Honda Forza 350 maxi-scooter revealed
The new Forza 350 maxi-scooter was launched by Honda in Thailand. The prices for the Regular version start at THB 1,73,500 (Rs 4.16 lakh) and THB 1,82,900 (Rs 4.35 lakh) for the Touring model. The differentiating bit between the two is that as usual, the Touring version is given a top enclosure.
The new Honda Forza 350 appears identical to the outgoing model at first glance, except for the new colors. It still looks very striking, especially when viewed from the front. The side profile shows all the characteristics of a proper maxi-scooter, its weight, long wheelbase, and stepped seating.
Some of the features on the Honda Forza 350 include a windscreen that can be electrically modified (150 mm higher), LED lighting, keyless ignition, digital-analog instrument cluster, and a USB charger in the enclosed cubby hole behind the apron. It has space to store a phone and a bottle of water. Speaking of storage, underneath the long seat there is a wide bin, which is enough to fit two helmets.
The new 329.6cc, single-cylinder, four-valve, liquid-cooled engine lies underneath the massive bodywork. It replaces the Forza 300 engine which displaced 279cc and produced a torque of 25.1hp at 7,000rpm and 27.2Nm at 5,750rpm.
Honda has not yet released the new scooter’s power and torque figures but says it is more than what the engine generated by the outgoing model. This is also expected to be a Euro 5/BS6-compliant engine and we expect Honda to confirm this when the engine details are released. Like the Forza 300, the Forza 350 is fitted with a CVT transmission and is also fitted with Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) or Honda talk traction control.
The underpinnings of the Honda Forza 350 are similar to those of the Forza 300. It uses a tubular steel frame with a front and twin telescopic fork, adjustable shock absorbers at the rear. The front wheel size is 15 inches while the rear wheel size is 14 inches. This has disc brakes along with dual-channel ABS at both wheels.
Although the maxi-scooter is on sale in Thailand, there is doubt regarding its chances of coming to India.
Previously Honda sold four Forza 300 units in India through its Big Wing dealerships to gauge customer response. And although it said the Forza 300 BS6 variant would be released by FY2021 in India, it remains to be seen if it launches the Forza 350, instead. There’s no doubt, though, that even if Honda releases the Forza 350 in India, it’ll command a premium, and that’ll place it in its own niche market.