2018 Hero Passion X Pro first ride review
The Passion Pro, the Hero Splendor's stylish sibling, is now on offer in an even more stylish avatar.
What is it?
The X in its name might hint at off-road virtues but the Passion X Pro is merely a more stylised Passion Pro. Its powertrain is identical, though there's other significant mechanical changes, not to mention enough and more styling changes to distinguish the two motorcycles apart.
The Passion X Pro tries to up the Passion Pro's style quotient in the 110cc commuter space further
What's it got?
In terms of design the Passion X Pro is snazzier looking than the Passion Pro as it gets a different headlamp unit, replete with pilot lamps. The Passion X Pro also gets a set of tank extensions that add to its sportier looks, though its seat isn't as curvy or sporty to look at as compared to the Passion Pro's. The Passion X Pro also gets an LED tail light and different body panels. The 109cc, air-cooled single cylinder engine producing 9.5PS and 9Nm of torque and the four-speed gearbox are both identical to the Passion Pro's. The Passion X Pro also features Hero's i3S technology to improve fuel efficiency through its start-stop system, just like its sibling.
The Passion X Pro's instrument cluster is a snazzier looking unit as compared to the Passion Pro's
Talking about differences, the Passion X Pro's rear suspension is stiffer to make it a better handler. The Passion X Pro is also 5mm longer at 1967mm, thanks to its longer wheelbase of 1249mm (the Passion Pro's wheelbase stands at 1236mm), which is courtesy the X Pro's longer swingarm. The changes have also made the Passion X Pro heavier as it weighs 119kg as compared to the Passion Pro's 116kg. Interestingly, the Passion X Pro gets a smaller, 9.2-litre fuel tank as compared to the Passion Pro's 11-litre tank. Another important difference is that the Passion X Pro gets tubeless tyres, while the Passion Pro doesn't.
How is it to ride?
The result of the changes is the Passion X Pro's sportier handling. It feels more adept at slicing through traffic or making quick directional changes. The Passion X Pro though has a bit of vibration come in through the footpegs and handlebar when the engine is pushed to its limits, something I didn't experience on the Passion Pro. Performance isn't different given the identical outputs and obviously, the weight difference of 3kg is too minute to affect engine performance.
The Hero Passion X Pro uses a slightly stiffer rear suspension than the Passion Pro and gets tubeless tyres as well
The stiffer rear suspension means the Passion X Pro trades ride quality for a sharper focus on handling and while there's isn't a huge difference, the Passion X Pro does feel wee bit better when it comes to riding enthusiastically. That apart, there isn't much to differentiate it from the Passion Pro on the road.
The Passion X Pro is clearly meant for someone wanting a commuter with a sportier intent than the average 110cc motorcycle. It's powertrain is the same as the Passion Pro's and thus the Passion X Pro should be as efficient if not better, though its better handling does make it more engaging to ride. Given the differences the Passion X Pro should be priced just marginally above the Passion Pro when it goes on sale next month and we expect it to retails at around Rs 55,000.