2018 Hero Super Splendor i3S has been unveiled in Asia with deliveries starting from January 2018.
Despite showing interests in the lucrative performance motorcycle segment of the country, Hero MotoCorp definitely can not afford to ignore the commuter segment where it has enjoyed supremacy with the Splendor range till now. With the competition getting severe with every new launch, the domestic automaker chose to launch the updated 2018 Super Splendor i3S. Deliveries of the new model will start from the first week of January 2018.
The 2018 Hero Super Splendor i3S gets an updated design which includes new graphics, trapezoidal headlamp, silver-finish side cover, revised chrome muffler, wider rear tyre, updated seat profile, side reflector, under-seat storage and additional storage under the tank. In its new avatar, the motorcycle looks modern and more pleasing. Apart from a BS4 compliant motor, it also gets AHO (all-time headlamp ON) and i3S technology to save fuel. The company claims an impressive fuel efficiency of close to 80 km/l.
The bike comes with a new 125cc, air-cooled, 4-stroke engine that produces 11.4 PS at 7400 RPM and 11 Nm at 6000 RPM, churning out 27% more power and 6% more torque than the older model. Top speed is rated at 94 km/hr. Fed by a carburettor, it comes mated to a 4-speed constant mesh gearbox. In the 2018 version, the angle of the cylinder has been reportedly changed. The i3S iSmart is a start-stop technology which proves to be helpful in stop-go traffic conditions and traffic signals.
The suspension setup comprises of telescopic forks at the front and 5-step adjustable shock absorbers at the rear. Braking department is headed by 130 mm drum brakes for the front as well as the rear wheel. The inclusion of a front disc brake would have made it a more desirable package. The 2018 Super Splendor i3S rides on 2.75/18 tyres wrapped around 5-spoke alloy wheels finished in black.
With a 13-litre fuel tank, the 2018 Super Splendor i3S will continue to offer a healthy range for commuting. While there is no official word about the price yet, the 2018 version is expected to see a price hike of around Rs. 2000/- over the current price of Rs. 55,379/- (ex-showroom, Mumbai). The 2018 Super Splendor i3S will primarily take the fight to the Honda CB Shine and TVS Star City.
The 2018 Hero Super Splendor comes in the following colours – Black with Purple Graphics, Black with Fiery Red Graphics, Black with Silver Graphics, Candy Blazing Red and Heavy Grey with Blue Graphics.
2018 Hero Super Splendor i3S
– Gets updated graphics, redesigned exteriors and improved fuel efficiency
– Powered by 125cc engine developing 11.4 PS of power
– Deliveries will commence from the first week of January 2018