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    Default Mahindra Pantero Review : Price, specifications, & details

    The Mahindra Pantero Reviewed by xBhp with all relevant specifications, prices and other details available.

    Mahindra 2 Wheeler’s entry into the two wheeler market was an explosive one, thanks to the one motorcycle they put on display, Mojo, along with the Stallio that actually went on sale. But as the dust from that explosion started to settle, it became apparent that explosion, wouldn’t cause any damage to the sales of the existing players. In fact, a few months down the line M2W had to remove the Stallio from the market, due to some issues that were damaging the company’s reputation as a potential serious player. Since then the company has been relying solely on its scooters (Rodeo and Duro) to defend its territories and gain further ground in the market.



    Forced by the flak they faced over Stallio, Mahindra 2 Wheelers seems to have been working hard. There have been consistent efforts at their end to stage a comeback, and while everyone guessed that they would make their comeback with the launch of Mojo, M2W decided to play it safe and re-enter the segment that has the largest volumes. This past weekend, they unveiled 2 of their new motorcycles in front of a select group of media in Pune. While everyone was aware of the first one - the 110 cc Pantero, they surprised us with the unveiling of another bike in the commuter segment – The Centuro.

    The Centuro has a lot of ‘first-in-its-class’ features. The Centuro is being powered by the same 110 cc MCI-5 (micro chip ignited 5-curve) engine that is fitted on the Pantero. As per them, this entirely new engine has been developed by Mahindra 2-Wheelers at their new R&D house in Pune in just 18 months. Though we did not ride the Centuro, we were told that what differentiates the Centuro riding experience from the Pantero, is the way the engine has been tuned. The Centuro seems to have been tuned for a more ‘peppy’ riding experience, without compromising much on the fuel economy. The Centuro delivers 8.5 BHP @ 7500 RPM and 8.5 Nm @ 5500 rpm. Feature wise, the Centuro comes fitted with a Central-Locking Anti-Theft system with engine immobiliser and a remote 128 bit encrypted Flip Key – A feature that we have not seen in bikes till now. It also has “Find Me Lamps” feature that will makes the turn indicators blink simultaneously at the touch of a button on the remote, making it easier to find the bike in a crowded parking lot. There is also a fully-digital console, with an inbuilt service indicator and Distance To Empty Fuel calculator, that should come handy in day-to-day riding. There are also bright LED tail and pilot lamps. Mahindra calls these pilot lamps “Guide Lamps” as they remain on for 7 seconds during the night time even after you take out the key and turn off the engine, which would keep your way illuminated to make easier for you to find your way in the darkness. Styling wise, the Centuro wore a more solid and robust look than the Pantero. It has been fitted with a pair of golden bars under the tank, which would remind you of the Mojo. It also claims to have the category-best ground-clearance of 173 mm with a seat height of 800 mm and maintenance free battery.


    Mahindra Centuro


    Mahindra Centuro Headlight


    Mahindra Centuro digital console


    Mahindra Centuro USP

    Pantero First Ride report & Impressions:

    Engine & Performance: As said earlier, the Pantero is powered by Mahindra’s all new 110-cc MCI-5 engine, which delivers a peak power output of 8.5 BHP at 7500 RPM. It also gives an ARAI certified fuel average of 79.4 KMPL. This bike has been benchmarked against the category-bestseller Passion Pro from Hero and gives a 0-60 KMPH timing of 8.85 seconds against Passion Pro’s 9.17 seconds (as per Mahindra). For an 110cc motor, the engine did feel responsive and eager. There is reasonable low end torque too. Even with 2 heavy riders and a steep incline, the bike didn’t disappoint, though you have to keep the expectations realistic and not ask for too much out of 8.5 BHP. The Pantero did well in the initial rev range; however, once you go past the 6K RPM mark, the engine starts showing signs of stress and you start feeling a lot of vibrations. Though there were no false neutrals or clinks, we didn’t find the gearbox to be the smoothest.




    At the launch


    Pantero


    The riding stance is pretty much upright and commuterish (which is what is expected from this commuter category bike)




    Please see the graphs below to see the result of various benchmarking tests against Passion Pro.



    The MCI-5 (micro chip ignited - 5 curve) engine


    0-60 KMPH timings


    Better Pickup



    Mileage


    Power @ RPM


    Torque @ RPM

    Please note that the above graphs/pictures have been taken from the official presentation slide that was shown to us at the time of unveiling.



    Styling:
    The Pantero has been given very contemporary looks, which won’t make it stand out in the crowd, but won’t leave you with much to desire. It has got a very sleek styling, with a bikini fairing upfront and LED pilot lamps. The tail lamp also has been fitted with LEDs. The overall styling of the Pantero is not very different from its predecessor, the Stallio; however, it now dons a set of new vibrant graphics to make it stand out from the Stallio. The Pantero is available in 4 colour schemes: Fiery Red, Sterling Silver, Blazing Black and Cool Black. The engine, exhaust pipe and alloys have been given an all-black treatment. The exhaust pipe comes with a chrome-plated heat shield. The compact looking tank has a 12 L capacity and has an aircraft type tank lid. There is also a plastic tank protector, running along the entire length of the tank, to protect the tank from scratches from your belt buckle and/or the zip of your jacket. At the rear, the LED tail lamp and the black rear grab rails, along with the clear-lens turn indicators give it a fresh look.


