Mahindra Pantero Test Ride Review


Mahindra Pantero Test Ride Review

Mahindra Pantero Review

Bike tested: 2013 Mahindra Pantero

Price Ex-Showroom Chennai: Rs. 44,190/- (T4 variant)

Mahindra’s 2-wheeler department is well known for value for money, feature-laden, efficient scooters. But people with sharp memory will remember that Mahindra also had an entry level commuter bike, the Stallio, a 110cc bike which was pulled backed by Mahindra due to technical glitches. Come July 2012, Mahindra inaugurated their R&D Center in Pune with a large amount of investment. It started developing engines from 110 cc to a large 300cc engine for the Mojo, which is being designed at this facility. Finally the finished product is out, the Mahindra Pantero! The company has also unveiled the Centuro, which is the same as the Pantero but with more features. A product which is a completely new and not a single thing is been shared with the old Stallio. The brakes, suspension, chassis, and the engine all are new and is developed in house at Mahindra’s R&D center. We take a quick spin and put the Mahindra Pantero through its paces to find out Mahindra’s first sole attempt in the competitive motorcycle segment.

Styling – The Mahindra Pantero at first glance looks very substantial, the paint job is good and it has good road presence which will easily stand out in the crowd. The slim and angular headlight is carried over from the Stallio. The fuel tank has a muscular appearance to it and flowing lines continue on to the side panels and rear fender which gets a dose of a unique color graphic scheme, adding flare and accentuating the styling. At the rear of the Mahindra Pantero, the huge LED tail light piece is the attention grabber. The turn indicators, the panels and everything else matches styling expect the RVMs which are circular and don’t particularly gel with the styling package. Overall, Mahindra’s attempt at making a distinct looking commuter has paid off.

Ergonomics – The seating position is upright and not very wide making it very comfortable. The foot pegs are placed for a comfortable ride for both the rider and the pillion. The RVMs do the job very well. Seat base is long and very comfortable but a bit narrow for big riders. There is enough space for inner thighs to breathe and the scoops on the tank serve their purpose well with good thigh support. Overall, long journeys are comfortable enough on the Pantero.

Instrument Cluster and Switch Gear – The circular three pod instrument cluster looks refreshing and seems to be borrowed from Mahindra’s scooter division. A segment first, includes a complete digital dash with tachometer, speedometer, a trip meter with mode and set button to adjust the clock and reset trip metre. Switch gear on the Pantero is seen on other bikes which are two segments above which include a pass button too.

Performance and Gearbox – The Pantero is powered by an all new single-cylinder, 4-stroke, 2-valves, over square layout 106 cc engine which produces 8.5 BHP of peak power at 7500 RPM and 8.5 Nm of torque at 5500 RPM. The engine is revv happy, smooth and has NVH levels which match Japanese its contenders. The engine has sufficient low end grunt but the mid and top-end grunt is good and the top speed is around 91 km/hr. The 4-speed gearbox is now butter smooth and despite the long abuse it wasn’t clunky at the end of the day. Gearing is a mixed bag, the second gear is tall and with the mediocre low end grunt will make the rider constantly shift down while overtaking in traffic. The engine cleanly revs up to 9000 RPM and this is where vibes are present, a common story with all bikes of this segment. Mahindra claims the Pantero will do the 0 – 60 km/hr sprint in 8.8 seconds.

Riding Dynamics – The Mahindra Pantero comes equipped with a rugged double cradle chassis, 5-step adjustable rear shocks which are backed by 18-inch wheels which have grippy MRF tyres slapped on to them. Combine these statics to a light kerb weight of 110 kgs and a short wheelbase of 1265 mm and you get a very agile motorcycle. It stays planted on the corners and gives you positive feedback. But pushing the Pantero harder will make one crave for a stiffer setup. A major credit goes to the tyres for the superb dynamics. Ride quality is fantastic, even the biggest bumps don’t upset the balance of the motorcycle or the rider. 130 mm drum brakes at the front are not that great and one expects to have disc brake as an option on this feature laden bike. All though rear brakes do the job well.

Miscellaneous – At 13.7-litres, this is the largest fuel tank in its class while competitors are offering not more than 10-litres. The fit and finish is excellent and there are two bolts below the seat to tie stuff. There is a storage compartment on the right side to carry edible stuff in complete comfort. Lot of kit comes as standard like LEDs at the front and rear, multi-function digital speedometer and one can choose from alloys to spoke wheels from digital to analog meters too. We are waiting for the disc brake variant to come in soon, because the bike which is this loaded deserves this option.

