Updated 2023 Hero Karizma XMR: 5 Things You Must Know!

Updated 2023 Hero Karizma XMR: 5 Things You Must Know!

Featured Stories by Team Drivio | 31 Aug 2023

The Karizma XMR has a lot of things no Hero bike has ever had

  • Hero has given it a 210cc liquid-cooled engine making 25.5PS and 20.4Nm
  • In fact, it even has a gas-charged, 6-step adjustable monoshock
  • With a full fairing and all-LED lighting, the Karizma looks quite stunning

The Hero Karizma was a legendary bike back in the day and there are no two ways about it. So when Hero decides to relaunch the bike in India, people will obviously sit up and take notice. And so they have, for the bike has garnered a lot of attention. If you’re curious about it too, here are 5 things about it that you absolutely must know: 

1) Hero Karizma XMR Design Like Never Before

The original Karizma sported a bikini fairing, but the latest version boasts a complete fairing that catches the eye. The combination of the full fairing and dual projector LED headlamp perfectly captures the essence of a faired bike, while the elevated handlebars maintain its sport-touring character. This sets it closer to the Bajaj Pulsar RS200 in style rather than a pure supersport like the KTM RC 200.

2) Hero Karizma XMR Engine Bestows Smooth Performance

Hero has equipped the Karizma with a potent 210cc liquid-cooled 4-valve engine, delivering a robust 25.5PS power output at 9250rpm and a torque of 20.4Nm at 7250rpm. The engine is mated to a smooth six-speed transmission and incorporates a slip and assist clutch for enhanced control.

3) Hero Karizma XMR Features Rank Top-notch

The all-new Karizma XMR features an LCD instrument console equipped with Bluetooth connectivity and turn-by-turn navigation. Adding to its premium appeal, the bike showcases illuminated switchgear. Its headlight configuration comprises dual LED projector headlights enclosed by H-shaped LED daytime running lights (DRLs). Notably, the motorcycle boasts dual-channel ABS as a standard feature, marking a first for Hero's production bikes. 

Another segment-first is the adjustable windshield. For touring comfort, the elevated clip-on handlebars have been integrated.

4) Hero Karizma XMR Underpinnings That Rock

The Karizma XMR effectively manages suspension with a telescopic fork at the front and a gas-charged monoshock at the rear, featuring a 6-step preload adjustment. It's worth noting, however, that the absence of a USD fork on the Karizma XMR becomes a notable omission, especially when compared to the Hero Xtreme 160R 4V, which boasts this feature.

Interestingly, the Karizma is the first Hero bike to boast of a lot of things. For starters, a liquid-cooled engine. Moving towards the underpinnings, it’s the first Hero bike to get a trellis frame as well as a gas charged and preload adjustable mono-shock as standard. We expect Hero to give the Karizma a USD fork in one of its subsequent updates. 

That said, along with the fork, there’s another big cost cutting done by Hero, and that is the new box section swing-arm on the Karizma. 

5) Hero Karizma XMR Price That Justifies

The Hero Karizma XMR comes with a price tag of Rs 1,82,900, along with an introductory price option of Rs 1,72,900 (both prices are ex-showroom in India). This appealing motorcycle is offered in three striking colour choices: Iconic Yellow, Matte Phantom Black, and Turbo Red. Those interested can secure their booking by paying a refundable token of Rs 3,000.


In summary, the revered Karizma has marked its triumphant return, generating considerable anticipation as we eagerly anticipate the opportunity to experience and assess this iconic model. What sets this revival apart is the thoughtful approach of introducing a fresh iteration rather than persisting with the same dated design, merely enhanced by new colour schemes. 

Absolutely, Hero's strategic decision to enter the 150-200cc segment is noteworthy. This choice reflects a dual advantage: providing accessible pricing alongside captivating performance. Moreover, this move could position Hero to potentially challenge the current dominator of this segment, the Yamaha R15, even if temporarily. While the 400-500cc market is expanding, Hero's focus on the 150-200cc range demonstrates a savvy approach to capture both affordability and thrilling capabilities.

Additionally, as Hero embraces the swifter 210cc liquid-cooled platform, it opens up possibilities for the advancement of other existing 200cc air-cooled bikes within the line-up, potentially benefiting models like the XPulse 200 4V down the road.