Hero Splendor Family Explained, Which One For Whom?

The Splendor is offered in three distinct flavours, and we explain how they vary

The highest-selling motorcycle in the world, the Hero Splendor, has been a household name for many families, and for generations. Over the years Splendor has been available in many avatars, and recently Hero MotoCorp launched the Splendor Plus Xtec. So, we explore the Splendor family which has engines that displace between 100cc to 125cc.

Hero Splendor Plus

The Hero Splendor Plus has the smallest engine in the Splendor family, displacing a humble 97.2cc. It produces 8.02PS and 8.05Nm and comes mated to a four-speed gearbox. The Splendor Plus model retains the timeless design with simple styling and minimal body panels, catering to the daily commuters who want an affordable, no-nonsense fuel-sipper. Moreover, its target customers love the familiarity factor that it brings along, and this is one of the biggest reasons why Hero MotoCorp hasn’t tinkered too much with its design.

The Splendor Plus comes in three main variants; standard (Rs 69,380), i3S (Rs 70,700) and the newly launched, feature-packed Xtec variant (Rs 73,200) (prices ex-showroom Delhi). The i3S and Xtec variants come with Stop-Start System (i3S) that turns the engine off when it is idling and switches it back on as soon as the throttle is twisted. This helps in conserving fuel while riding on traffic-riddled roads.

The new Xtec variant gets a fully digital instrument cluster with Bluetooth connectivity that brings notification alerts, real-time mileage and low fuel alert. None of the variants get a disc brake option though and are anchored by drum brakes at both ends.

Hero Splendor iSmart

With a more premium and sporty design, the Hero Splendor iSmart is propelled by a comparatively bigger 113.2cc fuel-injected engine with i3S technology. It produces 9.15PS and 9.89Nm and comes paired with a four-speed transmission. The engine sits inside an all-new single-downtube frame too.

The bike looks more premium and gets premium colours, which caters to a market that is looking for the reliability of the Splendor, but in a more youthful and fun package. Unlike the Plus model, the iSmart comes with a 240mm disc brake up front as an option, which is priced at Rs 73,090, whereas the drum brake variant will cost you Rs 70,390 (both prices ex-showroom Delhi).

Hero Super Splendor

The Hero Super Splendor is the most expensive in the Splendor line-up, for it is priced at Rs 75,700 for the drum variant and Rs 79,600 for the disc variant (prices ex-showroom Delhi). However, it is the most affordable 125cc bike in India. It gets a 124.7cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine with i3S tech producing 10.87PS and 10.6Nm. It comes mated to a five-speed gearbox, which when coupled with the i3S tech should offer great fuel efficiency.

The Super Splendor makes for a perfect alternative for someone looking for a no-nonsense 125cc motorcycle that packs power but also has the reliability and durability associated with the Splendor brand. Apart from this, the bike gets a 180mm ground clearance, enough to tackle India’s worst roads.

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