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@Ankita Katdare • 30 Jan, 2014 • 2 likes
Hero MotoCorp India has unveiled a new concept bike nicknamed 'Hero RNT' that is powered by a diesel engine. The new scooter from Hero was unveiled at an event with four other vehicles. We thought Hero RNT deserves special coverage because of its freshness of features. Running on a 4-stroke, liquid-cooled 150cc engine, Hero RNT incorporates direct injection diesel technology with turbocharger as an option. According to the specifications shared by the company, the 150cc engine delivers 13.5 bhp at 4000 RPM. The bike produces 35 Nm of torque at 1600 RPM and is coupled with 6-speed gearbox. Hero feels that the motorcycle is uniquely designed to run on rugged Indian roads with comfort for the rider.

More on the features, you'll find that the Hero RNT bike sports 37 mm telescopic front forks and adjustable hydraulic shock absorber at the rear. The bike features a 300 mm multi-piston rotor at the front and 220 mm disc with a single piston calliper at the rear. The Hero RNT gains a speed of 60 km/hr from 0 in about 5 seconds and boasts of a top speed of 70 km/hr. It is 2029 mm long, 739 mm wide and has a height of 1077 mm. The weight of the Hero RNT is just 136 kgs which is light considering it’s a diesel bike. It can hold 6.0-litres of diesel when empty and the ground clearance is 168 mm.

The bike features front mounted LED main headlights which ensures visibility when the the front rack is loaded. The secondary LED headlight is removable and comes with an internal lithium-ion battery. The Hero RnT has wide flat loading surfaces along with strap bars and multi-use folding front, side and rear racks. Hero describes the design of the RNT as ‘rugged, utilitarian and practical’.

Hero-RNT-Concept-Bike

Hero RNT also brings in an option of a hub electric motor with an electric battery pack which channels up to 1.34 BHP of power to the front wheels. This is operated using a secondary throttle and can work independently or with the chain drive. Moreover, you can also opt for a stationary generator to make your Hero RNT a hybrid machine. This provides 1500 W of continuos electric power (6.5 A at 230 V). Among the aforementioned four vehicles - There's Leap - a hybrid scooter, Hero HXR250R - a 250 cc bike, Hero Dash - a 110cc scooter, Hero Xtreme Sports - a 150cc bike. The bike is slated to launch in 2015. But the question here is what do engineers here think about a diesel scooter/bike for India? Share your thoughts with us in comments below.

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