HMSI launched the new Aviator today in Mumbai. The new Aviator has been designed for the male rider and although the overall silhouette of the scooter remains the same, the new design elements are quite apparent.
The Aviator is powered by the same engine that provides propulsion to the new Activa - a 110cc single cylinder engine that puts out 8 bhp at 8000 rpm with 0.9 kgm of torque at 5500 rpm. Honda claims that this motor is about 15 percent more fuel efficient than the older power plant.
Improvements on the Aviator, unlike beauty, is far from being just skin deep. The Aviator benefits from a telescopic fork at the front and the Deluxe version gets a 190 mm disc brake up at the front while the Standard makes do with a drum stopper. Both versions will have the Combi Brake system that, as claimed by Honda, reduces braking distances substantially when compared to bringing the scoot to a halt using either the front or the rear brakes.
The rear wheel features a puncture resistant tube that, again claimed by Honda, decreases the probability of a flat by about 70 percent. Lower upkeep is assured with the use of a viscous air filter and a maintenance free battery.
The Standard version of the Aviator will be priced at Rs 45,180 while the Deluxe Aviator will set you back by Rs 50,410. Both prices are ex-showroom figures in Mumbai.