Hero Motocorp launched the more premium version of the Maestro few months back, the Maestro Edge. It is the same scooter that is sold in the Columbian market by the name ‘Dash’. It is based on the same platform as the Duet and it won’t be wrong to call it a more expensive version of the Duet. After the company parted its ways with its erstwhile partner Honda, the company has been ever since upgrading its R&D unit and has come up with some of the most interesting concepts in recent times. Maestro Edge is another male centric scooter from Hero Motocorp that has grabbed a lot of eye balls lately.
Design and Looks-
Maestro Edge has a radically different design unlike anything else in the same segment. It looks tall from the front, the Maestro Edge holds a big headlight assembly and a small black cowl on top that complements the whole front look. Compared to the standard Maestro, the front looks broader and taller, which gives it a big scooter look. If there is one thing that should be underlined here, then it is the plastic and switch gear quality on this one. It is better than expected and adds to the premium feel of the scooter.
The LED tail light assembly on the Maestro Edge is striking and glows up in the V-Shape that looks different and adds to the uniqueness of the rear section. The exhaust on the Maestro Edge comes in Titanium finish and is a fresh design. The meter console is semi digital that displays all the information needed in a very readable manner. The speedometer is made in contrasting black and orange colour while the digital meter displays all the information including fuel level, trip meter, odometer, service indicator and stuff that is more than expected in a scooter of this range. There is also a side stand indicator on the left side of the console.
Ride and Handling-
Maestro Edge doesn’t disappoints when it comes to riding. It has wide and comfortable seat that gels well with the overall ‘big scooter’ feel of it. The seat is padded well to support your bums on the long rides and on the other hand the suspensions setup is a bit stiffer that adds to the over-all handling of the scooter. The suspension though works well to soak all the bumps the city roads has to throw at it making it a good handler especially at corners. The turning radius on the Maestro Edge is very small enabling it to move in and out of the traffic effortlessly. Maestro Edge also promises to deliver a smooth riding experience since even at higher speeds there are absolutely no vibrations felt.
Engine and performance-
It packs the same 110.9cc air cooled, 4-stroke single cylinder engine that is seen on the Duet. It is smooth and refined power mill that linearly delivers 8.31bhp of maximum power at 8000rpm and 8.30Nm of torque at 6500rpm. The engine delivers enough torque to ride the scooter in the daily city conditions. The scooter is almost 6kgs lighter than the Duet and hence feels bit more responsive and also delivers a decent fuel economy of around 64km/lt in mixed conditions. Not much to say about the engine here.
The Maestro Edge comes along with quite a few features to allure customers. Its USB charging point is easy to use which can be reached after opening the under seat storage area. Both the rear external fuel lid and the under seat storage can be opened by twisting the key clockwise or anti-clockwise for the respective need. The under seat storage has a boot light and is spacious enough to pack all the stuff you bought from the grocery store. It is offered in two variants among which one doesn’t have alloys. Apart from that it is also given Hero’s Integrated Braking System which works well under harsh braking times. It also gets an immobilizer key (Anti-Theft system) which adds to the number of features Maestro Edge has to offer as compared to its counterparts.
The Hero Maestro Edge is currently the bestselling scooter from Delhi based two-wheeler firm, it is also the second most selling scooter in Indian market right now. At a price it is offered at, it is certainly one of those scooters you should consider in this segment. It carries a fresh design, sturdy body, smooth engine and enough of the features you can demand in this segment.
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