When Mahindra bought over Kinetic Motors, the products that were carried over were three scooters — the Duro, Rodeo and Flyte — which were all powered by the same 125cc motor designed by Sym of Taiwan. Not too long ago, the metal-bodied Duro was at the receiving end of a few updates, most noteworthy being the doing away with of the old trailing link front suspension to make place for a more modern telescopic fork setup and improvements in the ground clearance, lower seat height, styling re-touches and better head lamps. The updated scooter was still called the Duro, but with a DZ suffix attached to its name.
This time around, the plastic-bodied Rodeo has been tweaked. Although the engine, in essence, is the same 125cc 8 bhp motor, the re-christened Rodeo RZ now features what the company calls ‘Dual Curve Digital Ignition System’. What this system does is that it switches between two ignition maps depending on the engine revs, among other parameters, in order to deliver the spark at precisely the right time. This improves the performance characteristics as well as the fuel efficiency of the engine. Speaking of fuel efficiency, Mahindra claims that the Rodeo RZ returns 59 km to a litre under ARAI's test conditions.
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