To be honest we did not even know Honda India was taking bookings for this scooter, imagine our surprise when Honda today announced that they have delivered four Forza 300s in India. These were brought in as CBUs with a rumoured price of around 7 lakh! The good news is that Honda will be bringing in the BS6 version of this scooter and that will mostly be a CKD unit with more competitive pricing.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Minoru Kato, President, CEO and MD, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said, “Honda has a global legacy of fun model line-up. With the introduction of Forza 300 we are proud to take the wave of scooterization to next level. It will not only establish Honda as the pioneer in the mid-size scooter segment but will also help us cater to a new dimension of customers, who seek luxury and the joy of riding.”
Sharing further details, Mr. Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Senior Vice President – Sales and Marketing, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said, “Encouraged by the excitement received from customers for Forza 300 displayed at Honda BigWing, Gurugram (which were pre-booked), Honda decided to introduce it in India. We are pleased to announce that we have delivered the first lot of 4 units to our customers. Moving forward, we will announce the Euro 5 compliant version in FY 2021.”
Powering the Honda Forza 300 is a 279 cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected SOHC four-valve engine which delivers 24.8 HP @ 7000 rpm and 27.2 Nm @ 5750 rpm. It has a well-proven engine which is engineered to last and the roller type rocker arm, plain journal crank bearings and sealed crankcases deliver long-term reliability. Lower internal friction is achieved by an oil capacity of 1.7-litres and a 5 mm offset cylinder. An automatic centrifugal clutch works V-Matic Transmission (with ratios set for fast low speed reaction and smart acceleration) with a belt final drive.
Forza 300 is the first Honda scooter to be fitted with Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC). HSTC helps in regaining rear wheel traction by detecting difference between front and rear wheel speeds, calculating the slip ratio and further controlling engine torque via the fuel injection. HSTC is switchable and a ‘T’ indicator in the digital display flickers when the system is working to manage grip.
The foundation of the chassis is a tubular steel frame with a short wheelbase of 1510 mm. The radiator and battery are located between the fuel tank and under seat storage area, focusing on mass centralization. The compact dimensions of Forza 300 make it easy to maneuver it through heavy street traffic. Sturdy 33 mm telescopic forks are matched by 7-step adjustable twin rear shock absorbers which work through a single piece aluminium swing arm. The cast aluminium 15-inch front wheel and 14-inch rear tyre offers maximum traction and ride comfort. Anchoring the maxi-scooter is a single 256 mm disc brake up front and 240 mm rear disc brake with dual-channel ABS for braking control on slippery surfaces.
The Forza 300’s design lines flow back from a new Electric Screen, which adjusts smoothly through 140 mm. It is designed to provide wind protection and reduce wind noise. Stability and comfort at higher speeds and long distances, it can be instantly adjusted in its lower position for a greater sense of freedom.
Two full-face helmets can be stored under the seat, and it’s also possible to partition the storage area to house a helmet and/or rain gear and A4 sized bags. The front left inner fairing pocket is lockable, and its internal space can be arranged for the rider’s convenience. It also houses a 12V charging socket.
The Forza 300 comes with a Smart Key. With the key fob pocketed, the rider can easily control the main ignition switch knob, operate the fuel lid and access under seat storage.
The instrument cluster presents analogue speedometer and rev-counter dials along with a digital display that provides information like- odometer (3 modes), range, current mileage, trip meter, average mileage and clock, ambient temperature thermometer and battery sensor. Designed for both style and aerodynamic efficiency, the Forza 300’s sports modern lines that create a real sense of sportiness and freedom. The completely new styling is sharper, more dynamic, in line with the agility and performance offered by the compact dimensions. Silver accents around the nose, front and side cowls lend a further touch of elegance in keeping with the overall premium feel.