Apr 9, 2018

Honda Forza 300 makes its ASEAN debut at Bangkok Motor Show 2018

Following a successful stint in Europe, Honda has now made the Honda Forza 300 scooter available in Thailand as the first entry point to the ASEAN market. The new scooter marked for its sharper lines, design tweaks and an all-new traction control system was unveiled at the Bangkok International Motor Show (BIMS) 2018.

Three years ago, Honda had launched its Forza 125cc in Europe and since then it has sold up to 30,000 units. Similar to the Forza 125cc the new-generation Forza 300cc is also no less popular in Europe. So, hoping for a same response in the ASEAN countries Honda has now introduced the Forza 300 scooter at the Bangkok International Motor Show (BIMS) 2018, with Thailand becoming the first country to receive it.

The new Honda Forza 300 comes with modern lines that add to its sharpness and dynamism. The scooter is equipped with body-mounted foldable mirrors with turn signals. Flanked by them is a slightly bigger and electrically adjustable windshield. At the lower front fa├žade, full-LED headlights and taillights are situated.

It has a wider seating area, fully comfortable for two passengers. The under-the-seat storage is capacious enough to house two full-face helmets. The front left inner fairing pocket can be locked with a phone and a water bottle tucked inside. A 12V charging socket also finds a place there. The scooter is armed with a Smart Key intended for controlling both the main ignition knob and the compartment locking.

The performance figures of the Honda Forza 300 are respectable enough. A 279cc liquid-cooled fuel-injected SOHC four-valve engine cranks out 25hp power and 27.2Nm peak torque. The V-Matic transmission sends the power to the rear wheels and ensures quick reaction at low speeds and final drive for higher top speed.

The 183kg scooter includes an 11.6-liter fuel tank. The average fuel consumption stands at 31km/l while the speed maxes out at 129km/h. For a steady ride and safe maneuvering, the scooter has 33mm telescopic forks and twin rear shock absorbers. Moving the vehicle are a pair of 14-inch wheels covered with 120mm tire and 140mm tire respectively on the front and the rear.

The Honda Forza 300 employs a new traction control system known as Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC). The system is capable of differentiating between the front and the rear wheel speeds, calculating the slip ratio, and moderating engine's torque to maintain balance. Of note, the Forza 300 is the first scooter from Honda to have the proprietary HSTC system.

The Honda Forza 300 is currently available to buy in Thailand in four paint jobs. Priced at THB169,000 (around PHP280,000) it will square off with the Yamaha XMAX and Kymco Xtown to gain traction in the country. As of now, there is no confirmation if the Honda Forza will also debut in the Philippines.

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