First Ride

Mahindra Centuro review, test drive

We ride Mahindra two-wheelers' best bike to date.

DETAILS
  • Make  Mahindra 2-wheelers
  • Model  Centuro
  • Edition  2013
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Mahindra is slowly but surely working its way up in the Indian two-wheeler market. That’s the first impression we got astride Mahindra’s new Centuro, which marks the newbie bikemaker’s entry into the premium end of the commuter motorcycle market. In a segment where the Hero Passion and Honda Dream Yuga reign supreme, you can tell Mahindra has tried hard to distinguish its challenger. 

The Centuro looks quite large for its class, and there are some nice elements like the angular headlamp, well-shaped fuel tank and smart LED brake lamp. Sadly, details like the twin gold pipes under the tank and overdone graphics on the side panels take away much from the bike’s style. What buyers will undoubtedly like is just how much the Centuro offers by way of features. The instruments are dominated by a large tachometer that reads up to 12,000rpm. Just below resides a digital display for the speedometer, odometer, trip-meter, clock, service indicator, economy mode and even a handy distance-to-empty readout. There’s more, too. The Centuro also gets a multifunction flip-to-open key with 96-bit encryption that rules out the use of a duplicate key to start the bike. Owners can also get their Centuro lights flashing at the touch of a button to easily locate the bike in a crowded parking lot. Follow-me-home lamps that keep the lights on for a couple of seconds after the ignition is switched off are part of the package too. Other nice touches include comfy palm grips, large mirrors and well-finished switches that include a pass-light flasher. 

 

Fact File

Price Range (in lakhs)*

Ex-showroom price Rs 47,000-50,000 (estimated).

Engine

Fuel Petrol
Installation 106.7cc, single cylinder, air-cooled, four stroke
Power 8.4bhp at 7500rpm
Torque 0.87kgm at 5500rpm
Power to weight 70bhp per tonne

Transmission

Gearbox 4-speed, 4-up

Dimensions

Length 2031mm
Width 735mm
Height 1111mm
Wheel base 1265mm
Ground clearance 173mm

Chassis & Body

Weight 120kg
Wheels 5-spoke alloy
Tyres 2.75 x 18 (f), 3.00 x 18 (r)

Suspension

Front Telescopic forks
Rear Twin shocks, tubular swingarm

Brakes

Front 130mm drum
Rear 130mm drum

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