Mahindra 2-Wheelers is working hard to get things right. Earlier this year we were acquainted with the Duro DZ and now a second coming is the Rodeo RZ.
The new version is slimmer and a tad taller. Ground clearance is better by 24mm while the saddle height is also taller by 20mm now. A glance tells you the gearless scooter appears visually identical, apart from minor graphic changes to the front apron and side panels. The headlight, body colour mirrors and flush clear lens indicators on the front apron constitute a familiar front profile. The instrument panel is digital, with seven background colour options, also including the speedometer, tachometer, trip-meter, odometer, acceleration timer, an over-speed alarm, fuel gauge, clock and a side stand down warning system. A must have feature for all gearless scooters is however missing, the rear brake lock clamp. The RZ comes with a shuttered ignition key slot, handy 12V charge-port, front fuel filler, a bag hook and small, open glove box. The underseat bay offers a voluminous 22-litre illuminated storage space. No changes to the tail light and grab bar region.
The Rodeo RZ comes powered by the refined, 124.6cc, four-stroke, air-cooled engine Mahindra have christened the Z-series. This engine features an updated dual-curve digital ignition system (DCDI) that Mahindra claims works to provide superior economy. The scooter also deploys a new carburettor. The RZ pulls smoothly with quick initial acceleration, delivering a maximum of 8.05bhp at 7000rpm with a peak torque figure of 0.91kgm at 5500rpm. Transmission is via the convenient, automatic CVT system.
The Rodeo RZ deploys telescopic forks in front and a single rear shock absorber, with its engine used as a stressed member of the frame. Handling is light and nimble. Braking is via 130mm drums front and rear, while grippy MRF tyres are standard kit.
The RZ comes in seven colour options including a trendy green, a purple and orange. Expect price to remain largely unchanged. Look out for the full story in the upcoming July 2012 issue Autocar India magazine.