Hero Motocorp working on its own 100cc, 110cc, 250cc engines

Posted on: Jul 30, 2013 - 8:42pm IST

It seems Hero Motocorp has finally got its wheel spinning after it bid adieu to Honda two years ago.

Hero Splendor Pro
The new 110cc engine will be powering Hero’s current array of commuter bikes like Splendor, Passion, CD Dawn, etc.

Even though the products are branded Hero, the powertrains still have the Honda lineage. Honda was solely responsible for the technical and product development aspects in the joint venture. The technical support which Honda still continues to offer will be withdrawn in 2014 and in order to keep selling, Hero must have already started working on its own range of powerhouses.

Hero’s R&D capabilities was the favorite topic of the skeptics ever since Honda detached itself from what was arguably the most successful partnership in the global two wheeler industry.

Times Of India reports that Hero is working on 100cc, 110cc and 250cc engines on its own. Mr. Pawan Munjal, MD and CEO of Hero Motocorp said –

We have fired three new engines, and we have done this ourselves. Each of these engines perform much better than our existing engines, and they are very fuel-efficient, the efficiency being higher than any bike currently running on Indian roads.

Throwing more light on the upcoming power plants, Mr. Munjal said that the 110cc motor will go on to Hero’s current array of commuters while the 100cc vertical (cylinder orientation) engine is being developed specifically for the Nigerian market.

Hero Karizma ZMR
The Karizma ZMR’s successor which has already started testing could get the 250cc motor in question.

He also added that the company is in the process of setting up a new R&D centre at Kukas, Rajasthan. Hero currently has technical partners like AVL Austria, Engines Engineering (formerly owned by Mahindra) and Eric Buell Racing (49% of which is owned by Hero Motocorp).

The fully faired Hero sportsbike which was spotted testing a couple of weeks ago could use the 250cc mill in question.

The new engines are expected to find their way on board Hero motorcycles once Honda withdraws its technology support in 2014.

[Source: Times Of India]

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2 thoughts on “Hero Motocorp working on its own 100cc, 110cc, 250cc engines

  1. vishal says:

    hero will remain hero, they are the best with honda technology, just like maruti swift is better than fiat punto and the technology was taken from fiat same case in hero …………..Hero will remain Number one company in word ……….. they are aggressive, better service network and cheaper spare parts………….only thing they need to take care is there dealer’s behaviour……………

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  2. Dr. Nayak says:

    Good news for the Indian auto industry, and congratulations to Hero for their vision to be an independent bike company. They don’t have to depend on the “Far Far Far East” for their technology and hopefully do better, and conquer them in their own game!

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As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! So here I'm, petrolhead by birth, Mechanical engineer by qualification and automotive reporter by profession!