All-new Honda PCX160: A new ride to freedom

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    Honda PCX-160 (Photo by Greg Bautista)

    Honda Philippines Inc. (HPI), over the weekend, launched the PCX-160. Already available in other markets since December last year, the premium motor scooter is going to add to Honda’s already impressive arsenal of motorcycles in the Philippines. It is also the brand’s confirmation of its connection with the Filipino motorcyclist.

    “As motorcycle-loving people, Filipinos deserve no less than the best riding experience they can have with their motorcycles,” HPI President Susumu Mitsuishi said in his welcome remarks to selected members of the motoring media at the Honda Safety Driving Center.

    The launch marks the introduction of the bike, but stocks will be available only this coming May. Honda dealers are accepting reservations for the motorcycle that will be assembled in Indonesia. The new variant adds to the premium ‘commuter’ line of motorcycles for the motorcycle maker.

    The pandemic sliced almost in half—around 46 percent—the total motorcycle industry sales in the 1st half of 2020. The recovery from the 3rd quarter onward is faster than expected though. This was primarily because motorcycles became the transporter of choice during and after the pandemic times.

    “At Honda Philippines, we want to impact the lives of all Filipinos with our motorcycles. We believe The all-new PCX160 will do just that. It promises to bring motorcycle riding to the next level as it complements the Filipino rider’s demand for quality, elegance, and sophistication on the road,” Mitsuishi added.

    The PCX-160 2021 comes in two variants: CBS (for ‘Combi Brake System’ with front disc and rear drum brakes) and one with a full ABS (with two disc brakes).

    Power comes from an all-new engine, called the Enhanced Smart Power Plus or eSP+. This engine ups displacement from the previous 149cc engine of the PCX-150 to 157cc. The four-stroke, 4-valve, Single Overhead Cam (SOHC), liquid-cooled, gasoline-powered engine produces 11.8kW (15.6hp) at 8,500rpm and 15Nm of torque at 6,500rpm. The added 8 ccs of displacement yields 1hp and 1.8 Nm more than the PCX-150.

    Based on internal testing HPI claims it can run up to 45 kilometers per liter. That fuel economy is partly because of the Idling Stop System (ISS) as well as its fuel-saving powertrain. ISS is a feature also available in the Honda AirBlade.

    Upfront, a new V-shaped LED headlight with position light reinforces the PCX DNA while an updated taillights design gives an impression of added length. A hazard lamp, new wheel design, and bigger tubeless tires for a better handling and more comfortable ride, twin shock rear suspension for smooth rides, and a new and wider digital meter panel for improved information visibility.

    An upgraded USB-type power outlet for convenient gadget charging is found in the expanded seat compartment which has a 30-liter capacity. The Smart Key with Anti-Theft Alarm and Answer Back System add to better motorcycle security.

    On one hand, the ABS variant adopts disc brakes for the front and rear for optimal braking performance. And it is also equipped with a Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) which works like traction control. The ABS and HSTC are perfectly combined to ensure rider’s safety: HSTC controls safety by managing wheel traction–lesser wheelspins on slippery and loose surfaces to provide more grip, while ABS provides reacts quickly in heavy braking conditions to prevent wheel lock-up.

    Two colors, Asteroid Black Metallic and the Pearl Fadeless White are currently exclusive to the ABS version with a suggested retail price of P1,339K.

    On the other hand, the CBS variant combines front and rear disc brakes but still has the needed stopping power and control. Colors include Matte Dim Gray Metallic and the Pearl Fadeless White. The suggested retail price is P1,159K.

    “The all-new PCX160 promises to make Filipinos’ riding experience go to the next level. After all, what we want is to contribute to the creation of a better, new normal,” Mitsuishi concluded adding how the new motorcycle is in line with the company’s “One Dream” campaign, which aims to fulfill every Filipino’s dream through the joy of mobility.

     

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