Buoyed by the success of the Gusto 110, Mahindra is all set to launch a 125cc version
After failing to create an impact in the scooter market with Duro DZ, Rodeo, Kine and Flyte, Mahindra in 2014 launched a scooter that made the competition look up—the 110cc Gusto. Unlike its earlier scooters which were worked-upon Kinetic products, the Gusto 110 was developed by Mahindra from ground up. Within months, it entered the list of top-10 selling scooters in India, thanks to its unisex design, several first-in-segment features and its capability to effortlessly handle different terrains.
Buoyed by the success of the Gusto 110, the company is all set to bring in a 125cc version, to target buyers looking for a slightly more powerful machine. We ride it.
Save for the new graphics, slightly different fascia and a few other changes, the Gusto 125 looks more or less similar to its 110cc sibling. However, with new dual-tone shades, the Gusto 125 somehow appears sleeker than the Gusto 110, possibly due to the colour combinations used. The four new colours on offer will be Orange Rush, Bolt White, Regal Red and Monarch Black.
Since the Gusto 110 was appreciated for several first-in-class features, especially the height-adjustable seat, the company has carried forward all those elements. The Gusto 125 retains LED pilot lamps, find-me lamp, guide-me-home lamp, mobile holder below the instrument console and the remote flip key.
The new 124.6cc engine is a bored-out version of the 110cc. This re-bored machine produces 0.5bhp more power and 1Nm more torque, and the company has managed to improve its refinement levels too. According to Mahindra, the engine employs low-friction rings, a stronger crankshaft and bearings, high-energy HT coil and series regulator to achieve improved performance and refinement. Despite tall claims and a slightly higher power output, the Gusto 125 doesn’t really perform any different than its smaller sibling on the road.
Similar to the 110cc, the 125cc has appreciable initial grunt, but the mid-range performance is average, at best. At 123kg, the 125cc weighs 3kg more than the 110cc, which was already amongst the heaviest scooters in the country. In fact, it’s the weight that doesn’t let you feel the improvement in power output figures. However, while the increased weight may negatively affect its fuel efficiency, it provides stability at most speeds, something that no other scooter in this segment does.
The most interesting bit about the Gusto 125 is its suspension set-up—the scooter handles even the worst kind of roads without really affecting ride quality or stability. It gets telescopic forks at the front and a hydraulic coil spring suspension at the rear.
While the Gusto 125 easily touches the 80kph mark and performs quite admirably around corners, its braking system needs some improvement. Under hard braking, it disappoints, like most other scooters in its segment do.
With several exciting features, impressive ride and handling, and a refined engine, the Gusto 125 comes across as a decent machine, even though it’s rather heavy and the brakes could see some improvement. Its price will be announced at the Auto Expo in February. Watch this space.