Verdict – There is no doubt, this 110 cc bike is the best in its class when compared to the competitors. With loads of features on offer and sensible variants have been chalked out for aggressive pricing, the Mahindra Pantero is bound to attract the customers to showrooms. But it’s the lack of after sales support which draws people back to the market leaders. If Mahindra succeeds at creating an excellent after sales network, then Mahindra could taste success of what they dreamed of while making these competent commuters.

What’s Cool

* High quality
* Feature filled
* Dynamics

What’s Not So Cool

* Disc brake
* Mahindra lack of service

Mahindra Pantero Specifications

* Engine: 106.7cc, Air-Cooled, 4-stroke engine, Mci-5
* Power: 8.5 PS @ 7500 RPM
* Torque: 8.5 Nm @ 5500 RPM
* Transmission: 4-speed manual
* Top Speed: 91 km/h
* Fuel Consumption: 60 km/l
* Fuel Type: Petrol
* Frame Type: Double cradle steel tubular structure
* Suspension: Telescopic Fork (Front), Coiled 5-step adjustable (Rear)
* Tyres: 2.75/18 (Front), 3.0/18 (Rear)
* Brakes: 130 mm drum (Front), 110 mm drum (Rear)
* Headlamp: 12 V – 35W/35W

Mahindra Pantero Dimensions

* Overall length x width x height: 2000 mm X 735 mm X 1050 mm
* Wheelbase: 1265 mm
* Seat Height: 805 mm
* Ground Clearance: 165 mm
* Fuel Tank Capacity: 13.7-litres
* Kerb weight: 110.5 kgs

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  • Ben

    Every thing looks pleasing but what about mileage and reliability. Even their scooters offer poorest mileage. Even I lost 25k in a mahindra product. Finally all the best for mahindra.

    • Basavaraj

      r u in2 competation…
      What other manufacturers are importing from Germany…? Japan….????
      Be Indian, Encorage its effort.
      More over do you know Mahindra in 4 Wheeler, Tractor etc segment?
      Finally let me clarify I’m not representing or working with Mahindra.
      But I know about this.

  • Maddy

    It is good to see mahindra come back with great quality…! But what make bike salebal is after sales service, otherwise it will not take time to get mahindra on same way of suzuki and yamaha, great products but poor after sales service….so mahindra should look for better aftrr sales service to go better….!

  • Amish

    They should have dumped that 106cc Chinese engine, it is Panthero’s weakest link.

    • Mohit

      @amish, this is all new engine made enitrely by mahindra, its no chinese engine

    • CRAZY4

      designed by mahindra made & imported from China

    • sidhu

      designed in india

  • Ramesh

    I strongly believe most of the components from China

  • gufran

    pantero is a complete bike

  • Bikewala

    Nothing new or innovative in this bike ..!! Why anyone should go for it ? better bikes are out there tested and trusted ..Mahindra failed to add new and creative/different things to this bike.

    • Basavaraj

      Better Pickup, Millage, Look with Digital S/M, Trip Meter, Twin lights, Remote Key as standard.
      More over Golden Bumper below the petrol tank.
      Butterfly Bumper, Saree Gard etc are standard and free.
      where r u getting all these features. are they not looking like new.

  • Gajbar

    mahindra has potential. they just need to work on it

  • abhi

    same style from suzuki

    • akhil

      @abhi Yes.. Looks same as suzuki slingshot ..
      Why anyone buy this ? if u can better product like hayate in less price than this ..

  • satish

    Pantero is very impressive. Value for money, low maintenance, long seats for smooth and comfort ride. well done mahindra !

  • Akhil Bishwal

    I want to buy a mahindra bike. Is it reliable ? Is it comparable to hero, honda, bajaj and yahma bikes ?

    • http://www.motorbeam.com/ Faisal Khan

      Akhil, reliability is yet to be proven.

  • abc

    mahindra Acquired Kinetic 2 wheeler business. As can be seen the boday of the bike resembles kinetic(Old Bikes) but i am not sure of quality and realibility although other products from this company are good and some even compete with best brands…

  • gitesh

    Pantero is very good bike. Loaded with many features. I saw this bike in Talash Movie first. Aamir was looking so handsome on pantero.

  • manas

    Awesome features like bike alarm and finder, stylish digital speedometer. Pantero is the star bike.

  • monu

    Is Pantero still available in the market ? like to go for.

    • Vivek Joshi

      Yes. Mahindra Pantero is available in the market. you can go for it but mahindra centuro has some security features to safe bike from theft.

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