Editorial Review of the Hero MotoCorp Passion Pro bike
The 'Passion' brand has been a significant name for Hero Motocorp since last 14 years, which can be easily credited as the initiator of premium 100cc commuters in India. It was introduced as a premium offering over the plain but rock-solid Splendor, as a more stylish package. The past years of its existence has seen the motorcycle evolving to a huge extent, under which the motorcycle has seen major cosmetic upgrades and minor mechanical tweaks.
First, the styling. The Hero Passion Pro has evolved much from the first generation Passion and the midlife version Passion Plus. The headlight is now encased within a larger fairing which looks proportionate with the size of the bike. The fuel tank has not at all changed in its whole life cycle, though it is a sleek and decent looking unit. The same philosophy goes for the side and rear body panels as well, and the rear now accommodates a large tail light, accompanied by body colored pillion grab rail. The bike is available in two-tone paint schemes, which provide a vibrant air to a rather dated silhoutte. As per the current norms, the engine and alloy wheels have been blackened as well. The instrument console is a combination of an analog speedometer with an LCD panel showcasing odometer, tripmeter and fuel gauge. Overall, Hero Motocorp has managed to spruce up the Passion Pro by an applauding margin.
The engine is the same tried and tested 4-stroke, single cylinder 97.2cc engine, which churns out 7.8 PS of power and 8.04 Nm of torque. The engine carries all the supreme traits of being a refined and smooth mill as every other Hero (or say, Honda) engine, and promises to deliver the most out of every stroke of the it. The gear ratios from the 4-speed gearbox are well spread out to make the maximum use of torque spread out in lower rev range. The fuel efficiency in the range of 65-70 kmpl in the real world conditions are enough to seal the deal.
Passions have always been famous for their 'easy to ride' nature, and the Pro version continues the legacy as well. The bike sports a rather dated setup of front telescopic forks and rear hydraulic coil springs, but perform extremely well to tackle the worse road conditions with ease. The ride is supple and thus, fits to be perfectly used for city commuting. The light weighted chassis further aids in good handling prowess. The brakes too perform well, in symphony with the other mechanicals, and the option of a front disc brake is a catch as well.
Overall, the Hero Passion pro lives up to its name of an extremely usable machine, which is easy on pocket to ride and maintain as well. Though dressed up in modern avatar, it carries all the genes of old Hero Honda bikes with the factors of fuel efficiency and reliability, which makes it a considerable buy even after being in the presence of next generation commuters in the market today.