The Passion Pro is one of Hero’s best-selling motorcycles of all-time. While it was just as efficient and reliable as the Splendor, it also brought to the fore a smattering of style as well. As a result, it was one commuter that appealed to the style-conscious amongst the masses. For 2015, Hero Motorcorp has introduced an all-new Passion Pro, replete with a slew of changes. We test it to find out what’s improved!
The Passion Pro is one smart-looking motorcycle. Its design seems quite refined and seamless, giving it an attractive look. It is complemented by a set of dapper 6-spoke alloy wheels, a sharp rear-end, a really cool-looking tail lamp, and subtle graphics, all of which give it a lively edge. We think that the Passion Pro is one of the better looking motorcycles in the category. Build quality is quite good too, with good quality materials employed in its construction.
The 2015 Passion Pro gets the same tried-and-tested 97.2cc mill from Hero. It is a smooth motor, which develops 8.24 bhp and 8.05 Nm of torque. It offers sprightly acceleration up to 60 kmph, and there seems to be adequate torque to pull from low speeds in high gears. The only issue we faced was the four-speed gearbox, which felt clunky while shifting through the cogs.
The Passion Pro is a compact motorcycle, which lends it agility to trickle though small gaps in traffic with ease. The ride quality is quite good too. While it isn’t overtly supple, it still manages to soak up bumps credibly.
The Passion Pro comes with drum brakes on both wheels as standard. While they feel adequate for city use, we suggest you go for the optional disc brake variant, as it offers better stopping power.
The 2015 Passion Pro comes with a plethora of practical features such as a pass light switch, side-stand on indicator, and a digital information display. Alloy wheels and electric start come as optional extras on the bike.
The 2015 Hero Passion Pro is available in five variants and a selection of eight colour combinations. Prices for the bike start at Rs 47,850 (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the base variant, which comes with drum brakes, wire spoke wheels, and only a kick-starter. The top-end variant of the Passion Pro gets alloy wheels, a front disc brake, and an electric starter, and is priced at Rs 52,700 (ex-showroom, Delhi).
The new Hero Passion Pro feels better than its stable-mates in many ways. It looks very appealing, is quite smooth, and offers adequate performance for the city. Moreover, it gets a host of nifty features, which add a lot of value to the bike. It goes without saying that it is exceptionally fuel-efficient, and will be easy on the pocket to purchase and run. If you are in the market for a reliable and fuss-free commuter under Rs 55,000, the Passion Pro makes a very good case for itself.
|Engine||Air-cooled, 4-stroke single cylinder|
|Power||7.6 bhp @ 7500 rpm|
|Torque||8.04 Nm @ 4500 rpm|
|Chassis Type||Tubular double cradle frame|
|Brakes||Front:Drum, dia 130 mm, Internal expanding shoe type
Rear:Drum, dia 130 mm, Internal expanding shoe type
|Suspension||Front:Telescopic hydraulic shock absorbers
Rear:Swing arm with hydraulic shock absorber
|Fuel Tank Capacity||12.8|