PCX 150. Sporty
Eye-catching looks have always been key to the PCX150’s appeal and for its 2019 upgraded natural contours and subtle chamfers give an even stronger substance to its trademark ‘flowing’ style. But there’s function too; more freedom to move for the rider, increased under-seat carrying capacity and crisp LCD instrumentation to match the LED head and tail-lights.
A new tubular steel duplex frame maintains the PCX’s around-town agility while improving handling; redesigned wheels save weight and wear larger tyres. The shock absorbers feature tri-rate springs and extended travel.
While maintaining its outstanding fuel efficiency, the engine makes more peak power, thanks to redesigned airbox, inlet and exhaust, without sacrifices at the bottom of the rpm range.
Selectable Idling Stop automatically stops the engine running after three seconds at idle and re-starts it instantly as soon as the throttle grip is twisted. It’s seamless in use thanks to ACG and the swing-back system that returns the crank to its position before air intake, and a decompression mechanism that negates cranking resistance from compression. The Idling Stop system has functionality to ‘read’ the battery charge and turn itself off to avoid excessive drain.
Greatly contributing to the engine’s fuel economy and performance is its layout, which is built around a host of low-friction technologies. An offset cylinder reduces friction caused by contact between piston and bore, efficiently transmitting combustion energy to the crankshaft. A compact combustion chamber and optimised ignition timing combines with efficient cooling of the combustion chamber to aid resistance to ‘knocking’. Bore and stroke is set at 57.3 x 57.9mm, with compression ratio of 10.6 : 1.
The PCX150 boasts Honda’s innovative eSP (enhanced Smart Power) engine, which employs a host of low-friction technologies to improve efficiency while also offering enhanced durability and quiet operation. The PCX150s engine also has a ‘spiny’ cast-iron sleeve – with tiny surface extensions – which keeps in check any distortion of the inner bore diameter. This design lowers tension in the piston ring, reducing friction. A shell-type needle bearing is used for the rocker arm shaft while small and light rollers work in conjunction with cam profile and valve spring load.
To make daily life on board the PCX150 that little bit more convenient it’s now fitted with the Honda Smart Key system. The Smart Key itself resides in the rider’s pocket and does away with the need to constantly insert and withdraw a key for ignition, fuel cap and seat.