New Honda scooters *updated
Honda has announced two new additions to its U.S. scooter lineup. A newly redesigned Metropolitan and larger-displacement version of the PCX go on sale as 2013 models.
The Metropolitan, which previously appeared on Honda’s Web site as a 2009 model, gets a complete makeover.
Every body panel has been changed, and the headlight moves from the legshield to the headset. There’s also a bigger under-seat storage compartment. Power comes from a liquid-cooled SOHC 49cc 4-stroke engine with electronic fuel injection.
The Met (aka Jazz in Canada, other names in other markets) has always been a high-quality item, and it’s not slow—we used to see one on group rides that had no trouble at all maintaining a 50 mph pace (its owner insisted it was totally stock). Honda has lowered the MSRP to $1,999, a price that makes the new Met a good choice to send a kid to college with. Or carry in an RV.
Honda’s PCX becomes a 150 for the new model year. Obviously, I wasn’t the only one who thought the PCX could use a bit more power. While no specific top speed is mentioned, the term “freeway-capable” gets tossed around a lot, so 60 mph should be achievable.
MSRP is $3,449. The scooter page continues to list the SH150i (priced about a grand more) as a 2010 model, so it appears the Italian-built scoot won’t be coming back. At least, not as a 150.
Consult your local Honda scooter dealer for details. If you still have one, that is.