Honda Dio Sports scooter launched at Rs 68,317

The Japanese two-wheeler manufacturer Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India, Private Limited which currently holds the second spot on the highest-selling two-wheeler brand in India recently launched a new iteration of its scooter Dio. Honda pulled the covers off of the Dio Sports – a limited edition model of its already sporty scooter. This new limited model has been introduced with two variants of which the first is a Standard sports variant priced at Rs. 68,317 and the second is a Deluxe sports variant that will cost Rs. 73,317 (ex-showroom, Delhi).

Honda Dio Sports scooter launched at Rs 68,317

This new limited edition model will be available with two colour options as well. One will be a Strontium Silver Metallic with Black, meanwhile the other will be a Sports Red with Black. Honda will offer both of these colour variations on both variants of the new model.

As for the updates on the new Dio Sports edition, it receives a few minor ones. Firstly it receives fresh, trendy, and contemporary body panel graphics. Then it gets dual shockers’ rear suspension springs finished in crimson. And lastly, it gets a set of new 5-spoke alloy wheels which will be exclusively available with the Deluxe variant. The Deluxe variant also gets an LED headlamp and an LCD instrument cluster.

Apart from these cosmetic changes, the engine and mechanical components in the new Dio Sports are identical to the standard outgoing model. It is driven by a fuel-efficient 110 cc single-cylinder petrol engine that produces 7.65 horsepower at 8,000 RPM and 9 Nm at 4,750 RPM. Additionally, this engine has Honda’s exclusive eSP technology (Enhanced Smart Power & not Electronic Stability Program).

The same is the case with other specifications of the Dio Sports as well. It still weighs under 105 kg and has a 160 mm ground clearance. An integrated dual function switch, an exterior fuel lid, a passing switch, and a side stand indication are further noteworthy features of the standard model. At the front, it has a telescoping suspension. Disc brakes are notably absent from this sporty scooter, and not even available as an option. Along with a 3-Step Eco Indicator and a combi-brake system (CBS) with equalisation and adjustable rear suspension, it also offers a great fuel economy of 50 km/l.

In other Honda news, the BigWing division of the company recently launched its newest naked streetfighter bike, the CB 300F. The motorcycle is priced at Rs. 2.26 lakh for the Deluxe variant while the Deluxe Pro trim is about Rs. 2,000 pricier, at Rs. 2.29 lakh. The new motorcycle will be sold through Honda BigWing outlets across India, alongside the hot-selling CB 350 range of air-cooled retro motorcycles and Honda’s other sports bikes and superbikes. The CB 300F is meant for everyday commuting and the occasional longer ride out of town. It sits under the Honda CB 300R, which is a liquid-cooled, pricier motorcycle that is also more powerful.

The Honda CB 300F is powered by a 293cc four-stroke single cylinder engine that gets oil cooling, four valves and a single overhead camshaft. The fuel-injected engine puts out about 24 Bhp of peak power and 25.6 Nm of peak torque.