Just after Bajaj launched the new Platina 100ES with a whopping 96.9kmpl, arch rival Hero MotoCorp has followed suit. Hero’s Splendor iSmart has now pipped the Bajaj Platina 100ES with a claimed fuel efficiency of 102.5kmpl. The Splendor iSmart was launched late last year and is the first Hero motorcycle to have a low cost stop-start technology. At the time of launch, like its other products, Hero didn’t specify the fuel efficiency numbers but it seems the heat from the competition finally got onto the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturer.
The Hero Splendor iSmart is powered by a proven 97.2cc single cylinder air cooled engine which makes 7.8PS/8.04Nm. The start-stop technology switch is located where you should usually find the engine kill switch. At traffic signals, when the bike is in neutral and the clutch is not engaged, after 10 seconds the engine shuts off and when you want to start the engine, simply pulling in the clutch does the trick. In our stringent city fuel efficiency tests, the Hero Splendor iSmart had returned 46.25kmpl with the iSmart system switched off and 2kmpl more with the system on. Do note that this test was conducted with the motorcycle being ridden in the worst of traffic conditions. In regular conditions, the Splendor iSmart returned 56.3kmpl, which was still significantly lower than other 100-110cc motorcycles.