Plan on buying a new scooter from Honda in the future? Check out the engines they unveiled on the weekend.
Supposedly, the new 125cc and 700cc motors are more fuel efficient than older Honda units – not that scooters are known for bad gas mileage. But they reckon the new 700cc unit should get about 77 mpg in the new Integra super-scooter they’ve built around it (to be unveiled at the EICMA show in Milan). That’s supposedly about 40% better than its competition.
That’s pretty impressive, but the motor’s dual clutch gearbox should be the real difference-maker here – combined with increased displacement, it should help the water-cooled inline twin handily beat its opponents in the power department.
Honda’s also included a “Learning” function for the motor, that helps it adjust its shifting pattern to match the roadway, since mountainous roads and city streets require different inputs.
The new 125cc motor (a water-cooled, four-stroke single) also supposedly gets better fuel mileage than its competition, as well as reduced emissions. Honda say they worked on developing low-friction technologies, as well as combustion and transmission efficiency (it’s a CVT tranny) to achieve this goal.