Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Yamaha R25 Video

These are the words that Valentino Rossi’s parted lips let out after taking the Yamaha R25 Prototype vehicle for a test spin. The breaking news for the day is the official unveiling of the most awaited bike from Yamaha – a 250cc, quite naturally called the R25. It has been unwrapped at the ongoing Tokyo Motor Show in Japan.
R25 comes equipped with a 249cc in-line 2-cylinder liquid cooled engine mated to a 6 speed gearbox. As you can see, R25 is heavily inspired from Yamaha’s MotoGP machine the M1!
Considering what we see in the prototype form now, the production R25 is definitely expected to leave us spellbound with its flowing creases and handling prowess (taking R15′s handiwork in mind).
Yamaha Motor has uploaded a video of the same at their official YouTube channel; you can watch it below and do share how many of you have started saving for this beast…

Monday, July 8, 2013

Mahindra Centuro Launched at 45000/- INR Ex-Showroom Delhi

We are here at the gorgeous Pink City to witness a new entrant as it unfolds itself; a new entrant to one of the toughest segments in Motown. Ravaged by surging fuel prices as well as a balooning inflation, this segment has many old, established satraps which will make every move tough for this new entrant. Pricing will be the cornerstone of the success for this new entrant; it already has set the ball in the court of the older, established ones by boasting of some innovative, never-really-found-in-this-segment features.
Will this new entrant be able to thrive in the murky waters? Will Mahindra Centuro be able to draw first blood??

Read on and keep refreshing this page as we keep bringing the fresh news for you. It’s all happening here at the moment at The Marriott in Jaipur!!
Mahindra Two Wheelers Limited is the two-wheeler arm of the corporate giant Mahindra and Mahindra. They have been around in the two-wheeled arena for sometime with their Power Scooter range of Rodeo and Duro. They even had a motorcycle named as the Stallio, but we are sure they would like to forget about it and move ahead!! Nevertheless, Mahindra needs to build some spunk to break the shackles and move into a higher orbit.
With the Centuro, they are aiming at exactly that!!
Keep tuned to us as we bring the latest updates.
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Mr. Anand Mahindra has himself flown down to Jaipur, which definitely indicates that Mahindra is betting big on the Centuro. They have gifted it with a catchy tagline, “It’s Great to be Me!”. We were also shown the official TVC that will be aired from 5th of this month.
Meanwhile, Mahindra just spilled the beans on their future plans. They are about to launch…hold your breath…as many as 10 new products !! Safely expect an average of 1 product unveiling per quarter…woah !! That’s ambitious !!!
We have the latest word from The Marriott in Jaipur, and we are extremely delighted to inform you that Mahindra has unveiled the Centuro at an unbelievable price of 45000/- INR (Ex-Showroom Delhi) for the fully loaded trim.
And there is more…..the first 10000 bookings will get a price tag of 44000/- INR !!
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Mahindra Centuro Technical Specifications and Important Pointers :-
  • It is powered by a 106.7 cc 4-Stroke, MCI-5 Engine
  • MCI-5 stands for Micro-Chip Ignited 5-Curve; it possesses five ignition maps and we are told it adjusts itself according to the need of the hour, whether power or fuel-efficiency
  • It can churn out a peak power of 8.5 PS@7500 rpm. Peak torque is rated to be 8.5 Nm@5500 rpm
  • Though exactly similar to the mill on the Pantero, we are also told the mill on the Centuro will be less vibey.
  • Centuro possesses a lower saddle height than Pantero at 800 mm, but surprisingly it also boasts of a higher ground clearance as well. Centuro is 31 mm longer and 61 mm higher than the earlier offering, Mahindra Pantero.
  • Centuro returns an ARAI certified Fuel Efficiency figures of 85.4kmpl.
  • Centuro is definitely beefy-looking with those Mojo-inspired Torso-tubes but it is not bulky at all; 111 kgs is all it weighs.
Unique features of the Mahindra Centuro :-
Mahindra Two Wheelers Limited definitely calls the shots when it comes to introducing nifty-yet-ground breaking features. After all, it was the Mahindra Rodeo that boasted of a segment-first, fully-digitised console.
With the Centuro, Mahindra seems to carry off from exactly where they left the Rodeo at. In fact, they have upped the ante!! Here’s a list of what you will are assured of if you bet your money on the Mahindra Centuro :-
  • Central Locking Anti-Theft System
  • Engine Immobiliser
  • Remote 128-bit encrypted Flip key
  • Find Me Lamps
  • Guide Lamps
  • Full-Digital Console
These features are definitely never-really-heard-of in this segment, and it definitely lends the new entrant Centuro a lot of maneuvering space when it comes to battling it out with the old satraps who have a vice-like grip on this segment.
Moolah Matters : The Pricing of the Mahindra Centuro
As we had stressed upon earlier, Mahindra Centuro does undoubtedly carry some really high stakes in the form of a dominant styling as well quite a few useful trinkets. However, it still has that tag of a Rookie hanging from its neck; it is an untested bike!!
To fend off the threats from the old timers, Mahindra Two-Wheelers had to price this product aggressively. We are delighted to inform you that Mahindra has announced a price tag of 45000 /- INR (Ex-Showroom Delhi) for the Mahindra Centuro!!
So, are heading over to the nearest Mahindra Showroom??
We have already ridden the bike and will be sharing its first ride review shortly! Keep tuned

Honda to Launch 125cc Activa; Might be as Early as September

If you are a scoot lover and felt let down after Honda’s Activa-i launch a few weeks back, then you have a reason to grin now.
According to an Autocar India report, Honda is pondering over a 125cc version of the widely popular scooter Activa. The report also mentions that the launch could take place in the very-near future, possibly in some weeks.
Activa was one masterstroke of a product that dropped anchor for Honda’s dream run in the murky waters of the Indian market. Most of the manufacturers were treading away from the scooter segment at that time, but Honda played their cards very close to their chest. In the end, they stand vindicated.
The Activa not only acted as a springboard for Honda’s future inroads, but it ended up resurrecting the scooter segment of India. Currently, they offer the Activa along with the snazzier Dio as well as a more muscular Aviator. Few weeks back, the Activa-i became their cheapest offering in their arsenal. The incorporation of HET (Honda Eco Technology) into their scooters has added might to the already formidable trio.
Honda seems to have put its ears to the ground. Though Activa was a renowned brand, more power output was always on the wishlist of the owners and fans alike. Growing demand and good response to 125cc scooters like Access, Swish and Vespa is also one reason. The new 125 cc Activa will probably offer all industry standard features and specifications.
It will most probably be powered by a single-cylinder mill close-enough to 125 cc. It will be equipped with a variomatic transmission. The seating position is likely to be carried over from the current Activa; expect it to be very comfy and upright. Unfortunately, not more is known about the engine, frame and the suspension components. An interesting thing to look out for is whether Honda will provide bigger wheels or not.
Well, what’s certain is that the Activa 125 will definitely give a tough run to the other 125 cc scooters currently available in the market. And the icing on the cake will be the focus on fuel efficiency; the addition of HET looks certain!
Honda would do well to launch the all-new Activa before the commencement of the festive season, sometime around September.
The question then is – Would you want to move up?