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Over 10 new bikes launching in India this month | Autocar India

Written by Ravi Kapoor

August will see new launches from established manufacturers like Royal Enfield and Hero, in addition to new entrants to the Indian market like Zontes and Moto Morini.

The month of August will see a flurry of launches from long-standing producers, in addition to some new entrants making their technique to the Indian two-wheeler market. Right here’s an inventory of bikes you’ll be able to count on to launch this month.

         1. Royal Enfield Hunter 350

Set to be launched on August 7, the Hunter 350 is the most important launch slated for August. It is usually prone to be one of the vital accessible REs you’ll get your palms on. Upon its launch, the Hunter would be the lightest Royal Enfield within the bike maker’s present line-up, tipping the scales at simply 180kg. Underpinning the Hunter 350 would be the similar J-series engine as seen on the Meteor and the Basic 350, making the identical peak output figures of 20.2hp and 27Nm. Couple that with its lighter kerb weight and the Hunter guarantees to ship peppier efficiency than its siblings. It is going to considerably undercut them as effectively, because it’s anticipated to be priced round Rs 1.5 lakh-1.6 lakh. It is going to most definitely be positioned because the entry-level Royal Enfield.

2. 2022 Royal Enfield Bullet 350

Talking of accessible Royal Enfields, the long-standing Bullet 350 could be launched in a revamped avatar as effectively. The Bullet 350 is presently the entry level to Enfield’s line-up, being the one one to function the previous-gen UCE motor. When the next-gen Bullet 350 is launched, sporting underpinnings from the J-platform, count on it to get extra fashionable componentry in addition to extra options just like the non-obligatory Tripper navigation pod. Contemplating the numerous improve that it is prone to obtain, count on the worth tag to go up as effectively, hovering across the Rs 1.7 lakh mark.

3. Up to date Hero Xpulse 200T

Hero seems to be gearing as much as launch an up to date Xpulse 200T, which might sport the brand new 4V engine. The 200T is the extra road-focused model of Hero’s succesful little off-roader and runs on 17-inch solid alloy wheels. Whereas the 4V engine was made obtainable on the Xpulse 200 final 12 months, the 200T was bought solely with the previous 2V engine. The up to date model will possible get delicate visible tweaks resembling fork gaiters, a repositioned headlamp in addition to a brand new color scheme. With these modifications, count on a hike over its present Rs 1.24 lakh price ticket.

4. New Honda BigWing mannequin

Aside from its launch date of August 8, not a lot is understood concerning the upcoming addition to Honda’s BigWing line-up in India. There are a number of totally different instructions by which Honda might go together with this product. Honda might replace the CB500X, which is presently on sale in India, with a USD entrance fork and twin disc brakes on the entrance (an replace the mannequin obtained final 12 months internationally). Alternatively, one of many different fashions from its world 500cc vary might make its method right here. The launch of the Forza 350 maxi-scooter may very well be one other chance, with extra producers warming as much as the concept of large-capacity scooters in latest instances.

5. Zontes and Moto Morini

Each these manufacturers have tied up with AARI (Adishwar Auto Trip India) for his or her Indian operations, the identical organisation that distributed Benelli and Keeway fashions in India. Whereas Zontes has 5 bikes deliberate for India, all based mostly on the identical 350cc single-cylinder platform, Moto Morini intends to herald 4 fashions to the nation, all based mostly on the corporate’s 650cc twin-cylinder platform.

6. New Keeway mannequin

On the time of its launch, Keeway had expressed its intention to convey a complete of eight merchandise to India within the span of 1 12 months. The primary three have debuted and August will see the launch of the following one. We now have already reviewed two Keeway choices, the Vieste 300 maxi-scooter and the neo-retro Sixties 300i.

7. Harley Davidson Nightster

Harley-Davidson up to date its long-standing Sportster line of bikes final 12 months by introducing the all-new Sportster S, which featured underpinnings from the Pan America 1250 – the primary ADV bike from a model synonymous with cruisers. The brand new Nightster is ready to be the extra accessible sibling to the Sportster S, which is presently priced at Rs 16.51 lakh. Powering the Nightster is an 89hp, 95Nm, 975cc Revolution Max engine derived from its greater stablemates. Count on the brand new Nightster to considerably undercut the Sportster S when it’s launched.

8. Ducati Streetfighter V2

Basically a Panigale V2 sans fairings (very like the Streetfighter V4/Panigale V4), the Streetfighter V2 affords almost all of the efficiency of its fully-faired sibling paired to a much less punishing driving place. Powering the ‘smaller’ Streetfighter is similar Euro-5/BS6 compliant 955cc Superquadro L-Twin engine making 153hp at 10,750rpm and 101.4Nm of torque at 9,000rpm (figures very near the recently-launched Rs 13.61 lakh Suzuki Katana). As is anticipated from the Bologna-based producer, top-shelf componentry within the type of a fully-adjustable suspension and Brembo brakes at each ends, in addition to a complete suite of digital rider aids, are on provide. When it’s launched, count on it to undercut its fully-faired sibling, the Panigale V2, which presently units you again by Rs 19.49 lakh.

9. Ducati Panigale V4 (MY2023)

By no means one to relaxation on its laurels, Ducati has up to date its flagship superbike, the Panigale V4, incrementally. Ducati says that is consistent with its competition-spec machines which too are up to date 12 months after 12 months. Rider aids just like the quickshifter and engine brake management have revised programming and the cooling system has been optimised to assist scale back warmth build-up after a spirited trip or blisteringly fast session on monitor (notably helpful in our torrid summers). These updates can be found to present house owners of the MY22 Ducati Panigale V4 as effectively. When launched, count on the MY2023 bikes to hold a slight bump in worth over the usual Panigale V4 (Rs 23.50 lakh) and the V4S (Rs 28.40 lakh).

10. Ducati Panigale V4 SP2

The Panigale V4 SP2 carries ahead all of the updates that the MY22 Panigale V4 vary obtained and provides a dollop of beautiful elements and exclusivity. The Panigale SP2 makes a colossal 215.5hp and 123.6Nm from its 1103cc Desmosedici Stradale engine, whereas tipping the scales at 194.5kg (1kg lighter than the V4S). Tools like a STM-EVO dry clutch, Stylema R calipers, carbon-fibre wheels and electronically-adjustable Ohlins suspension are supplied on this restricted version mannequin as commonplace. Just like the SP model earlier than it, this SP2 mannequin will even be obtainable in extraordinarily restricted numbers with an exorbitant price ticket in addition. 

All costs, ex-showroom, Delhi.

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