So the age of the 150cc scooters is now a thing of the past. For Honda, scooters with 160cc engine displacement are the future. Just recently, Honda has taken off the wraps of the new ADV160 – which is meant to replace the ADV150 that landed on our shores in 2019.
According to Honda, the new ADV160 packs a 157cc, liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine that churns out about 16 Ps of power at 8,500 rpm and 14.7 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm. By comparison, the outgoing ADV150 churns 14.5 Ps of power and 13.8 Nm of torque – or just a meager 1.5 and 0.9 power and torque gain, respectively.
According to Honda, the new ADV160 is equipped with Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) which works, in a way, similar to a traction control that is found in most modern big bikes.
Also new to the ADV160 is a larger-capacity under-seat compartment, now at 30 liters versus the outgoing ADV150’s 28 liters. A USB charging port also comes standard.
The All-New ADV160 will be available in three color variants: Matte Gunpowder Black Metallic, Matte Solar Red Metallic, and Matte Pearl Crater White. The SRP will be PHP 164,900. Showroom availability at your local Honda motorcycle dealer is to be advised.
Pros and cons
Design-wise, the ADV150 – which is where the ADV160 is based – is advanced for its time. In fact, when the X-ADV 750 adventure maxi scooter-inspired ADV150 was launched 3-years ago, it immediately set a trend and other manufacturers like SYM, KYMCO, Lifan, Dayang and Aprilia followed suit and released their own versions of “dual-sport” scooters.
Another pro feature of the ADV160 is that an anti-lock braking system or ABS already comes standard and adds to the safe travel of its riders. Like its predecessor, the ADV150, the new ADV160 is also equipped with Honda’s Idling Stop System (ISS) which turns off the engine during a traffic stop, then fires it back to life with just a twist of the throttle – making its already fuel-efficient engine even more efficient.
Unfortunately, with skyrocketing prices of commodities, especially fuel, a scooter with an almost PHP 165,000 price tag may be out of reach for most Pinoy riders. Also, with the ADV160’s low ground clearance that is similar to most available scooters in the market today, it doesn’t really make for a legitimate dual-sport scooter.
But then again, the ADV160 was never intended to be an entry-level scooter (in the Philippines) and is considered by many as their “dream scooter”. Additionally, its set of dual-sport tires makes the ADV160 better than the other sub-200cc scooters in terms of tackling our pothole-infested national roads.
So, is the new ADV160 a good buy at PHP 164,900 SRP? Let us know in the comments section below.