The Mahindra two wheelers limited is a part of the prestigious Indian automobile group, after acquiring a position of honor and trust in a wide and varied range of automobile arenas including SUV, aircraft, powerboats and tractors, M&M ventured into the realms of two-wheeler manufacturing. Their high performance and innovative products are a manifestation of the strong technological capabilities which have been developed at their highly advanced R&D center. It is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities to develop world-class products. The Mahindra two wheelers R&D facility is headed by two-wheeler experts who lead various futuristic technology and product development projects. Mahindra two wheeler was entered in the 125cc scooter segment without having touched the 110cc market, which is considered a huge crumb of scooter sales in India. They have realized the missing plug and rolled up their sleeves to get into the 110cc segment as well and to fulfill the purpose, Mahindra entered with its first home grew 110cc scooter, namely Gusto. Gusto is loaded with features like they are first for scooters in their market. A fascinating aspect about this scooter is the manual seat height adjustment option. It is one more smart feature is the self-locking mechanism on the seat which keeps it an upright position and the rider does not have to hold it while keeping and taking out belongings.
Mahindra Gusto is the first attempt by its maker in the 110cc segment and they have proved it justified by having equipped their new scooter with efficient technically sound features so that it can deliver decent power as well as healthy mileage. A remarkable fuel-efficiency of 63kmph is claimed by Mahindra for the Gusto. The engine used in this scooter is a 4-stroke, single cylinder, air-cooled with a displacement of 109.6cc and this decent M-TEC unit pushes out the maximum power of 8bhp at 7,500rpm and a peak torque of 9Nm at 5,500rpm. The automatic CVT transmission is responsive and also offers a free flow of acceleration. The acceleration is smooth and despite the rubber-band effect of the CVT, it feels nippy and responsive. The handling in Gusto is decent enough for having an enthusiastic ride, or just potter around the city at an easy pace. The 109.6cc petrol engine is very frugal in nature and it is claimed to deliver impressive fuel economy of 63.7kmpl. Suspension duties are carried out by telescopic air springs which are not as firm as one would expect. The Gusto features large twelve-inch tyres which vouch for firmness even at high-speeds and these tubeless tyres not just provide stability on road but them also vital from the point of view of safety.
A fully analogue instrument console has been used on the Mahindra Gusto. It is enclosed in a very nice colored plastic cabin and with separate compartments for speedometer, fuel gauge as well as the LED indications. The console has a quick storage space below it that can be slides out to place some small things like sunglasses or phone. This was a first-time feature to be on a scooter in India. It features like halogen head lamps with LED lamps, height adjustable seat, find me lamps; guide lamp, large tubeless tyres, fuel gauge, utility storage, remote flip key, instrument cluster with analog speedometer, and easy front kick etc are available on Gusto. The feature rich Gusto got some of the segment best fitments absent in arch rivals such as Jupiter, Maestro, and Activa. Jupiter and Frankly are the only model which gets tubeless tyres and telescopic suspensions with air springs. Mahindra Gusto faces threat from a number of products such as TVS Jupiter, Yamaha Ray, Hero Maestro and Honda Activa.