    The Pantero won't leave you unsatisfied with its looks







    The all digital console



    left & right switch gear assembly








    left profile


    All LED tail lamp


    All LED tail lamp


    not much different from the Stallio, styling wise

    The Pantero will be available in following 4 different variants:
    T1: Self Start, alloy wheels, digital speedometer
    T2: Self Start, alloy wheels, analog speedometer
    T3: Kick Start, alloy wheels, analog speedometer
    T4: Kick start, spoke wheels, analog speedometer.



    The one we rode was the T1 variant with the fully digital console that has been taken straight from their scooter, Rodeo. The console backlight color is orange and it has digital tachometer, fuel gauge, clock, odometer and trip meter along with the digital speedometer.

    Handling & Ride Comfort: Mahindra believes that handling and manoeuvrability is the USP of this bike. They had even put up a slalom track for all the test riders, to test its maneuverability. The Pantero did feel sleek and easy to maneuver, taking all the quick turns with ease, which should make it fun to ride in city traffic conditions. The basic suspension setup of telescopic upfront and twin shock absorbers at the rear does its job with aplomb and left us impressed with the comfort it provided even off-road, with more than 150 kg payload on board. The comfortable seat just added to the overall ride quality.


    All LED tail lamp



    the pot holes and the bad roads weren't much of a worry


    All LED tail lamp


    The Pantero has a seat length of 774 mm, which makes it the longest seat in its class. This should be an advantage for the riders & pillions with a heavy build. Particularly in rural areas where you find people riding three-up.


    Long and comfortable seat


    On the brakes front, the Pantero comes with the drum brakes on front and rear, which is good enough for coming to halt from moderate speeds in reasonable time. However, we do feel there should’ve been a disk brake variant for added safety. The drum brakes just won’t cut in case of real urgency.


    Overall:
    The Pantero is quite a commendable effort from Mahindra to re-enter the motorcycle market. Especially if you consider that they accepted their mistake by recalling the Stallio from the market. It has everything that the competition is offering in this category. It is a huge improvement over the Stallio. There don’t seem to be any serious problems with the product that would put a potential buyer off of.

    However, we must add, this market is already full of products that look the same and offer similar features, and they command the consumers’ trust because they have been there in the market for many years now. To pull these consumers towards it, Mahindra really needs to price it sensibly as that would be the deciding factor for most customers.





    p.s.: A big thanks to antz.bin for helping us out during the preview ride & being our poser for the day.
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    Very interesting features wrt commuter segment. Anti Theft device, guide lamps, LED indicators & tail lamp, digital console. So Bajaj Discover 100T has got serious competetion here....

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    Quote Originally Posted by rx100.7050 View Post
    Very interesting features wrt commuter segment. Anti Theft device, guide lamps, LED indicators & tail lamp, digital console. So Bajaj Discover 100T has got serious competetion here....

    just to clear it once again, there were 2 bikes that were unveiled. The Pantero that we rode didn't/wouldn't have all these features. The above mentioned features will be seen in the Centuro, which is another bike based on the same 110 cc engine.
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    Nice try by mahindra, but frankly to me they look like chinese bikes, something is not right, pantero headlamp looks weird, centuro headlamp seems to be somewhat inspired by pulsar (when seen from front), engine looks like that of splendour, don't know what those two golden pipes are doing in centuro. and longest seat can not be called a feature, when others are coming with 4 valves. centuro dashboard seems to be inspired from ZMR. and i still can't understand what is central locking in a bike.

    good thing is consumers will have more option, whether to go for features (centuro) or proven reliability (splendour).

    i think bajaj's new discover 100T is much better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by princesirohi View Post
    and i still can't understand what is central locking in a bike.
    Iam guessing, you can lock unlock the seat from the ignition key hole

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryan.virgo View Post
    Iam guessing, you can lock unlock the seat from the ignition key hole
    possibly Fuel cap / Seat / side box etc would be controlled by the ignition key I think
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    Quote Originally Posted by ryan.virgo View Post
    Iam guessing, you can lock unlock the seat from the ignition key hole
    Quote Originally Posted by rameshmadhavan View Post
    possibly Fuel cap / Seat / side box etc would be controlled by the ignition key I think
    There is nothing of that sort. Central locking is a wrong term used by SunilG. What it includes is an immobilizer, so, though a *mechanical replica* of the original key would be able to unlock the bike from handle lock, the engine just wouldn't start as long as the original key is not used. Further, any attempt to unlock the Centuro with a non standard key will trigger an audible alarm.

    Also, It will be possible to use the remote provided on the Centuro's flip key to
    1. Find the bike in a parking lot with 'Find me lamps'.
    2. Lock the bike remotely
    3. Unlock the bike remotely

    Finally, the presentation material and the M2W executives (and a guy from M2W R&D) always mentioned that the key had a 96 bit encryption (and not 128 bit as mentioned in the press kit AND the various articles on the internet including this one). But that one is just a minor detail with no 'life changing' consequences.
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    They had Included so many technology [Electronics] to this segment,
    That is only available in very high end segment or an extra fitting.
    BUt is that some Mahindra duro console?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hackdrag View Post
    They had Included so many technology [Electronics] to this segment,
    That is only available in very high end segment or an extra fitting.
    Actually its not all electronics. They also have 'Distance to Empty' on the console of the Centuro which is not exactly possible using purely electronics considering the fact that the bike in question is *not* fuel injected.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hackdrag View Post
    BUt is that some Mahindra duro console?
    The only difference between the Mahindra Pantero console and Mahindra *Rodeo* console is that Rodeo console changes color at the press of a button.
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    Does it contains a Tubeless tyre ??

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