Hero MotoCorp Limited is the largest 2-wheeler manufacturer in the world. In the Indian two-wheeler market, the Hero brand has a share of nearly 46%. HML was formed in 2011 after their split up with Japanese Honda Motors and has prospered by timely refreshing their products and launching new products.
The Hero Passion Pro is the second best selling 100 cc bike from the Hero brand behind the Splendor series. Its predecessor, the Passion has come out long back in 2001. The Passion Pro was launched in 2008. A refreshed model has come out in 2013. The Passion Pro is a stylish commuter bike coming in shades of sports red, leaf green, force silver, yellow, black, black and blue and black and sports red. The Passion Pro is available with kick and self start options and in alloy or spoke wheel variants. The bike is priced from Rupees 46,000 to 48,200. The variant with disc brakes on both sides is priced Rupees 48.200.
The Passion Pro is powered by a 97.2 cc, 7.8 bhp, 8.04 Nm torque air cooled engine with side draft variable vacuum venturi type fuel system and DC digital CDI with TCIS ignition system. The transmission is 4 speed manual with chain drive and wet multi plate clutch. The fuel efficiency is nearly 70 kmpl. The bike takes 11.9 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 60 kmph and has a top speed of 110 kmph.
The Passion Pro has an instrument panel with an analogue speedometer, a digital fuel meter and a low oil alarm. The battery is 12V, 3 Ah (4 Ah for self start) capacity. The head lights are 35w halogen trapezoidal multi reflector fittings and the tail and brake lights multi reflector twin bulb fittings. There are 4 amber coloured clear lens MFR turn lights and a 3w position light.
The dimensions of the Passion Pro are 1980 mm length, 1235 mm wheel base and 165 mm ground clearance. The fuel tank capacity is 12.8 (1 reserve) litre and the weight is 116 to 119 kg. The minimum turning radius is 1.9 m. The 18” wheels have 2.75×18-42P tyres at the front and 3×18-52P tyres at the rear. The brakes are 240 mm disc type at the front and either 240mm disc or 130 mm drum at the rear.
The mileage, the ride quality, a new engine, the disc brake option and bold styling are advantageous for the Passion Pro. The lack of tubeless tyres and the high price are some of the points that works against this bike. The Honda Dream Yuga, the LML Freedom and the TVS Star City are the main competitors for the Passion Pro.