My mom always told me ‘If it’s not broken don’t fix it’ after taking a look at the New Hero Karizma after 2014, I started wishing someone had told Hero Motor Corp. the same thing. Hero recently unveiled the slightly upgraded version of the ever so stylish Karizma, the hero Karizma ZMR 2014 along with the Hero Karizma R 2014, recently at their event. The new so called upgraded version is quite a sight (not in the good way) and looks quite, for lack of a better word, ‘different’ from the front. The Hero Karizma 2014 launch date is expected to be some time in December 2013 or January 2014, but these are just speculations. Although there have been no formal announcements, the Price of Karizma ZMR 2014 in India is expected to come up to Rs. 1 lakh (once again, only speculations) or at least somewhere between the prices of Bajaj Pulsar 220 and TVS Apache RTR 180. While the Hero Karizma R Price in India is the same as its predecessor, Rs. 80,000.
Hero Karizma 2014 Price in India
Karizma ZMR – Rs. 1 Lakh
Karizma R – Rs. 90,000
In terms of aesthetics, the gentlemen Hero Motor Corp have been a major let down with this two wheeler. In the front the Hero Karizma ZMR 2014 features stacked twin LED headlights which look just downright ghastly. The designers must have picked up the stacked lights from Hyousung GT 250R and the LED DRL’s seem to come from Apache. The rear of the bike is much better than the front and is pretty stylish. The Karizma R is pretty much like the ZMR the only difference being that where the ZMR is a full fared bike, the Karizma R is a naked bike.
On the inside the Hero Karizma 2014 specifications are pretty much the same as they were in the previous one. It still carries the 223cc engine, although it has been tweaked and is expected to give an output of up to 20 to 21 BHP and a peak torque of somewhere between 18.35 to 19.70 Nm. There is actually a lot that Hero could have done to save their skin with this one and unfortunately they haven’t done any of it. Replacing the dual shock suspension with mono shock suspension would have been a great start.
The Hero Karizma ZMR 2014 is in all honesty quite hideous. It’s not pretty to look at and has almost the same stuff as its predecessor which for the record looked much better than this hack job.