There are three quarter-litre and two 300cc motorcycles set to launch in what is left of this year, reflecting the pace at which the motorcycle market is getting better and better in India. While some years ago, there were only the commuter motorcycles for the masses as the high-end premium superbikes were mostly beyond reach for many. Now though, the Indian auto market has something for everyone. Homegrown brands like TVS and Hero have come up with premium and powerful motorcycles. There is also a gorgeous looking Italian launching this year too. Excited? Read further to find out.
Yamaha YZF R15 V3.0
Yamaha will update their R15 with an improved engine and some cosmetic updates this year in India. The Yamaha YZF R15 V3.0 will be powered by the same 149 cc liquid-cooled, four-stroke, single cylinder engine, which also powers the current Yamaha R15 V2.0 model. However, the upcoming motorcycle will be tuned to churn out better power and will be paired to an improved six-speed transmission. The existing model produces 16.7 hp of power and 15 Nm of torque but the new one is expected to produce around 19 hp.
Expected launch: mid-2017
Expected price: Rs 1.30 lakh (ex-showroom)
The Suzuki GSX250R will be powered by a 248cc parallel-twin liquid-cooled petrol engine that generates a maximum power of 24.7 hp at 8,000 rpm and churns out a peak torque of 23.3 Nm at 6,500 rpm. When launched, the Suzuki GSX250R would compete with the likes of the Honda CBR250 and the KTM 250 Duke.
Expected launch: December 2017
Expected price: Rs 1.8 lakh (ex-showroom)
Hero HX250R will be the most powerful motorcycle in the hero MotoCorp's stable. It will be powered by an all-new 249cc single-cylinder, liquid cooled engine with Dual Mode Fuel Injection system. Hero claims that the HX250R motorcycle will be capable of 0-60 kmph in 2.7 seconds. The liquid-cooled engine on the Hero HX250R will produce 31 hp of maximum power at 9,000 rpm. The motorcycle will be a lightweight (139 kg) fully faired motorcycle and will come equipped with ABS (Antilock Braking System).
Estimated launch: December 2017
Estimated price: Rs 1.5 lakh (ex-showroom)
TVS Apache RR 310S
TVS Apache RR 310S, previously called the Akula is soon to be launched in the country this year. It is a fully faired motorcycle that has been jointly developed by the Indian motorcycle manufacturer, TVS and BMW Motorrad. The TVS Apache RR 310S will have the same engine as that of the BMW G310R, a 313cc, single cylinder, liquid cooled engine. The engine will develop 34 hp of power and 28 Nm of peak torque and will be mated to a 6-speed gearbox. The unit is expected to have a claimed fuel efficiency of 36 kmpl.
Expected launch: July 2017
Estimated price: Rs 2.5 lakh (ex-showroom)
MV Agusta Brutale 800
The 2017 MV Agusta Brutale 800 has been given cosmetic as well as mechanical upgrades. The company has also tweaked the chassis of the MV Agusta Brutale 800 and has also extended the wheelbase and trail. The Brutale 800 is now powered by a 796cc in-line three-cylinder with 12-valves and counter-rotating crankshaft and generates 109 hp of power and 83 Nm of torque at rpm as low as 3800 rpm. The 2017 Brutale 800 gets a ride-by-wire throttle technology and different riding modes. The upcoming motorcycle is equipped with an eight-level traction control system and an electronic EAS (Electronically Assisted Shift) 2.0 shift assist for clutchless shifts as well as a hydraulic slipper clutch.
Estimated launch: July 2017
Estimated price: Rs 15 lakh (ex-showroom)