Latest entry into the 150 cc scooter segment is the 2018 Honda Vario 150, priced at RM7,199 for the base model while the Repsol Edition goes for RM7,399, with zero-rated GST. Launched in Indonesia earlier this year, the Vario 150 is targeted to the urban rider with its aggressive styling bringing it head-to-head with its primary competition, the Yamaha NMax 155 (RM8,409 with zero-rated GST).

LED lighting now standard on the Vario 150, front and back. Modern conveniences are also included for the Indonesia manufactured and locally assembled Vario scooter, including a full-LCD instrument panel, smart key system with alarm and call-back as well as start/stop engine function.

The Vario 150 is powered by a single-cylinder SOHC power plant with liquid-cooling, and power gets to the ground via a V-Matic automatic gearbox. This is good for 13.1 PS at 8,500 rpm, with 13.4 Nm of torque on tap at 5,000 rpm.

Weighing in at 112 kg with a seat height of 769 mm, the Vario 150 comes standard with an ACG starter and eSP technology in the engine design. Unique to the Vario scooters is Honda’s Combined Braking System (CBS), which activates the front disc and rear drum brake proportionally to aid braking efficiency.

Suspension is with conventional telescopic forks in front and monoshock at the rear suspending the engine/swingarm with braking done by single hydraulic disc in front and drum back at the rear. Fuel is carried in a 5.5-litre tank while under the seat is an 18-litre capacity storage compartment.

There are four colour options for the 2018 Honda Vario 150 – Pearl Magellanic Black, Pearl Nightfall Blue, Force Silver Metallic and the Repsol race livery. Coming with a two-year or 20,000 km manufacturing warranty, the Honda Vario 150 will be available in authorised Boon Siew Honda dealers from tomorrow.