With the move to the Bharat Stage 6 (BS6) in terms of emission compliance, every manufacturer is busy with updating its engine line up and launching new products. How could the world’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer stay behind then, right? Hence Hero MotoCorp has updated India’s favourite commuter motorcycle, the Splendor Plus and made it BS6 complaint. The first model to receive this update in the Splendor’s range was the Splendor Plus iSmart which has become India’s first bike to get a BS6 compliant engine.
The new Splendor has been launched in three variants. The base variant which comes with a kick-start and alloy wheels is priced at Rs 59,600 (Ex-Delhi) while the self-start version with alloy wheels is priced at Rs 61,900 (Ex-Delhi). The top of the line variant which comes with the i3S technology and self-start is priced at Rs 63,110 (Ex-Delhi). Now you might be wondering if the new Splendor BS6 costs the same or more than the outgoing BS4 model? Well, all three variants cost around Rs 6,000 more than the equivalent BS4-compliant variants.
In terms of changes, nothing has changed in terms of features on offer and its looks. However, the new Splendor Plus gets new decals. The major change has been done in the engine department as now it gets a fuel-injection system in place of a carburettor. This has led to a slight change in terms of the power the engine generates even though the torque output has remained unchanged.
The new BS6 Splendor Plus makes 7.9hp of power at 8,000rpm and 8.05Nm of peak torque at 6,000rpm. In comparison, the BS4 model made a slightly more power of 8.3hp at 8,000rpm. It generated the same torque output of 8.05Nm but it came earlier on the rev band at 5,000rpm instead of 6000rpm. The gearbox is the same 4-speed unit found in the BS4 Splendor Plus. All the changes made have led to 88% fewer NOx emissions.
Moreover, the top-spec Splendor Plus gets a better illumination for the headlamp along with a larger capacity fuel tank than before. It continues to offer a self-starter, alloy wheels, and i3s technology. Also, the mileage and colour schemes on offer have remained quite similar.
Due to the drop in power, the new model is slightly slower than the outgoing one. The BS4 model could get from a standstill to 60 kmph in about 7.20 seconds. The new BS6 model can do the same in around 7.45 seconds. However, the new BS6 model returns the same fuel efficiency of 61 kmpl and there are no changes here.
|Hero Splendor BS6||Hero Splendor BS4|
Acceleration 0-60 kmph
The new BS6 complaint Splendor offers slight changes in the package at a higher price. However, the price rise might be a bit more than some would have expected. Such a price hike by Hero MotorCorp might have been done due to the rising input costs and adverse market conditions. However, all the other bikes are expected to receive a price hike once updated to BS6 compliant engines. Hence it should negate the price hike of the new Splendor range to some extent.