Honda Livo BS6 launched in India; more powerful, new features and costlier than 125cc Shine

Honda today launched its premium 110cc commuter bike, the Livo. The Honda Livo BS6 has got two variants and these are the drum and disc. The Honda Livo BS6 drum price in India is Rs 71,545 while that of the front disc variant is Rs 74,600, ex-showroom, Mumbai. This price is more than that of even the BS6 Honda Shine and at least Rs 12,000 more than the BS4 Livo. Honda is claiming to have sent the bikes to dealerships but we reckon you wait for around a month before going over. There are four colours of the Livo BS6 – Black, Athletic Blue, Imperial Red and Matte Axis Grey. Honda is justifying the price by adding new features and enhancing the overall product portfolio. Given that since September last year, HMSI has sold more than 2-3 lakh BS6 bikes, it is imperative the commuter too will be lapped up.

What’s new in the Honda Livo BS6?

The Honda Livo BS6 price might be higher than all BS6 110cc bikes on sale now but it has got the goods. Honda has added a silent starter, a new semi-digital instrument cluster, engine kill switch, low-rolling resistance rear tyre and more. The headlight is now a DC unit though we wished HMSI had given LED lights. There is also a service-due indicator. The upper-dipper button along with a pass light switch has been integrated as well. The seat too has been been elongated by 17mm to provide for a comfortable perch. At the same time, ground clearance of this model surprisingly has gone down by 17mm and now stands at 163mm. Honda has also reduced wheelbase by 7mm while the width has gone up by 13mm.

Kerb weight has increased by 1kg. The Honda Livo’s engine too now displaces more ceecees than before but only slightly. This 110cc BS6 motor produces more power than the BS4 unit – 8.79PS vs 8.31PS. This can be attributed to the fuel injection system in place and a higher compression ratio. The torque in the meanwhile stands at 9.30Nm vs 9.09Nm of the BS4. The gearbox though is still a 4-speed unit. Fuel efficiency is claimed to have gone up though we don’t know by how much.

A 240mm front disc is optional while 130mm drum units are standard. Among other standard bits is the CBS. We will advise you to opt for the front disc unit as it is safer than a drum. All-in-all, the Livo has got a much-needed update. It will compete with the Hero Passion Pro, upcoming TVS Victor BS6 and the Bajaj Platina 110 H-Gear.

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