KYMCO announced the launch of KYMCO SuperNEX, a fusion of “supersport” and “electric” that delivers everything modern supersport riders dream of, at EICMA 2018 .
“While people have no doubt that the next era of personal transportation is electric, many are still pondering over the profound implications of electric in the world of supersport motorcycles,” said Allen Ko, KYMCO chairman.
The quiet nature of the electric motor troubles motorcycle enthusiasts for the absence of the familiar roaring sound. Without the gratification of gear shifting, the simple twist-and-go interaction feels more utility-oriented, and sometimes even toy-like. Also, most electric motorcycles today lack the sustaining thrill of acceleration to the top-end after the initial rush. As a result, many sport bike lovers fear that supersport might lose its charm in the impending new electric era.
SuperNEX was designed around the philosophy that shifting is the art of motorbike riding. Hence, the electric supersport bike has the most advanced 6-speed transmission that allows riders to enjoy every minute of their skill-honing endeavors. It comes with clutchless upshift and downshift features.
The gears help improve not only the efficiency and responsiveness, but also the acceleration and top speed. As a result, SuperNEX can go from 0 to 100km/hr in 2.9 seconds, from 0 to 200km/hr in 7.5 seconds and from 0 to 250km/hr in 10.9 seconds. Such insane performance at any speed is simply irresistible.
The electric motor is born to be quiet by nature. This becomes an issue on a supersport bike because without sound, the character, sensation, and passion of the machine are lost. It becomes just a means of personal transportation, not an object of fiery desire.
SuperNEX, on the other hand, offers the world’s first Active Acoustic Motor, which is designed to convey the heartbeats of the machine. The motor has a multi-frequency acoustics generator that reconstructs the dynamic sounds of the motor with great authenticity. It delivers the iconic supersport thrills and messages that every sportbike rider needs. The sound can be further tuned to rider’s liking for its character and volume.
This is the first time riders are given the freedom to tune the emotion of their supersport bike to create a diversity of vehicle personalities. Sportbike riders will have many ways to enjoy SuperNEX that truly reflects the diversity in their lives.