Mahindra Two Wheelers was on the offensive in the Indian two-wheeler market. Although it was present with few scooters in the market a commuter motorcycle was the need of the hour and thus the Centuro was launched as its first indigenously designed and developed motorcycle. The st yling of the bike is that of a run off the mill commuter motorcycle. The pilot lamps on the motorcycle are LED (segment first) and so are the tail lamp while the two tubular pipes run below the fuel tank that Mahindra calls golden ribs. The engine gets an all black treatment while the exhaust shield gets chrome in contrast and overall the Centuro is a pleasing looking motorcycle. The talking point of the Mahindra Centuro is the plethora of features that many motorcycles across segments in India don’t posses.
It sports a Remote 96-bit encrypted Flip Key, a first in Indian motorcycling along with anti theft alarm and remote immobilizer. It also features find me lamps that blink the indicators to locate the bike in a crowded parking lot and guide lamps that illuminate even after the engine is switched off. The instrument console of the Mahindra Centuro is a part-analogue-part digital unit and it has to be the most comprehensive one in the segment. It employs a large analogue tachometer with digital display for speedometer, odometer, service reminder and econometer. Providing firepower is the indigenously designed MCi-5 (Micro Chip ignited-5 curve) engine that displaces 106.7cc. The air-cooled, single cylinder motor pumps out 8.5PS at 7,500rpm and 8.5Nm at 5,500. The above numbers make it among the most powerful commuters in the market and the engine is decently refined with very strong roll-on acceleration. Power is transmitted via a 4-speed gearbox which can be notchy on few occasions and lack the finesse of the Japanese engineered bikes. Seat posture is upright and comfortable but tall riders might find the handlebar to be a bit short for their likening. Suspension duties are handled by telescopic front forks and monoshock unit at the rear and the overall ride quality is good. Handling of the Mahindra Centuro is impressive and like most commuters it’s very quick on its toes to change directions while braking is decent. With respect to fuel efficiency, it returned us an overall figure of around 68kmpl which is a bit disappointing for a commuter motorcycle. Apart from the mileage, the disc brake variant of the Mahindra Centuro has been priced at Rs 51,300 ex-showroom Delhi which makes it a fantastic value for money proposition. Given its huge list of features, powerful motor and cut throat pricing it isn’t surprising that the Centuro has been successful in etching out a space for itself in the commuter segment. But dealer network and reliability on the long run remains questionable. Read MoreRead Less