Mahindra TwoWheelers unveils the India-spec 2013 Pantero 110 and Centuro 110 commuter motorcycles
After a hiatus that lasted a couple of years, Mahindra TwoWheelers has reintroduced the erstwhile Stallio 110 commuter motorcycle in the Indian two wheeler market. However, the Stallio 110 is now renamed as the Pantero 110, and along with the new name, the 110cc commuter motorcycle gets a re-engineered four stroke engine. Mahindra TwoWheelers launched the Stallio 110 in 2010, as its first commuter motorcycle in the big volume commuter segment. Months later, the Stallio 110 was pulled off the market on the back of gearbox gremlins. Ever since, Mahindra TwoWheelers has been reworking on this motorcycle to improve reliability and refinement levels.
It’s taken Mahindra TwoWheelers nearly two years to iron out the niggles from the Stallio 110, and while they were at it, the 110cc four stroke engine saw a comprehensive re-engineering. The 110cc engine, now called the MCi-5, gets a higher power and torque output. This engine now produces 8.5 Bhp of peak power at 7,500 rpm while peak torque is rated at 8.5 Nm at 5,500 rpm. These figures are higher than the older engine, which produces 7.2 Bhp and 8 Nm. The new engine comes with 5 ignition maps, which Mahindra TwoWheelers claims, makes it the most advanced 110cc four stroke engine in the Indian 2 wheeler market.
Mahindra claims an ARAI certified fuel economy figure of 79.4 Kmpl for the Pantero 110. Apart from the tweaked engine, the chassis has also been reworked. The chassis now weighs 1.2 kilograms lighter than that on the Stallio, and along with the lighter chassis, the Pantero 110 also gets better suspension and MRF Zapper tyres. All these measures are expected to make the Pantero 110 a better handler than before. The seat gets a wee bit longer and wider and this should make the going comfortable for bigger built riders. The styling of the Pantero remains bog similar to the Stallio, with the only major changes being on the stickers front.
The Pantero will be available in four different 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 Pantero comes with 130mm drum brakes at both ends, which is par for the class. All in all, the Pantero 110 is a much improved product when compared to the discontinued Stallio 110 and with the Pantero, Mahindra TwoWheelers will be hoping to make a mark in the ultra competitive entry level commuter motorcycle segment, which has the likes of the Hero Honda Splendor, Bajaj Discover 100 and the Honda Dream Yuga 110 dominating proceedings.
While the Pantero 110′s price will be announced soon with sales beginning in the next few weeks, the motorcycle will be followed by another commuter motorcycle from the Mahindra TwoWheelers’ stable in the form of the Centuro 110. Essentially, the Centuro 110 is a premium version of the Pantero. While the 110cc four stroke engine remains unchanged, the Centuro gets new styling and this includes the bikini fairing. Shades of the Mojo make an appearance on the Centuro 110, with the faux frame inserts underneath the fuel tank. the Centuro gets a boat load of interesting features, stuff that makes it one of the most loaded motorcycles in the Indian commuter motorcycle market.
Here’s a round up of the new class leading features that make it onto the Centuro 110,
* Foldable key fob with torch
* Follow me lamps
* Anti-theft mechanism
* Engine immobiliser
* Digital instrument cluster
* Trip computer
* Service reminder
* Riding mode display
The Centuro 110 will be priced higher than the Pantero and will be positioned as a premium commuter motorcycle from Mahindra TwoWheelers. The launch of the Centuro 110 will happen over the next months, along with its pricing announcement. Like the Pantero, the Centuro 110 will be sold across the country, through Mahindra TwoWheelers dealerships.