The 2022 Honda Vario 160 has been launched in Indonesia. It's an all-new model featuring substantial performance and tech upgrades. While Honda Philippines has not brought over this sporty scooter to the local market, it could be a worthy challenger to another similar motorcycle we're all familiar with: the Yamaha Aerox 155.
So, what makes the all-new Honda Vario a potentially competitive model? Now in its seventh generation, the Vario gets a new single-cylinder, liquid-cooled 160cc engine, delivering about 13 hp and 13.4 Nm of torque. For comparison, the local-spec Yamaha Aerox features a 155cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled motor that makes around 15 hp and 13.9 Nm of torque. It appears the Aerox is a bit more powerful, but the Vario isn't that far behind at all.
Like the Aerox, the new Vario sports tires on the chunky side, measuring 100/80-14 for the front and 120/70-14 at the rear. The Aerox features tires that measure 110/80-14 at the front and 140/70-14M. The Vario could appeal to those who like a slimmer form with a still substantial ride.
The 2022 Honda Vario also gets a new rear disc brake to match its front braking setup. It also comes in two variants: CBS and dual-channel ABS. The Combi-Brake System links the front and rear brakes of the scooter. It's similar to what you can find on local models like the Honda BeAT 110.
As for pricing, the all-new Honda Vario 160 starts at 25,800,000 RP (about P91,500) for the CBS variant. The dual-channel ABS model retails for 28,500,000 RP (about P101,000). Notably, that's cheaper than the Yamaha Aerox, which starts at P112,900 for the base model and goes up to P132,900 for the Aerox S variant. Of course, we expect pricing to be different should the Vario arrive in the local market, but it could still be a worthy opponent to one of the most popular scooters around.