The scooter market in India started getting a hold on the motorcycle market not long ago, and with this, all the manufacturers started planning to launch new offerings to make out the best of these times. Honda makes India’s bestselling scooter, Activa, which definitely needs no introduction. Apart from that, the company also sells Dio scooter which has been around for quite some time now. Recently Honda launched the new Dio DLX scooter which is the top spec model in the Dio range. It is differentiated from its standard variant with the new golden rims and fresh color options including Marshal Green Metallic and Axis Grey Metallic.
Unlike Activa, Dio carries more of a trendy design and sharp looks that makes it more appealing to the young buyers. Honda Dio DLX directly compete against Yamaha RAY ZR which is Yamaha’s 'Ace of Spades'.
Engine and specifications –
The new Honda Delux carries the same engine on the standard Dio, it packs a 109 cc Fan Cooled, 4 Stroke, SI Engine that generates 8bhp of maximum power at 7000 rpm and peak torque of 8.91 Nm comes at 5500 rpm. The scooter comes packed with a V – Matic transmission for easy commuting. Also, this engine comes tagged with Honda’s famous HET tag (Honda ECO TECHNOLOGY) for maximum efficiency. Talking about the Yamaha Ray ZR, it comes with a 113 CC Air-cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC, 2-valve engine which churns out 7.1bhp of maximum power at 7500 rpm and 8.1Nm of peak torque comes around 5000 rpm. This scooter also packs a V – Matic transmission for effortless riding.
Dimension and cycle parts –
The Yamaha weighs close to 105kg for its disc variant and can accommodate nearly 5.2L of fuel at once. While the Honda can accommodate nearly the same fuel at 5.3L, also it weighs almost similar at 104kg. But where it clearly excels is in its ground clearance as it is 158 mm compared to 130mm on its rival. And as per Indian rough and tough driving conditions, the higher the ground clearance is, the better. Both the scooters share the same tire size of 90/100-10 53J at both the ends.
In terms of features and utility, the Honda Dio DLX offers an optional mobile charging socket in its 18L of boot space, tubeless tires are offered as standard, also its brakes come with Honda’s patented CBS technology for safer braking. It also comes with front and retractable rear hook for maximum luggage carrying convenience. The new DLX version is offered with LED headlight and an all-digital console, which is seen for the first time in the Dio range. Also, its four-in-one ignition key system is a new standout feature which is also shared with the Honda Grazia, and Activa 5G. The scooter doesn’t offer optional front disc brake which is present in its rival scooter, the Yamaha Ray ZR. Also, the Ray ZR has a bigger capacity boot space of 21L but doesn’t offer USB charging socket, unlike the Dio DLX. What’s also missing in terms of features is the digital meter, and four-in-one ignition key system, as it only comes with a very basic key shutter lock system. So overall, it is the Honda Dio DLX which is more feature equipped compared to its rival.
The new Honda Dio DLX was recently launched at Rs 53,292 (ex-showroom, Delhi), which is close to Rs 3,000 costly than its standard variant. Talking about the Ray ZR, the scooter retails at Rs 55,898 (ex-showroom, Delhi), for the disc variant and Rs 53,451 (ex-showroom, Delhi) for its standard drum brake variant.