Hero MotoCorp 2014 Karizma ZMR reportedly outputs 20 Bhp

After the much-hyped unveil of the Karizma R and the ZMR twins at Macau a few weeks ago, Hero MotoCorp showcased these motorcycles at a separate event held at Gurgaon last week. While the spec-sheet of the Karizma ZMR was released recently, it continued to miss the peak power output figure. A promotional video (that has since been modified) of the Karizma ZMR has surfaced onto the interweb. The video reveals that the 2014 version of the motorcycle outputs 20 Bhp of peak power from its 223 cc four stroke, oil cooled engine.

Official communication about the 20 Bhp peak power figure of the Karizma ZMR is yet to arrive though. However, considering that the 2014 Karizma ZMR's torque output, at 19.7 Nm, has gone up from the current model's figure by 1.35 Nm, the chance of the power output also going up to 20 Bhp (from 17.6 Bhp) remains high.  Expect a similar bump up in power and torque figures for the air cooled 223 cc engine of the Karizma R.

The engines of both the Karizma R and the Karizma ZMR have been worked on, by Erik Buell Racing, an American motorcycle and racing outfit now partly owned by Hero MotoCorp and engaged with supplying technology for future Hero MotoCorp offerings. The motorcycle also hits the 0-60 Kph mark a wee bit quicker, at 3.6 seconds (previously, 3.7 seconds). The Karizma ZMR features the following prominent changes:

  • Twin headlamps
  • New handlebar
  • New turn indicators and pilot lamps integrated into the front fairing
  • Redesigned belly pan and front fender
  • Split seats
  • Muffler cover
  • Refreshed fairing
  • Wider tyres
  • LED tail lamp
  • New tail section

The Karizma R and ZMR are likely to go on sale in the Indian market shortly, along with the slew of upgraded motorcycles that Hero MotoCorp has lined up for India. Expect a minor price revision for the new crop of flagship Karizmas. Hero MotoCorp's refresh of its entire line of two wheelers has to do with the company having to stop using Honda's engine technology on its two wheelers from 2014, following its split from Honda in 2010. The world's largest two wheeler maker by volumes, Hero MotoCorp is focusing on both the domestic as well as the export markets in order to drive future growth. The refreshed range of two wheelers, along with all-new products, will form the bulwark of Hero MotoCorp's new approach. 

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