Editorial Review of the Hero MotoCorp Passion Pro bike
The original Passion model was rolled out in 2001 and got an upgrade in the form of the Passion Plus in the year 2003. Since then, the bike has been selling in large numbers and caters to those people who need a comfortable and efficient commuter bike that also has a style statement attached to it. Infact, over the years, the ‘Passion’ model named has earned a reputation of being a ‘luxury’ 100cc bike in the market! In 2008, the company rolled out an even better version called the Passion Pro. Today, looks wise, the bike boasts of an attractive little visor up front, catchy graphics, all black treatment for the alloy wheels, engine and exhaust and additionally, gets a radical twin bulb back light. It is sold in a total of seven color options and wears 2.75” and 3.00” inch tyres on 18-inch alloy wheels at the front and rear respectively. The company knows that the Passion Pro will be used a lot in city and hence the seat has been well padded and overall ergonomics made relaxed for comfort on a daily basis. It gets a semi digital speedometer console for a sporty touch. The Passion Pro is powered by the same engine that powers other 100cc bikes from Hero MotoCorp – this is also the largest selling engine in the world and one of the most reliable one too. The displacement, power and torque remains same as other 100cc models (97.2cc, 7.8PS, 8.04Nm) while the fuel economy is slightly up at 84kmpl. As is the case with other Hero MotoCorp offerings, the Passion Pro is a delight to ride in slow speed city traffic. At 119kg, the bike also on the heavier side, and it gives it a sense of stability over bad roads. The stand out features in this bike includes alloy wheels, front disc brake option and electric start option. The new Hero MotoCorp sells in the range of Rs 46,450 – Rs 47,450 (ex-Delhi), making it one of the most expensive commuter bikes in India.