Hero MotoCorp has applied trademark to the name HX250R in Europe and will be selling it in the continent through partner Erik Buell Racing.
Showcased at the beginning of this year, the HX250R from Hero MotoCorp has kept bike enthusiasts across the country excited, as it comes closer to the launch scheduled next year. While India will be the first market to get the bike , the Hero HX250R will also be sold in developed markets across Europe through partner Erik Buell Racing. Hero has now filed for an European trademark for the name HX250R with the EU’s Office for Harmonisation on 18th July, earlier this year; inching one step closer to the launch of the sports bike.
Designed in collaboration with Erik Buell Racing (EBR), the Hero HX250R boasts of some really amazing figures and is expected to be one of the more spirited performers in the globally popular quarter-litre segment. The HX250R boasts of a familar design language seen on the bigger EBR bikes complete with an aggressive stance. The bike gets dual headlamps with LED DRLs at the front and an LED tail light. Coming to the mechanicals, the HX250R uses a geodesic tubular frame (trellis) with the engine used as a stress member.
The 249cc single-cylinder newly designed engine gets 4-valve with liquid cooling and fuel injection that is capable of producing 31 BHP of power and 26 Nm of torque, paired to a 6-speed gearbox. However, what makes it so amazing is the claimed kerb weight of just 139 kgs that will result in an overwhelming power to weight ratio. 0-100 km/hr is expected in just 8 seconds, and the top speed could touch the 150 km/hr mark. While the figures look absolutely amazing, the real world performance is yet to be witnessed.
Coming to its European sales plan; earlier this year EBR opened its first European office in Netherlands and it is highly likely that Hero will retail the HX250R via its dealerships. There is also possibility that the Indian auto giant might even rebrand the bike as an EBR across Europe. Furthermore, the HX250R platform will spawn 7 new models including an on-off road bike, street-fighter and the likes using the same underpinnings and powertrain, but with different outputs. Exploring developed markets, the company also trademarked seven small-capacity models for the US market that will go on sale by 2016.