Hero Karizma XMR vs Hero Xtreme 200S 4V
Article by Drivio | 21st Sep 23
In terms of hardware and power, the Karizma definitely comes out on top
- Unfortunately, the Xtreme even stands behind with a 5-speed gearbox
- The Hero Karizma is Hero’s first ever bike with a 6-speed gearbox
- Even the 210cc liquid-cooled engine is a first for a Hero bike
While the Hero Karizma XMR faces tough competition from the outside, it also faces the same from Hero’s own stable, in the form of the Xtreme 200S 4V. Is it something that the Karizma should actually be worried about, or is it miles ahead of the Xtreme? Let’s find out:
Hero Karizma XMR vs Hero Xtreme 200S 4V: Design & Features
The new Hero Karizma XMR is a modern twist on the classic Karizma, and it comes with some important changes that give it a fresh appearance. Instead of the old bikini fairing, it now features a sleek fully-covered design.
One of the standout features is the inclusion of two projector LED headlights within this full covering. Even though it looks covered up, it still maintains its sport-tourer style with slightly raised handlebars. Interestingly, the XMR's style is more similar to the Bajaj Pulsar RS200 than the aggressive super sport look of the KTM RC 200.
This motorcycle also comes with an LCD dashboard that can connect to your phone via Bluetooth and offer turn-by-turn directions. The buttons and switches on the handlebars have a premium look and feel, and there's an illuminated touch that enhances its visual appeal. The dual LED projector headlights and H-shaped LED daytime running lights not only add to its aesthetics but also improve visibility on the road.
In contrast, the Xtreme 200S presents a new and clean design characterized by sleek lines and minimalistic decals. Hero has chosen a subtle approach to graphics, giving the bike a clean and attractive appearance. The well-proportioned front section design of the bike contributes to its overall visual balance, avoiding an overly bulky look.
The contemporary LED headlight on the Xtreme 200S adds a touch of sophistication to its design. Hero has effectively crafted a motorcycle that not only has an impressive appearance but also exhibits precision in its design, showcasing excellence in the Xtreme 200S' overall aesthetic.
Hero Karizma XMR vs Hero Xtreme 200S 4V: Engines
|Specifications||Hero Karizma XMR 210||Hero Xtreme 200S 4V|
|Engine||210cc liquid-cooled engine||199.6cc single-cylinder air-cooled 4-valve SOHC|
The Hero's latest flagship motorcycle is powered by an innovative 210cc DOHC 4-valve liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine. It's worth noting that this marks Hero's debut in the realm of liquid-cooled engines.
Delivering an impressive performance of 25.5PS at 9,250rpm and 20.4Nm at 7,250rpm, the XMR stands out in terms of power when compared to its rivals, the KTM RC 200 and the Bajaj Pulsar RS200. This power is effectively transmitted through a 6-speed gearbox, which also benefits from a slipper and assist clutch for smoother operation.
The Xtreme 200S shares a multitude of core components with its sibling, the Xtreme 200R. It makes use of the same frame, suspension, gearbox, wheels, and tyres. Its power source is a 199cc engine that delivers around 19.17PS of power and 17.35Nm of torque, resulting in an exceptionally smooth and jerk-free riding experience. The five-speed gearbox seamlessly complements the engine, ensuring effortless gear changes and an overall enhanced riding experience.
Furthermore, the suspension setup mirrors that of the Xtreme 200R, featuring telescopic forks at the front and a customizable shock absorber at the rear, providing riders the flexibility to make adjustments for enhanced comfort. The Xtreme 200S, being the more laidback bike of the two, is definitely the more comfortable of the two as well. So if comfort is something that’s at the top of your priority list, you might want to consider the Xtreme 200S 4V.
Hero Karizma XMR vs Hero Xtreme 200S 4V: Suspension, Tyres & Brakes
|Specifications||Hero Karizma XMR 210||Hero Xtreme 200S 4V|
|Front suspension||Telescopic Fork||37mm telescopic fork|
|Rear suspension||Monoshock||Gas-charged monoshock|
|Front brake||Disc Brake||Disc Brake|
|Rear brake||Disc Brake||Disc Brake|
The suspension system of the Karizma XMR is composed of a telescopic fork at the front and a gas-charged monoshock at the rear, offering a 6-step preload adjustment. Notably, it differs from the Hero Xtreme 160R 4V, which features upside-down (USD) forks. However, it's important to mention that the absence of USD forks in the XMR doesn't seem to impact its performance negatively as the telescopic forks do the job effectively.
One distinctive feature to highlight is Hero's cost-saving choice of using a box-section swingarm in the XMR. This decision becomes noteworthy when compared to the Xtreme 160R 4V, which boasts USD forks, representing a departure from the XMR's design philosophy.
On the flip side, the Xtreme 200S follows a different path. Unlike the distinct frames and suspension setups found in the XPulse models, it embraces the fundamental structure and suspension components of the 200R. Consequently, it sports a comparable frame and suspension arrangement, which includes 37mm telescopic forks at the front and a distinctive rear monoshock with adjustable stiffness levels.
Hero Karizma XMR vs Hero Xtreme 200S 4V: Dimensions
|Dimensions||Hero Karizma XMR||Hero Xtreme 200S 4V|
|Fuel tank capacity||11-litres||13-litres|
Based on the specifications, the Hero Karizma seems light when you look at the numbers, and this lightweight feeling carries over to the actual riding experience. Whether you're weaving through city streets or taking on twisty mountain roads, the bike exhibits agility and stability. Nevertheless, it's important to mention that the front suspension is tuned more for city riding and tends to be on the softer side. If you really push the bike to its maximum capabilities, you'll be reminded that it's not designed as a dedicated supersport machine.
The Xtreme 200S comes equipped with a braking system consisting of a 276mm front disc and a 220mm rear disc, delivering ample stopping power.
Hero Karizma XMR vs Hero Xtreme 200S 4V: Price
|Hero Karizma XMR||Hero Xtreme 200S 4V|
|Rs 1,72,900||Rs 1,41,250|
Hero has priced the Xtreme 200S 4V at Rs 1.41 lakh, ex-showroom, and notably, it doesn't come with dual-channel ABS. Surprisingly, this means that even though the Karizma XMR sounds a whole lot more expensive on paper, it does pack a lot more punch than the Xtreme 200S and is able to justify the premium in its own way.
At Rs 1,72,900, the Karizma XMR is priced very well to take on its chief rivals though.
Hero's choice to venture into the 150-200cc segment, rather than the larger 400-500cc category, represents a strategic decision aimed at striking a balance between affordability and exhilarating performance. This strategy not only appeals to budget-conscious riders but also positions Hero to potentially compete with the dominant player in this segment, the Yamaha R15.
In summary, the revival of the legendary Karizma with the XMR 210 model heralds an exciting new chapter. There's a palpable sense of anticipation to experience this rejuvenated icon, and Hero's approach to reimagining the Karizma deserves commendation. More importantly, the Karizma XMR strikes the perfect balance between being exciting enough for experienced riders, while being easy going enough for newer ones.
So the Karizma XMR still stands out as the all rounder bike that it once was. But if your needs with a bike are going to be restricted simply to commuting, you could get yourself the Xtreme 200S 4V. It’s not a bad bike, it’s just that it’s made for the city, and not really for long distance touring or sustaining triple digit speeds. So if you’re on a budget with your primary wants focused towards commuting, the Xtreme surely makes for a good-looking commuter.