Hero MotoCorp today launched its first indigenously developed motorcycle, the new Splendor iSmart 110 at a price of Rs 53,300, exshowroom, Delhi. The motorcycle was showcased at the Auto Expo earlier in February this year. It has been developed at the company's new R&D facility (Hero Centre of Innovation and Technology) at Jaipur and is claimed to be followed by more in-house developed products.
The Splendor iSmart 110 is based on a new chassis, which is claimed to be stronger, thereby improving the rigidity. The motorcycle also gets a new doublecradle frame now aimed at improving handling.
Powering the motorcycle is a new Torque on Demand (TOD) 110 cc engine featuring Hero's i3S (idlestopstart system). Importantly, the new single cylinder engine is BS IV compliant, making it the only motorcycle to do so in its segment. The new engine develops 8.9 hp of peak power and 9Nm of torque at 5,500 rpm. Paired to a fourspeed gearbox, the motorcycle is claimed to deliver around 70 km/l.
The Splendor iSmart 110 is the second motorcycle after Splendor iSmart 100 to be equipped with Hero's i3S technology. This technology shuts the engine when stationary in neutral for a pre-defined time and restarts it the moment the rider pulls the clutch.
Hence, the system is able to save fuel, which would've otherwise been lost while idling in traffic.