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KYMCO Introduces at EICMA 2018 SuperNEX Electric Supersport Motorcycle

Posted on November 7, 2018 by Reyn Tribiana

KYMCO Introduces at EICMA 2018 SuperNEX Electric Supersport Motorcycle

 

A Revolutionary New Concept that Shapes the Electric Era of Supersport Motorcycles

MILAN, ITALY – November 6, 2018 – At EICMA 2018 KYMCO announced the launch of KYMCO SuperNEX, a fusion of “supersport” and “electric” that delivers everything modern supersport riders dream of.

“While people have no doubt that the next era of personal transportation is   electric,” said Allen Ko, KYMCO chairman. “Many are still pondering over the profound implications of electric in the  world  of  supersport  motorcycles.”  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.

Delivering on Supersport Riders’ Dreams 

By expanding on the insights of what people truly want, KYMCO has architected the most compelling direction for the era of electric supersport motorcycles. These design philosophies come to life in five tangible approaches:

Fusion of Electric Motor and Sport Transmission

 First and foremost, 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 slipper clutch further helps smooth out the ride on normal downshifting.

 

Motorcycle riders are often looked up to by others for their skills in commanding    the full potential of the vehicle. They master the timing of shifting to utilize different power bands of the motor. They are driven by the improvement of their own skills and the pursuit of self-realization. To motorcycle riders, perfect gear shifting is a statement of status, exclusivity, and pride. The gears make motorcycle r

With the gears, SuperNEX provides the human-machine connection that all sportbike riders can’t live without.

 

Endless Acceleration through All Speeds

 

An unfortunate shortcoming of today’s electric motorcycles is that the inherent characteristic of the electric motor has a power curve that reaches maximum horsepower at midrange and then declines thereafter. As a result, on a single gear electric motorcycle, once it reaches a certain speed  the  surge  of  acceleration starts to fade noticeably. Moreover, this lack of power is most often felt at high-speed riding, which supersport riders enjoy the most.

SuperNEX is a totally different story. The 6-speed transmission allows riders to make use of the most optimal power band of  the  motor  to  extract  the  full potential of the vehicle. 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.

When acceleration feels like a completion of a thought, the SuperNEX experience  is simply irresistible.

   

 

 

Full Engagement Performance

 The capabilities of today’s supersport motorcycles exceed  the  skills  of  most riders. Therefore, to allow all sport bike lovers to confidently engage in the quest    of the next level of skills, KYMCO created KYMCO FEP – KYMCO Full  Engagement Performance – an advanced performance management system that allows the rider to engage the full potential of the vehicle.

 

With FEP, riders can always perform a perfect launch. During hard acceleration, FEP ensures there is no wheelie or wheel slippage. During hard braking, FEP prevents rear wheel lifting. When riding through uneven or wet surfaces, FEP provides maximum traction. Moreover, the degree of FEP engagement can be adjusted to riders’ preference.

 

KYMCO wants to extend the privileged pursuit of the ultimate thrill of supersport      to a larger group of riding enthusiasts. FEP empowers all sportbike riders to enjoy the full potential of SuperNEX.

Active Acoustic Motor

 

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.

 

On a supersport motorcycle, the sound is one of the most important media for      the human-machine connection. The sound communicates the rpm level and the load condition of the motor. It constantly gives the rider situation awareness, so riders can determine their timing for shifting the gear and applying the throttle.

 

And, with the rpm rising and the speed climbing, riders hear the surge of the  sound one crescendo after another. It is one of the most intense sources of thrill for the sportbike riders.

 

The sound also declares the unique character of the machine. Whether it is vrooming, roaring, rumbling, or screaming, every supersport bike has  its  own distinct sound that is different in tone, intensity, texture and delivery. It is not only a discrete projection of each machine, but also an outward declaration of the owner. The sound is the most important source of emotional  engagement  with  a supersport motorcycle.

 

The sound is the voice of the machine. Active Acoustic Motor gives riders the   sound that speaks not only for the heart of the vehicle, but also for the soul of the rider.

 

Adaptive Machine Personalities

 

Today’s supersport motorcycles let riders set certain  electronic  functions,  but what’s  lacking so far is the true personality changeover of the machine to follow   the mood of the rider and the different aspects of the rider’s life. A departure from the conventional electric motorcycles, SuperNEX offers four modes of vehicle personality:

 

Poised, which turns off the world around you as you glide through the neighborhood, quietly projecting your inner strength.

 

Assertive, which turns on the attitude switch. Life is a perfect balance between power and civility.

 

Bold, which puts immense might under your grip, ready to release anytime in synchrony with your heartbeat.

