TVS Radeon, an all-new motorcycle in the 110cc commuter segment from Pune based automaker. The segment which is shared among contenders like Hero Splendor Plus, Bajaj Platina and Honda CD 110 Dream DX, how would this new member perform, its questionable? However, the time will say. Here in this post, we are going to compare segment’s best-selling Hero Splendor and newcomer, TVS Radeon on write down factors.
Significant One- Pricing:
TVS Radeon with alloy wheels and drum brakes, an exclusive variant is put on sale at INR 48,400 (ex-showroom, Delhi).
|Hero Splendor Plus||Kick-Start Spoke Wheel||48,400|
|Hero Splendor Plus||Kick-Start Alloy Wheel||49,400|
|Hero Splendor Plus||Self-Start Alloy Wheel||51,400|
The best selling Hero Splendor Plus, on the other hand, is being offered in three variants-base trim with spoked wheels at INR 48,400, a mid-variant with alloy wheels priced at 49,400. While to purchase the top end self-start trim, one has to shell out INR 51,400.
As compared to rivals’ top end variant, TVS Radeon is an affordable offering that comes with a number of premium features with a few first in segment features. Including self-start-function, alloy wheels and rear grab rails with a carrier as standard fittings. In addition to this, the TVS Radon is equipped with a USB charging port, white daytime running lamps, side stand indicator with a beeper, and a synchronised braking technology. All in all, Radeon is value for money vehicle in the segment with eyeballs grabbing aesthetics.
Talking about the TVS Radeon first, it’s skeleton is of a typical commuter type that’s clearly meant for pulling the group of people looking to purchase a commuter motorcycle. But there are bits of components which made the bike stand apart in crowd comprising knee pads on the fuel tank, the golden brown engine cover and the brown seat. These premium bits could turn into automaker’s favour, which will come out in future, no concrete words.
For a long time in the Indian market, Hero Splendor Plus looks decent yet stylish in the segment. It features rectangular headlight with cowl, a spacious-comfortable seat and a sturdy grab rail with a luggage rack. In terms of styling, the motorcycle comes draped in modern avatar with new body graphics, alloy wheels and new paint scheme. Also, one thing it led the market in the segment. That automatically increase its beauty in the eyes of the crowd.
In terms of powertrain both the competitors, the TVS Radeon and the Hero Splendor Plus are packed with the similar type of powertrain, a single cylinder, air cooled engine. However, they share different displacement volume of 109.7cc and 102cc respectively. They come paired with a four-speed manual transmission. The churned power of the TVS Radeon bolted unit is 8.3bhp at 7,000 rpm while the transmitted torque is 8.7 Nm @ 5,000 rpm. On the other hand, without much difference, the Splendor Plus uses 8.3 bhp @ 7,000 rpm and 8.31Nm @ 7,500 rpm. Comparatively, TVS Radeon is slightly more torquey though that difference doesn’t even matter.
|Specification||TVS Radeon||Hero Splendor Plus|
|Displacement||109.7 cc||97.2 cc|
|Max Power||8.3 bhp @ 7,000 rpm||8.3 bhp @ 8,000 rpm|
|Max Torque||8.7 Nm @ 5,000 rpm||8.05 Nm @ 5,000 rpm|
|Claimed Efficiency||69.3 kmpl||81 kmpl|
|Ground Clearance||180 mm||159 mm|
Priced at INR 48,400 (ex-showroom, Delhi), TVS Radeon with alloy wheels and drum brakes is an affordable offering as compared to the Hero Splendor Plus top end variant that costs INR 51,400. Other than this, the motorcycle features premium bits including headlamp with chrome bezels, golden engine cover, brown seat, car type instrument console, and synchronised braking system. In terms of power both the bikes use similar type engine with almost identical power figures.
If the motorcycle appreciated by the masses, the TVS Radeon could turn out a game changer for the Pune based automaker. Well, it wouldn’t be that easy the Splendor Plus is the leader in the segment, the Radeon can bite in market share. Though, giving a tough competition is not easy. Time will tell, what we can do, just wait and watch.