The Auto Expo 2016 is set to be the biggest in its history. Enthusiast or not, the various products from two-wheeler manufacturers at the show are sure to raise the level of excitement. Here's a preview of some of the new bikes and scooters you can look forward to seeing.
At the start of 2016, Honda launched a teaser for its upcoming Navi two-wheeler, claiming it will ‘change the way India will play on two wheels’. This is expected to be the brand-new scooter that Honda will unveil at the upcoming Auto Expo, and will be the prime focus at their stall. The PCX 150 is another moto-scooter from Honda that we could see displayed at the expo, featuring a liquid-cooled, fuel-injected 150cc motor.
The CRF 1000L Africa Twin adventure tourer is also expected to be showcased by Honda at this Expo. Built around two words, ‘Go anywhere’, this is one bike that is fit for the Dakar rally from the word go. And to make riding easier and a more convenient affair, the Africa Twin packs in a dual-clutch automatic transmission system equipped variant as well.
TVS can be expected to display its latest-generation variant of their first-ever home-grown bike, the 110cc Victor, at the 2016 Auto Expo. Like the first time around, the new Victor will employ contemporary engine technology such as a CV carburettor, and sprin-loaded rocker arms, that should allow it to gain an edge over its competition. However, stealing the spotlight at the TVS stall will be the just announced Apache RTR 200. Designed as an entry-level sportsbike, the Apache 200 will be the first TVS motorcycle to feature an oil-cooled engine. It comes packed with several goodies, including the option of fuel-injection ABS brakes and Pirelli tyres.
There’s a strong possibility TVS also displays future motorcycles, or concepts as the company has often revealed at the previous Auto Expos. This year, we hope to see new TVS bikes built around the TVS-BMW produced G 310 R streetbike platform.
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Suzuki’s burgeoning line-up of superbikes virtually overshadows its mainstream mass market offerings in India. High-performance Suzuki bikes can hence be expected to be the highlight at the Japanese manufacturer’s stand. Expect show-stealers like the Hayabusa and GSX-R1000 to get the crowds drooling. The upgraded Gixxer 150 and 150 SF are sure to be displayed too. However, what will really be worth looking forward to is the Gixxer 250 sportsbike, which could get a surprise unveiling at the 2016 Auto Expo
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With the supersports class YZF-R3, Yamaha has given India a fresh lease of its racing DNA. But now, the manufacturer wants to show some flesh with the MT 03, the naked brother of the R3. The other focal bike at Yamaha’s stand will be the much-awaited YZF-R15 V3.0. Also expect to see the all-out YZF-R1M track bike at Yamaha's stand.
Mahindra Two Wheelers
Mahindra’s two-wheeler exhibits will include a nifty, all-electric scooter, the Gen Ze 2.0. The appeal of this scooter lies in its futuristic design that features an exposed aluminium chassis and 7.0-inch touchscreen display for its instrument console. Powered by a 1.6kWh Li-ion battery, the bike can cover nearly 50km on a fully charged battery. Although expected to be on display, this bike is sometime away from actually being launched in India.
Mahindra will also unveil its 2016 Moto3 racing motorcycle, the MGP30. Completely developed at Mahindra’s European technical base at Besozzo, the MGP30 will be used by Peugeot to enter Moto3.
Auto Expo 2016 will also serve as a viewing pad for Mahindra’s new Mojo motorcycle, and Gusto 125 scooter.
After an impressive showing at the Milan Motorcycle show, the Italian manufacturer will flaunt a broad spectrum of bikes at this year’s expo. Amongst its smallest-capacity bikes at the stall will be the Tornado 302, a fully faired version of the TNT 300, taking on the likes of the Ninja 300 and recently launched Yamaha YZF-R3.
Benelli is ready to join the Scrambler bandwagon along with brands like Ducati and Triumph. Its scrambler, called Leoncino, will be displayed at the expo before it reaches our roads in the second half of 2016.
The bikemaker will also showcase its adventure touring motorcycle, the TRK502. Like the Leoncino, this derives power from a 499.6cc, twin-cylinder engine. To ride over all terrains, the TRK502 sits 230mm off the ground, and is fully kitted with off-road paraphernalia. The upcoming Royal Enfield Himalayan will be its closest rival. Benelli will also bring the updated version of its 600i and 600GT naked bikes to the Indian Auto Expo.
The Triumph stall should be a location for much fanfare, with the new for 2016, updated Bonneville classic bikes, and 2016 Speed Triple S and Speed Triple R to be showcased. The new line-up of Bonnevilles has been thoroughly refreshed, and now is also available with a higher displacement 1,200cc engine. The 2016 Auto Expo will feature the Bonneville Street Twin, powered by a four-stroke 900cc parallel-twin powerplant and riding on 10-spoke alloy rims. The new larger capacity engine is slightly down on power relative to its predecessor, but offers healthier torque delivery. The new Street Twin will be loaded with goodies and a generous amount of electronic riding aids, including a switchable traction control system, slip-assisted clutch, switchable ABS, apart from a USB socket and engine immobiliser.
Triumph will also showcase the retro Bonneville T 120, powered by an eight-valve, 1,200cc parallel-twin powerplant. If we are lucky, the T 120 Black, a wilder-looking variant of the T 120 will be on display as well. Crowning the Bonneville range will be the Bonneville Thruxton and Thruxton R. Styled to thrill, the top-of-the-range sporty Bonnies look stunning, come fitted with all the equipment you could ask for, and are propelled by a specially tuned four-stroke, eight-valve, 1,200cc, parallel-twin powerplant.
Featuring new litre-class engines, the new Speed Triple range is tuned to pump out more power, torque and performance, with top drawer equipment and styling, all coming together in a hot package. Also expect to see the new Triumph Tigers, the massive Rocket III and Cruiser range on display.
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American bike maker UM has confirmed that it will be at Auto Expo 2016, with the Renegade Commando and Renegade Sport S models. The Renegade Commando will be an entry-level bike, powered by a single-cylinder, 223cc four-stroke, air-cooled engine. The Sport S, on the other hand, gets a more-powerful 279cc liquid-cooled engine, mated to a six-speed gearbox. UM is likely to equip its Indian line-up with a bigger, more powerful 300cc engine, the finer details of which should be available at the show.