Mahindra 2 Wheelers has kick started 2013 by unveiling the feature laden Centuro and the oft-spotted-testing Pantero. While both motorcycles share the MCi-5 engine that Mahindra claims to have developed indigenously at their R&D facility in a short span of 18 months, the motorcycles are poles apart on their positioning in the market.
The Centuro plays host to a number of ‘patented category innovations’ like Central Locking Anti Theft System with an Engine Immobiliser and a Remote 128 bit encrypted Flip Key, ‘Find Me Lamps’ and ‘Guide Home’ headlamps. A white backlit digital dashboard with an in-built, Service Due Indicator and Distance-to-Empty Fuel calculator add to the list. While we do not understand the appeal of the ‘unique’ horizontal gold bars, we wouldn’t rule out the possibility that Mahindra’s hoping for some of the ‘Mojo’ to rub off on the Centuro.
The Pantero retains the styling of the Stallio buts wears snazzy decals that actually seem to work in its favour. The Pantero has an all 4-up constant mesh gearbox that greatly differs from the erstwhile Stallio’s one down three up gearbox. Read our Pantero review to find out how this gearbox performs.