01 July 2013 - 08:59
Launched: Mahindra Centuro
Because, and only because you didn't have enough 110cc commuter bike options in India right now*, Mahindra Two Wheelers have launched the Centuro motorcycle to fulfill India's budget dreams.
The 106.7cc Centuro is priced at Rs 45,000 (ex-showroom, Delhi), with Mahindra promising a healthy five-year warranty. This puts the Centuro up against the likes of Honda Dream Yuga and Hero Passion motorcycles. The Centuro shares the same 8.5bhp producing, MCi-5 motor as the company’s Pantero motorcycle, which went on sale earlier this year. However the engines in both motorcycles are tuned differently and sport a different intake and ignition system.
Let's just say the Centuro is essentially a more premium version of the Pantero, with the major difference between the two being the Centuro’s host of features, which have never before been seen on an 110cc commuter motorcycle in India. These include a unique instrument cluster that houses a tachometer and digital readouts for speedo, odo and trip meters respectively; service indicator and even a distance-to-empty reading. A stand-out feature of the Centuro is its multifunctional (car-like) flip key with 96-bit encryption, meant to prevent theft. This key functions the follow-me-home lights that stay on for while after the key is removed from the ignition, flashing lights with an alarm that aids locating the motorcycle in crowded parking lots, and a LED torch on the key to help find the ignition slot in case you’ve parked in a low-lit area.
The Centuro is currently offered as a single option, with no additional variants. Finally, Mahindra also teased the launch of the Mahindra Mojo by March 2014. First impressions on the bike an price, TopGearers? Talk to us in the comments below.
*sarcastic statement, completely untrue.