Mahindra's New scooter Gusto focuses more on comfort than style
Mopeds are one of the booming areas of Indian Bike market. And we have well defined labels here including the International brand, Piaggio. So it would take nothing less that a global scooter to take on this market. The global scooter, as Mahindra describes its new scooter 'Gusto', fits the description of the current market perfectly.
For interesting fact, this scooter is just not being launched in India alone, but also in Latin America, Africa and Nepal. It is expected to launched in several other south Asian countries as well.
To begin with Gusto has been styled specifically to stand out the usual segment featuring a slimmer and much less bulky body. The dash board in front of handle bar and the height adjustable seat makes it all the more desirable. Of course it has followed the Italian way completely in terms of styling.
However the weight 120 kg makes it a bit heavier to handle compared to the other models like Activa. It could be a boon or curse according to the type of driver that you are. Either it is weighing you down or it will feel stable and sturdy in your hands.
Gusto features 110 cc, single cylinder, 4 stroke, air cooled engine which provides up to 8 hp of power at 7500 rpm. It can come up to 60 km from 0 within 10.3 seconds. Top speed here is 80 kmph.
Thicker 12 wheels had already caught the attention of everyone at the day of the launch. As expected Gusto provides a smooth ride indeed. But wheels are not the only reason there, the telescopic hydraulic suspension at the front and coil type hydraulic suspension at the rear contributes greatly to that smooth ride. However the disc brake option is missing in this one.
Gusto is like the wind, we get it. But, with all these advanced features, that was a necessity rather than luxury. Current market price of Gusto is Rs.43,000 (ex-showroom).
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