Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) has launched its new scooter Gusto RS at a price tag of Rs 48,180 (ex-showroom, Delhi). Moreover, the brand has offered a Rs 6,000 cashback offer on the new scooter for those who make the purchase using PayTM app. The offer is valid until 20th October 2017. Interestingly, Mahindra announced last month that it will be quitting the mass-market two-wheeler segment in India in order to focus on premium motorcycles. The Gusto RS may just be M&M's last hurrah to the segment. Mahindra Two Wheelers merged into M&M last year, however, it has not been able to register a growth in the market ever since its incorporation. The company launched some products that were inherited from Kinetic and some that were developed ingenuously. The Gusto and Rodeo were one of the first offerings from Mahindra in the scooter segment, however, the products never caught on with stern competition from Honda and TVS.
The Gusto RS has a sporty appearance and is available in two colour options - red and blue. It is powered by a 109.6 cc single-cylinder, four-stroke, air-cooled engine that produces 8 bhp and 9 Nm and is paired to a CVT gearbox.
Mechanically and in terms of features, the Gusto RS is similar to the standard version. It comes with a height adjustable seat and other features that are seen on cars - a remote flip key, find me lamps and guide lamps.
The Gusto RS comes equipped with 130mm drum brakes at both ends. The suspension system comprises of telescopic forks with air springs up front and hydraulic shock absorbers at the rear.
While Mahindra plans to pull out of the mass market two-wheeler segment, the company announced ownership of Jawa and BSA motorcycles in July this year. Also, Managing Director – Automotive Business, Mahindra & Mahindra Pawan Goenka confirmed that the company will soon move away from the commuter segment and towards high-end premium bikes in India.