Think scooter and the humble Honda Activa is the first thing that will probably cross your mind. However, what if we tell you that Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India is planning to launch a new scooter that will be much more powerful than the recently launched Kawasaki Ninja 400.
Don’t believe us? Well, we’re really not kidding! While the new Ninja 400 offers as much as 49 PS, the upcoming Honda scooter has 55 PS on offer! Actually, HMSI has patented the Honda X-ADV, which is a scooter that has high touring and adventure capabilities. There are strong speculations of a launch later this year. The Honda X-ADV is a scooter that offers both on-road and off-road capabilities. It made its debut at the 2016 EICMA motorcycle show. The scooter has been designed by Honda’s R&D centre in Rome and has a colour scheme that’s somewhat reminiscent of the mighty Honda Africa Twin. The X-ADV comes with bits like a five-step adjustment for the windscreen, multi-function LCD instrument screen, and as much as 21-litres of fuel carrying capacity.
Powering the upcoming Honda X-ADV is a 745 cc engine that outputs as much as 55 PS at 6,250 rpm along with a peak torque of 68 Nm at 4,750 rpm. The engine comes mated to a six-speed dual-clutch transmission, which is, again, similar to what the Honda Africa Twin has on offer. The dual-clutch transmission has three modes on offer – ‘D’ is for normal riding, ‘S’ is for sport, and there’s also a full manual mode. HMSI has already announced that it plans to launch one more product this year. While it has been tight-lipped about this upcoming product, various reports opine that the X-ADV could be very well on its way to India. That said, HMSI has also patented the XRE-300 and the Rebel 300 in the past, but none of them has made it to the market. Hence, merely filing a patent isn’t a sure shot sign of an imminent launch. But we’re keeping our fingers crossed and hopes high!