Anti Theft System with Engine Immobiliser
The term ‘Central locking’ can be misleading here as you cannot actually lock the motorcycle remotely with the key fob. The encrypted key ensures if a duplicate key is used to attempt to unlock the bike, the engine immobiliser ensures that your bike cannot be started.
The topmost button on the key fob garnished in chrome, flips out the key and the other three buttons bring us to the next set of features on the Centuro.
‘Find Me’ lamps
The first two buttons activate the ‘Find Me’ lamps, a pretty nifty feature to help you find your Centuro parked in, say a shopping mall parking lot. The first button activates the Find Me lamps and audio feedback from the motorcycles whereas the second buttons keeps things quiet and it is only the lamps that are activated. The last button is used to power on a LED on the side of the key fob.
Follow me home headlamp
The Centuro and the Pantero will be powered by Mahindra’s new MCi-5 engine. The 106.7cc engine makes 8.5 BHP @ 7500 RPM and 8.5 Nm of peak torque at 5500 rpm. The MCi-5 engine has a bore of 52.4mm and stroke length of 49.5 mm. Regardless of the nifty features on offer on the Centruo, the engine and its ‘mileage’ is what will be the deal breaker in this segment. The fuel tank has a a capacity of 12.7 litres, a liter lesser than that of the Pantero. In our review of the Pantero we found the engine to be comfortable for zipping around the city. The engine does get vibey at the extreme reaches of the speedo, but 60 kph in 4th gear is not bone shattering and that is all that matters in a city commuter.
The gearbox is again the newer one with the 4-up shift pattern which we found to be much smoother than the previous iteration on the Stallio.
The Centuro also claims to have best in class ground clearance of 173 mm, which is slightly higher than that of the Pantero (165mm).
Mahindra has played a card here that might not exactly be in their favour. Remember the double barrel tubular frame on the Mojo? Mahindra hopes to capitalize on the ‘mojo’ of the Mojo and has used two horizontal gold bars to draw attention to the otherwise uninspiring design of the Centuro. This indicates one, the Mojo is after all coming sometime in the future, two, Mahindra is pretty confident that the Mojo will be successful if it thinks it can borrow design elements from the Mojo on to lower segment offerings.
We aren’t big fans of the exhaust either, but this should do. The ‘belly-pan’ isn’t actually a whole unit, but two plates slapped on either sides for aesthetic purposes only.
The Centuro is 2031 mm long, which is nearly 31mm more than that of the Pantero, though both motorcycles share the same wheelbase of 1265mm. The Centuro also has a 5mm lower seating height of 800mm.
White backlit dashboard looks good in the dark. It has an in built ‘Service Due Indicator’ and ‘Distance- to-Empty Fuel calculator’ and several other features. Mahindra says the DTE calculator works by estimating fuel quantity in multiples of 100ml to give a more accurate distance to empty reading.
Will the Indian consumer buy into this concept of having additional ‘premium’ features on a 100cc segment motorcycle to set the motorcycle apart from the rest of the crowd? Will Mahindra be able to keep the costs competitive with all these additions? We think the pricing might be on the premium side, while the Pantero will continue to be the bare knuckled 100cc fighter priced competitively. We look forward to seeing if the Centuro can make inroads into this segment, do come back for a comprehensive review when the Centuro is launched .
|Engine||Single Cylinder, 4-stroke, Air cooled, Mci-5 engine|
|Bore X Stroke||52.4 X 49.5 mm|
|Maximum Power||8.5 PS @ 7500 rpm|
|Maximum Torque||8.5 Nm @ 5500 rpm|
|Starting System||Electric Start / Kick Start|
|Transmission: Gear Box||Constant mesh 4 Speed|
|Frame||Double cradle steel Tubular structure|
|Suspension: FRONT||Telescopic , Coil spring|
|REAR||Coiled 5-step adjustable|
|Brake: FRONT||Drum – 130 mm|
|REAR||Drum – 130 mm|
|Tyre Size: FRONT||2.75” x 18”|
|REAR||3.0” x 18”|
|Battery: Electric Start||12V / 6 Ah (maintenance Free)|
|Kick Start||12V / 2.5 Ah (maintenance Free)|
|Headlamp||12 V – 35W/35W – Halogen|
|Tail lamp||LED Type|
|Speedometer||Digital / Analog|
|Dry Weight||111 kg|
|Kerb Weight (90% fuel filled)||120Kg|
|Overall Length||2031 mm|
|Overall Width||735 mm|
|Overall Height||1111 mm|
|Seat Height||800 mm|
|Wheel Base||1265 mm|
|Minimum Ground Clearance||173 mm|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||12.7 liters|
|Other Features||White Twin Pilot Lamps -LED Type +WOW features|