Mahindra’s website lists a new version of the Gusto scooter, called the RS, which stands out with an exceptional, loud and striking visuals scheme. Its design makes use of a number of stripes and gets prominent ‘RS’ branding on the front apron. The RS comes in red and blue colors, with detailing in white. Last month, Mahindra Two-Wheelers unveiled their plan to exit the mass customer bike and scooter market to focus on the premium market. This can directly be an indication that the Gusto RS is possibly Mahindra’s last mass market offering.
The Gusto RS gets enhancing updates in the form of full-body graphics and begs the question if Mahindra is trying to clear existing stock by rebranding them as variants. Either way, the Gusto RS does offer value, especially when you consider its price tag of Rs.48,180 (ex-showroom Delhi), which sits at the lower rung of the Gusto 110 which is priced between Rs.46,680 and Rs.53,320 (all prices, ex-showroom Delhi). The Gusto RS will be available in two colors: Red and Blue. Features include a height adjustable seat, find-me headlamps and a remote flip key.
Mechanically, the Gusto RS remains unchanged. It is powered by the same 109.6-cc, air-cooled, single-cylinder engine which makes the same 8.1-PS at 7500rpm and 9Nm of torque @ 5500-rpm. Power is transmitted to the rear wheel via a CVT gearbox. The bike gets telescopic front forks and single rear hydraulic damper. Braking is via 130-mm drum brakes at the back and front. We rode the Gusto 110 and the Gusto 125 and feel that it is a formidable alternative to the competition from Suzuki, Honda, Hero, Yamaha and TVS.
Considering that it undercuts competitors like the TVS Jupiter and Honda Activa while offering more features, the Gusto RS comes across as a sweet deal. Despite shutting down mass market operations, we expect Mahindra Two-wheelers to continue supplying spares and provide service to existing customers.