Hero MotoCorp to introduce an all new 300cc performance oriented motorcycle, might go into production soon

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According to Autocar India, Hero MotoCorp is readying a 300cc motorcycle to go against the likes of KTM Duke390, KTM Duke250, and the bikes from TVS-BMW partnership like BMW G310 R , G310 GS and TVS Apache RR 310. The bike will be based on XFR3 concept showcased at Auto Expo 2016.

According to Autocar Professional’s(Autocar India sister magazine) sources privy to the project, the new motorcycle is in the final stages of validation. The new 300cc model, along with the incoming 200cc Xtreme and the XPulse adventure motorcycle (revealed at EICMA 2017), will sit atop all other products in Hero’s portfolio and will mark Hero’s foray into the growing mid-size motorcycle segment.

The new 300cc motorcycle will be positioned as the natural upgrade option for many of its existing customers who have been riding executive commuter motorcycles. Replying to Autocar India / Autocar Professional’s query on the sidelines of the EICMA Show in Milan in November 2017 on Hero MotoCorp’s plan of retaining its large customer base with new premium and aspirational products, Pawan Munjal, CMD, Hero MotoCorp, had said, “I am sure when you will see me after the Auto Expo, having seen this (the XPulse) and some of the products at the Auto Expo and the directional posture that Hero MotoCorp has taken, you will change your view. We are putting a lot of focus on some of the areas such as the high growth segments.”

Source: Autocar India

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Video: BMW G310R alongside KTM Duke 390, Yamaha MT-03

 The video below, shot in Russia by HM Channel, shows the BMW G310R alongside the KTM Duke 390 and the Yamaha MT-03, two of the key rivals of the G310R. The video allows for an enthusiast to listen to the G310R’s exhaust, and watch its acceleration in comparison to its rivals.

According to a recent report, the BMW G310R will not launch in India this calendar year, rather towards the end of this financial year (February-March 2017). However, TVS Motor, the joint venture partner responsible for manufacturing the motorcycle, will begin exports of the G310R from its plant in Hosur, Tamil Nadu this year. Initial markets include European countries including BMW Motorrad’s home market in Germany.

Among the lot, the BMW G310R sports the smallest engine: a 313 cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled unit that develops 34 PS at 9,500 and a peak torque of 28 Nm at 7,500 rpm. The KTM relies on a 375 cc single-cylinder unit while the Yamaha is powered by a 321 cc parallel-twin.

The BMW G310R is equipped with a 6-speed gearbox, as is the competition. The G310R also gets disc brakes at both ends and ABS as standard. According to the company, the naked street-fighter has a top-speed of 143 km/h with a kerb weight of 158.5 kg.

via Indian Autos Blog