The Forza name has long been a powerful force in Honda’s two-wheeled line-up. Its history as a premium, mid-size scooter goes back to the year 2000: the first model set the template, delivering a lively ride, plenty of storage room and an innovative combined braking system. It was well received throughout Europe, where owners found its multi-role capability useful in every aspect of daily life. Since the arrival of the Forza 125 for 2015 over 200,000 Forza’s have been sold in Europe, from the 125, the 350 and range-topping Forza 750.
While retaining its trademark mix of sporty and GT character, the middleweight Forza has constantly evolved, aiming to exceed owners’ expectations with every upgrade. Manufactured in Honda Italia Industriale, it has long been known as a flagship in Honda’s scooter range. As long ago as 04YM it gained Honda’s S MATIC electronically controlled CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission), a theft-deterring Smart key, highly efficient PGM-FI fuel injection and space for two full-face helmets under the seat. 05YM saw the addition of ABS brakes and, in 08YM, luxurious touches like an audio package and speakers plus upgraded S MATIC (with phased auto shift mode) and Combined ABS brakes were added.
In 16YM the Forza 300 re-emerged with a new ‘sit-in’ design large enough to carry two people in total comfort, even at highways speeds. 18YM marked the unveiling of a radically revised Forza 300 – lighter, smaller, sharper and sportier – following in the hugely successful wheel tracks of its smaller sibling, the Forza 125, while retaining all the best attributes of its ‘GT’ nature. A ‘Limited-Edition’ model with Grey/Gloss Black colour scheme and matching Smart top box added an exclusive choice in 20YM.
In 21YM it was time for another advance: the Forza 350. Faster, even more useful – with new features like Bluetooth connectivity and, of course, even more stylish desirability.
23YM saw the Forza 350 move on again with a sleek new redesign, for 24YM two brand-new contemporary colours and a new colour combination maintain its desirability with riders across Europe.
After a style refresh in 23YM, Honda’s mid-size sporty/GT sit-in scooter gains two contemporary new colours and a new colour combination for 24YM. Standard specification includes enhanced Smart Power+ (eSP+) engine, HSTC, electric screen adjustment, USB Type-C socket, storage space for two full-face helmets, full LED lighting and Smart Key operation. The Forza 350 can wirelessly connect its rider to various smartphone functions via the Honda RoadSync, which is compatible with IOS as well as Android devices.
23YM saw the introduction of a brand-new front fairing that gave the Forza 350 a new identity. Led by chiselled dual LED headlights, the Forza 350 took its styling cues directly from the range-topping Forza 750.
The electric screen adjusts through 180mm travel to maximise freedom or wind protection. A USB Type-C socket in the glovebox provides a handy charging point, Smart Key operation adds convenience and there’s room for two full-face helmets under the seat.
The sure-footed chassis is unchanged, as is the 330cc, four-valve, water-cooled SOHC engine which employs Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) to maintain rear tyre grip. Developing 21.5kW and 31.5Nm, performance is strong all the way through the rev-range, delivering crisp acceleration and a top speed of 137km/h.
The instrument panel, refreshed for 23YM, gives the rider the possibility of linking to their smartphone via Bluetooth and Honda RoadSync, which is compatible with IOS as well as Android devices.
The 24YM Forza 350 will be available in the following colour options:
**NEW** Pearl Nightstar Black
**NEW** Matt Pearl Cool White
Matt Pearl Pacific Blue with NEW Black wheels
Matt Cynos Gray Metallic
Pearl Falcon Gray