shocks, iGRS
  • Tyres – 110 section (Front), 140 section (Rear)
  • Features – Digital Instrumentation (Analog Tachometer), Built in GPS, Dual projector headlights,
  • Performance – 0 – 100kmph in 6 seconds, 4.5 seconds with HERS enabled, top speed of 180kmph

Update - We have added an exclusive audio transcript with Hero Honda, listen to the Karizma 250R Interview

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  • robin yates

    a road bike with regenerative assist, wow!, very impressive, good to know that technology keeps marching on and thanks for sending me this article

  • Har

    Its april 1 today. So this is probably a april fools joke!!

  • pran

    ya think so har….

  • AJ

    All these features & 1.28 lakhs… IMPOSSIBLE…

  • Anant

    wish it really cums out sumday..wud b gr888888888..
    man..u shudnt b fooling ppl so lucratively :P such a tempting newssss..

  • neel

    huh…jus yesterday i was telling my frnz dat hero group is gonna get that honda 250cc motor for their upcuming model.. they alwez do it, starting from 100cc to 150cc n nw 250cc(if true).

  • Arnab

    Karizma 250R on “Lamborghini Concept” hahahaha … they even don’t know how to make good FI engine

  • Anant

    bwahahahahhahahahahahahaaaaaaaa.. did i juz missed the abs n gps part :P all these featurez unda 1.3L .. lmfaoooooooooooo :D

  • Madhav

    We should beat these MB guys black and Blue for making most of us drool at the Yamaha R125 last year. Grr… Grr…. :)
    So many fools made last year :( (i am sure i am not alone)

    Here, this year, the picture of the raging bull above, is a great joke :)

    Good Try Fas.

  • Hunky

    Happy April fool day….

  • S.Con

    Its 1st of April Guys :)

  • Anant

    and pakistan won the wc 2011 :D

  • Deepak Dongre

    LOL! Should have been something more believable ;)

  • Ivin

    Hero Honda to produce this ?? It would be believable if it was Bajaj or even TVS… Gud April fool… But not that gud as r125….

  • k72 Racing Team

    Hi …..
    if this is not a april fool call…. then yamaha will respond for this , which will be a mighty one in 200-250CC super sports bike.

  • Sachin

    27 bhp@ 11000RPM?my such high rpm there is good chance of piston flying out of engine.
    And GPS…ha ha good april fool joke.they will have to fit a large LCD for that.

  • Amit K

    Nothing! can be said unless we get official photos…! and if these specs at the above estimated price wld be true, then this bike will go a long way.

  • http://kkkkk pradeep

    We will never get these all featured Karizma for 1.3L
    If they release they will charge minimum 2L
    Let’s see

  • Anant

    fas bhai..enlighten us now..plzzzzzzzzz..spill out the truth.. :p

    • fas

      Anant, did you hear the audio at the end of the post?

  • Anant

    update :D ha ha..n dat too an audio one..fas,u r gud at it :)

    • fas

      Anant, thank you :)

  • http://google Devajit Swargiary

    Dats a bike !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Rahul Sairam

    Stop making fun my guy’z. The bike mite come for true. I am jus waitin to get ma hands on that hot piece, and yal making funny comments on it. I believe on KARIZMA 250 and will be released soon.

  • shaaj

    if somebody ask which is the most dirtiest bike in the world and my answer is karizma zmr

    • fas

      Shaaj, why do you say so?

    • shaaj

      i hate its look. It looks like a scooter from the front. It is not at all propotionate. Company fooling the people. Look wise and perfomance wise its a big zero. I dont know which idiot is designed it.

  • robin yates

    looks good to me,how another poster says it looks like a scooter is a mystery to me

  • shaaj

    u just watch a zmr coming from a little far especially a white one and u will feel a honda activa is coming……….

    • fas

      Shaaj, LOL. The ZMR is not about the looks but the performance and quality.

  • shaaj

    u r talking about the quality. What quality…….when u start it the whole bike vibrate like an old transport bus.

    • fas

      Shaaj, I am sorry but I wont agree with you on this. The ZMR might look weird but it certainly does not vibrate on start up. Don’t believe me? Check our YouTube channel for the ZMR road test.

  • shaaj

    no yaar it is not an argument but it is the fact. I myself rode a brand new zmr many times and i was totaly disappointed. Now i am using P220. I tell u it is superb. It is my experience, and pls dont think that i am a fan of bajaj. just telling the truth.

  • Rahul sharma

    I am very happy to know that this bike is really coming within three months.

  • shefin

    hey now 2012 where is that bike

    • Faisal

      Shefin, that was an April fools joke ;-p

  • Wheels On Fire

    Good Cooked up story!!

  • http://GMAIL.COM prashant

    hi friends pls show me d picture of karizma 250r model.

  • http://facebook nishad

    supperb karizm205R *hero#

  • http://facebook Nishad

    adipoliya frans supperrrrr

  • suthan

    Am waitingggg…. Release soooooon…..

  • Rajesh

    Top speed of 180kph, better than ninja 250r,power @ 11000rpm! All in 1.28 lakhs.what a joke!

  • priya

    lets see what it has……?

  • Rajeev mohan

    I’m a college going student. Now i’m using karizma R, nextly i must buy Karizma 250R. I’m just thrilled about Hero’s HERS(Hero Energy Regenerative System) power boosting system….it will mine.

    • Faisal Khan

      Rajeev, there is no HERS, it’s no KERS.

  • sunil

    these bikes r coming up but engine specification are changed verylittle with 250cc and 20 bhp only

  • Ninu was an April fool prank but HX250r is going to be the same as shown above… Time changes..sometime completely.

    • Faisal Khan

      Agreed, no one expected this from Hero.