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Hero Confirms New Karizma Uses More Powerful Engine

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Karizma ZMR Owners Report

Hero MotoCorp will launch 15 new products in the next 6 months, majority of them coming this year. The automaker is sure to lure Indians at the 2014 Auto Expo in February. However for motorcycle enthusiasts, there is some good news. The company has confirmed the upcoming new Karizma will feature a more powerful engine. Currently the Karizma is powered by a 223cc powerplant and is offered in two variants – R and ZMR. Hero is likely to refresh both the variants of the Karizma and the launch of the updated bikes will happen in October, around the festive season.

The upcoming new Karizma is the first Hero bike in which Erik Buell Racing (EBR) has done major development. Although the spy shots make the new Karizma look very similar to the old one, the major change is to the heart. While confirmation on the increase in output is awaited, we believe Hero and EBR have boosted cubic capacity of the motorcycle which should produce around 20-22 BHP of power. Sadly the design and other hardware remains quite similar and thus the Karizma still doesn’t get a monoshock suspension.

“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,” Pawan Munjal, MD and CEO, Hero MotoCorp said at the Hero Global Sales and Marketing Conference in Macau, China.

Hero Honda launched the Karizma in India in 2003 and it was an instant success. Sadly the company did not keep the momentum up and failed to give the bike any major updates. In 2007, the Karizma was mildly updated and re-badged as the Karizma R while in 2009, the company launched the first major update to the sports tourer in the form of the Karizma ZMR. The odd styling and increased competition made the ZMR a low selling bike. If Hero can offer the new Karizma at the same price, then it can woo quite a few customers as many bikers want a comfortable and hassle-free motorcycle priced around Rs. 1 lakh.

Hero Karizma ZMR Digital Cluster

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  • Pravin

    welcome move by Hero Motors…

  • k.p

    @faisal is it a new engine altogether? i dont think they can work on existing honda engine…

    • http://www.motorbeam.com/ Faisal Khan

      KP, yes it’s expected to be an all new engine.

    • Sumit

      “We will be launching the new Karizma variants which are redesigned and the engine made more powerful with our partner EBR”
      I think this rather means that the existing Honda engines have been updated to make more power. Still as reliable as they used to be ? who knows, Looks like bike appearance and dynamics has been redone from ground up. This is gonna be very interesting tbh.
      Hopefully Bajaj comes up with a killer semi/fully faired Pulsar soon.

    • Sushrut

      Faisal, I don’t think it will have an all new engine as of now as Munjals have declared 1st bike without Honda’s tech will come only in 2014. This will be a more powerful version of existing engine which EBR has worked on. It hardly makes sense to call these 15 products as all new, as most of them will be just new stickers and additional features job.

  • Abdul Lathif

    Since when hero lost it’s friend honda, hero has also lost its brand and reliability. Most of the people had lost trust in the Brand HERO. So until and unless hero brings out a bike like pulsar which boosted the sales of Bajaj, hero will not continue it’s pace in the developing market.

  • k.p

    @faisal today a leading daily telugu newspaper in andhra pradesh called sakshi posted pic of upcoming zmr pillion seat similar xtreme model…looks average&110 mm 17″ tyre at rear…

  • Sushrut

    Old wine is new bottle has always been the mantra of Hero motocorp. They will change stickers and launch them as all new bikes. Its not an easy feat to launch 15 bikes in 5 months if they were really all new from grounds up. That is not the case. Hero needs to build robust engines. Why I say so? because my CBZ Xtreme’s engine is fast becoming a clatter box @ 18k kms. The tappets need adjustments often,the timing chain has been replaced once (in warranty). Now I get feeling that day is not far when I will have to replace the cams etc. Pathetic quality of components for an otherwise gem of an engine.

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