The grand fair of the Indian Automotive world came to an end a few days ago. The Auto Expo 2016 concluded with many unveils, launches and showcase of products. Many impressed us while some just stood there trying. Nonetheless it was a good show put together by the automakers but still made us crave for more. Speaking about some ‘impressed us’ products, here is our list of top five two wheelers that managed to find their way to our good books.
Honda Unicorn 150
This list goes in no particular order, but still we kept the Honda Unicorn on top of the list. Believe it or not, the relaunch news gathered more cheer and whistles than any other. We just updated you guys about the news and our inbox is running out of space with questions about the details.
Powering the Unicorn 150 is the same old 149.1cc Air cooled, 4 stroke, single cylinder SI engine that makes 13.14hp of power at 8,500rpm and a peak torque of 12.84 Nm at 5,500rpm. The power is sent to the rear wheel by a 5-speed transmission. The tech-mech and the feeling of the bike remain the same. The bike has been priced at INR 67778 ex-showroom Delhi.
While some of you are in tears because of Honda getting back your old love, kindly embrace yourself since there are 4 more to go.
Yamaha MT 09
Yamaha had stars at their pavilion. We all know who made their show big and a crowd puller, their brand ambassador. Well the Bollywood star was astride another much awaited 847cc star of the Yamaha constellation, the Yamaha MT-09!
With an intention to strengthen its super bike lineup in the Indian market, Yamaha launched their Flagship model of the MT series at the Auto Expo. The MT-09 draws power from a newly developed 847cc, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, in-line triple-cylinder, fuel-injected engine. The engine spouts a power figure of 115hp at 10,000rpm and a peak torque of 87.5Nm at 8,500rpm. The power is sent to the wheels by a 6-speed gearbox. The bike rolls out with a pricetag of INR 10,20,000/- (Ex showroom in Delhi).
Anyways don’t hurry to be the first customer of the bike since Yamaha already gifted on the Bollywood star making him the first customer of the MT-09.
Next in the line is…
Hero MotoCorp HX250
Hero MotoCorp showcased the HX250R at the Auto Expo 2014 and they showcased it again at the Auto Expo 2016. You ask what the difference is. They dropped the ‘R’, yup you read it right, it is called the Hero MotoCorp HX250. The production of the bike got delayed due to its original design firm going bankrupt and so on. And now claimed to be re-touched by their in-house R&D firm and since the power figures are officially out, we can expect the bike to roll out soon.
The HX250 is powered by a new 249cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled fuel-injected engine that generates 31.4hp at 9000 rpm and 23 Nm of torque at 7000rpm. The 6-speed gearbox pushes power to the rear wheels and is claimed to attain165 kmph of top speed. The HX250 will also be the first bike in its segment to feature two riding modes- City and Sport.
TVS BMW G310 R
TVS-BMW G 310 R was showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo at the BMW Motorrad pavilion. The entry-level BMW Motorrad product has been developed by the German and will be manufactured by TVS motorcycles in India. None of the two companies talked about its launch at the Auto Expo. The bike silently stood at its booth for visitors to have a glance.
A newly developed 313cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine will power the G310 R. The engine is equipped with four valves and two overhead camshafts together with electronic fuel injection. The bike boasts impressive power figures – 34 hp at 9,500 rpm and peak torque of 28Nm at 7,500 rpm.
We have seen that TVS has not been great with tie-ups, it is about time to see how the Indo-German team and their bike perform once the bike in brought to the shelves.
Yes Honda Navi features in the list! There are a few who have completely disliked the Navi idea, but there are many (like us) who have liked the concept and are eager lay their hands on range. The whole range comprises of colourful peppy mini motos. Here is our in-depth report on the Honda Navi. It is the first model to be completely designed and developed by Honda R&D in India.
The Navi is powered by a 110 cc single-cylinder engine with HET (Honda Eco Technology) that is good for 7.83 hp at 7,000 rpm and a peak torque of 8.96 Nm at 5,500 rpm. The engine is mated to the V-matic transmission that pushes the power to the wheels and can go ahead to a top speed of 81 km/h. The standard Navis will roll out in 5 colour options – Patriot Red, Hopper Green, Shasta White, Sparky Orange and Black. It also offers a whole bunch of customization options through switchable body panels. The Navi range will bear prictag starting from INR 39,500 (Ex-showroom price, Delhi).
Here is our Part one of the story, stay tuned for the Part two which will be up in just no time!