05 January 2013 - 09:14
Mahindra reveals Pantero and Centuro
Mahindra 2-Wheelers had entered the motorcycle segment with its 110cc Stallio in 2010. But within six months, the company had to stop production of its debut motorcycle due to gearbox issues. Mahindra wanted to rectify the issues with the bike before it could get it out in the market again. And after nearly two years, Mahindra is ready with two new products in the commuter segment, the Pantero and the Centuro.
While the Pantero has been positioned as an entry-level 110cc motorcycle, the Centuro will be marketed as a more premium 110cc bike with better styling and enhanced features.
Both the motorcycles have been designed and developed by in-house engineers at Mahindra’s Pune R&D facility. The company has worked hard on developing the new 110cc MCi-5 (Micro Chip ignited 5 Curve) engine for these bikes which it claims is one of the most advance 110cc engine available in the market. Mahindra claims its new MCi-5 engine will be faster, offers better ride, and will be highly fuel efficient compared to its segment rivals.
The Pantero will be the first of the two bikes to go on sale and will be powered by the new 8.5bhp 110cc motor with an ARIA-claimed fuel efficiency figure of 79.4kpl. The bike gets features like full digital instrument cluster, LED pilot and tail lamps, and one of the longest seats in its segment. At the launch, the Pantero will be available in four colour shades and four variants, T1 (Self Start/Cast Alloy Wheels/ Digital Console), T2 (Self Start/ Cast Alloy Wheels/ Analog Console), T3 (Kick Start/ Cast Alloy Wheels/ Analog Console) and T4 (Kick Start/ Spoke/ Analog Console).
The Centuro, which will go on sale after the Pantero, will be powered by the same 110cc motor, but will sport additional features like a foldable key fob with torch, follow me lamps, anti-theft mechanism, engine immobiliser, digital instrument cluster, trip computer, service reminder and a riding mode display. These features have been patented by Mahindra 2-wheelers.
Although Mahindra has revealed the Pantero and Centuro motorcycles, it remains tight-lipped on the actual launch date and prices.
In another development, the company has also confirmed that its 300cc premium motorcycle, the Mojo, is in the final stages of development and will be launched in the Indian market soon.