The Retro Rival - Hero Mavrick 440 Spied Testing in India
News by Team Drivio | 11th Jan 24
The upcoming launch of Hero MotoCorp's retro-styled Mavrick 440 motorcycle aims to heat up the middleweight segment in India, as evident from recent spy shots of its testing.
- Spied testing alongside the Harley-Davidson X440, the Mavrick adopts neo-retro styling for mass appeal.
- It shares the same platform as the X440 but is tuned for the Indian market.
- With competitive pricing, it could disrupt the 350-450cc retro segment when launched this month.
Sporting Retro Styling
The test mule reveals circular LED headlamps with H-shaped DRLs, similar to the X440. However, telescopic front forks replace the USD forks on the Harley. The Mavrick also gets a short front fender and upright riding position for comfort. Muscular fuel tank extensions and faux air intakes add to the retro roadster styling.
|Hero Mavrick 440 (expected specs)
|440cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected
Familiar Powertrain, Tuned for India
Powering the Mavrick 440 will likely be the same 440cc single-cylinder, long-stroke engine from the X440. This liquid-cooled, fuel-injected motor churns out 27hp and 38Nm of torque. Hero could tune it slightly differently for more low-end punch. The engine will come mated to a 6-speed transmission.
Feature-packed for the Segment
While an LCD display is expected, the higher-spec TFT screen from the X440 may be skipped. Dual-channel ABS will be offered as standard for braking performance along with front and rear disc brakes. The alloy wheels are also different from the Harley.
Priced as a Premium Retro
When launched this month, the Hero Mavrick 440 is expected to be priced above Rs. 2 lakh ex-showroom. This pits it against the likes of Jawa, Yezdi and Honda CB350 RS. The Mavrick promises more performance than its retro rivals, while offering the reliability and pricing of Hero MotoCorp.
The Hero Mavrick 440 seems to blend retro charm with modern performance. While it shares its platform with the Harley-Davidson X440, comprehensive local tuning makes the Mavrick a retro for the Indian masses. Its competitive pricing could shake up the middleweight retro segment when it launches this month.