It is being said that India is a land of culture. True. But there has been a tremendous amount of growth in a culture which none of the sadhus & gurus could tell about. It’s the biking culture. Over the last few years the biking culture in India has flourished and so has been the two wheeler market. With people wanting more power, performance and looks, international brands have oozed their way into India and they all are in a run to establish themselves here. We all saw a prosperous 2015 and we’re all super excited to see what 2016 will bring. We’re here presenting you with some of the anticipated 2016 upcoming bikes in India.
1. TVS Apache 200
We have put the Apache 200 at first in our list of 2016 upcoming bikes in India because it’s been quite a while now since TVS has launched a performance oriented product and also it’s been testing the test mule of the Apache 200 in Indonesia. We’ve seen spy pictures of the mule a few times. Although highly disguised, but still it can be said that it was the Apache 200. Many young riders are eagerly waiting for this bike. The original Apache RTR series has got a strong fan following and every biker’s hope and expectations from the Apache 200 are very high.
The upcoming TVS Apache 200 will be giving tough competition to its rivals like the KTM Duke 200 & the Bajaj Pulsar RS 200. It is being said that the bike could also be faster than the Duke. It’s been anticipated that TVS’s new product will run on a single cylinder, 200cc, liquid cooled motor that could generate a max power of around 28 PS & 22-25 Nm of peak torque. It sounds exciting. And we’re sure every biker would like to see this in reality.
The new TVS Apache 200 will have looks inspired from the Draken concept which the company showcased in Auto Expo 2014. We’re expecting to get a glimpse of the bike in the Auto Expo 2016. As far as price and launch date is concerned, we are anticipating that it will be priced above Rs 1 lakh mark and it would hit showrooms by mid of 2016.
2. Bajaj Pulsar CS 400
Bajaj got us shocked when it showcased its future products in Auto Expo 2014. One of those products was the Pulsar CS 400. It was desired by many because it stood apart from the usual motorcycles which the masses are used to see. Bajaj Pulsar CS 400, when launched, will mark the entry of Bajaj into powerful cruiser segment. At present Bajaj only has the Avenger series as cruisers. But when compared to the CS 400 the Avenger looks like a midget.
Sources have revealed that it’s quite a possibility that Bajaj would launch the CS 400 in India in 2016. The engine of the bike will be extremely powerful spitting out around 40 BHP of max power & around 32 Nm of peak torque. It is also being anticipated that this bike will be coming with ABS as standard, thank God.
In terms of styling, probability of seeing the CS 400 exactly the same as we saw it in the Auto Expo 2014 is less but it will be similar to it for sure. There are many innovative ideas behind the detailing on the bike. We’re excited to get a first look of it and we’re hoping Bajaj wouldn’t disappoint its fans. The price of the CS 400 is expected to be under Rs 2 lakh mark.
3. Hero HX250R
Hero shook hands with EBR a few years ago & since then we started expecting Hero to be working on something spectacular. But it would be this great we didn’t see that coming. Hero completely blew our brains out when it unveiled the HX250R in 2014. No one had a clue what’s coming. Now after a couple of years in, we think that Hero must have progressed with the HX250R. It is definitely going to be the company’s top notch product.
It looks fantastic. In fact it is the best looking product which Hero has ever made. It seems that Hero is done being taunted and teased for its not-so-good looking and under powered bikes. Powering the HX250R will be a 250cc single cylinder engine which has been worked upon to churn out around 31 BHP of max power and 26 Nm of peak torque. The engine will be a liquid cooled motor equipped with fuel injection. A 6-speed transmission will be responsible for transmitting the power to the rear wheel. The entire machine weighs only 139 kgs! The exhaust has been mounted just under the rear seat. The brakes are borrowed from ByBre and they’re big! Hero might also give ABS as optional. Well, it seems that Hero has got all the necessary ingredients for a perfect recipe. Now it depends on how they deliver the dish! Price of the HX250R should be somewhere around Rs 1.5 lakhs.
4. Yamaha MT 03
Yamaha has unveiled its entire range of products at the EICMA this year. It has also launched its R3 in India earlier this year. Now it’s the turn of the new MT 03 to hit Indian shores. The MT 03 will be, as you would have already guessed, a naked version of the R3. Yamaha has ditched the fairings, altered the riding position & added a new headlight in the R3 and it gave birth to the MT 03. The bike looks amazing and it would become the dream bike of many naked bike lovers.
Everything else in the MT 03 is same as that of the R3. For some it would be a good thing, who liked the R3 but didn’t appreciate the aggressive riding stance will love the MT 03. The underpinning of the MT 03 is borrowed from the R3 as well. The only thing we’re wishing for is an optional ABS!
It’s 321cc parallel twin motor will produce around 42 PS of power and 27 Nm of torque. Mated to a 6-speed gearbox the MT 03 will be a fun bike to ride. The expected price of the bike is over Rs 3 lakh! Well we’ll get to know more about it at the Auto Expo 2016.
5. Royal Enfield Himalayan
Royal Enfield Himalayan is quite a name, isn’t it? Yeah. It’s the latest motorcycle which the company is working on. The test mule of the same has been spotted a few times being tested out in the open. Royal Enfield is a large community in itself. The new Himalayan is being looked upon by many Enfield riders. With the Himalayan RE is trying to reach out to people who likes to cruise long distances. The Himalayan would be able to tackle off roads too. There has been a lot of development made for the Himalayan. It is being said that RE will put a 380cc engine in the new bike and just like other Enfields this too will have a good low end torque.
It will be exciting to see a new kind of motorcycle in RE’s menu. Off roading on an Enfield does sound cool. Expect the bike to launch somewhere in the mid of 2016 and it would carry a price tag of Rs 1.5-1.7 lakh.
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