 

Extreme, which means the beast is out, the desire is on fire, and others can only  be seen in the rearview mirror.

 

Sportbike riders aspire to enjoy every riding occasion to its fullest. Sometimes we want to be wild, but oftentimes we choose to be civilized. At certain occasions it is fulfilling to go all out, but in other situations we choose to be reserved. Being in     total control is the norm, but we also like the option to live on the edge

 

 

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.

 

“With SuperNEX, KYMCO marks the beginning of the next era of supersport,” said Allen Ko. “We believe electric opens up a new era of boundless opportunities to win the hearts of the most discerning riders all over the world.

 

CHAIRMAN SPEECH

THE NEXT ERA OF SUPERSPORT

“Electric” is one of the most significant transformations of modern transportation. 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.

 

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  sportbike lovers fear that supersport might lose its charm in the impending new electric era.

 

At KYMCO our longstanding mission is to always go above and beyond to understand people's unfulfilled needs. By expanding on the insights  of  what people truly want, we have discovered that electric is, in fact, not a compromise, but a boundless opportunity to transform the supersport segment.

 

The key lies in the fact that there has been a shift in what people desire from the supersport. They love the attention from the head-turning sound but now also demand the option for silent cruising in quiet neighborhoods. They enjoy the sensation of human-machine interaction but now also hope to be able to ride at ease when relaxed. They want the thrill of insane performance but now also demand extra assurance, control and safety. Everything that modern supersport riders dream of, while previously an impossible balancing act, is now realistically within reach in the new electric era.

 

Ladies and gentlemen, I’d like to introduce to you the next era of supersport, KYMCO SuperNEX.

   

First, we believe shifting is the art of motorbike riding. Motorcycle riders are often looked up to by others for their skills in commanding the full potential of the    vehicle. They master the timing of shifting to utilize different power bands of the motor. They are driven by the improvement of their own skills and the pursuit of self-realization. To motorcycle riders, perfect gear shifting is a statement of status, exclusivity, and pride. The gears make motorcycle riding timelessly fascinating.

 

Unfortunately, the gears disappear in many electric motorcycles, and the sense of achievement so enjoyed by sportbike riders is lost as well.

We want to bring back the art of motorbike riding. We give SuperNEX 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 slipper clutch further helps smooth out the ride on normal downshifting. With the gears, SuperNEX provides the human-machine connection that all sportbike riders can’t live without. We want SuperNEX to deliver that special feeling of the rider being at one with the machine.

 

Have you ever had this feeling before? You were riding, and you had this spontaneous thought about hopping straight to that  spacious  spot  in  the  next lane. You throttled up, and you were there –  the  change  of  your  position happened in a blink of an eye! Yes, we’ve all experienced that satisfying sensation before. The best acceleration feels like a completion of a thought.

 

Unfortunately, most electric motorcycles today fall short of what the sportbike riders demand from a supersport bike. The inherent characteristic of the electric motor has a power curve that reaches maximum horsepower at midrange and  then declines thereafter. As a result, on a single gear electric motorcycle, once it reaches a certain speed the surge of acceleration starts to fade noticeably.

 

Moreover, this lack of power is most often felt at high-speed riding, which supersport riders enjoy the most.

   

SuperNEX is a totally different story. The 6-speed transmission allows riders to make use of the most optimal power band of  the  motor  to  extract  the  full potential of the vehicle. 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 capabilities of today’s supersport motorcycles exceed the skills  of  most riders. Only the very few, most experienced riders can comfortably exploit the  limits of their supersport bikes. Therefore, to allow all sportbike lovers to  confidently engage in the quest of the next level of skills, a supersport bike must provide utmost safety, control and assurance. Only when there are no such worries, can the riders fully enjoy the great potential of a supersport motorcycle. Excitement comes from exploring limits with confidence

 

However, most electric motorcycles today focus on the simple acceleration numbers. Without advanced electronic rider aides, the insane capability of the supersport can quickly become more of a burden than joy to the rider. Especially with the tremendous torque delivered by the motor, it is imperative that the    electric supersport is equipped with all the right  electronics  to  help  the  rider safely extract its full potential.

 

To achieve this goal, we have created KYMCO FEP – an advanced performance management system that allows the rider to engage the full potential of the  vehicle. With FEP, riders can always perform a perfect launch. During hard acceleration, FEP ensures there is no wheelie or wheel slippage. During hard braking, FEP prevents rear wheel lifting. When riding through uneven or wet surfaces, FEP provides maximum traction. Moreover, the degree of FEP engagement can be adjusted to riders’ preference. We want to extend to more enthusiastic riders the privileged pursuit of the ultimate thrills of supersport. FEP empowers all sportbike riders to enjoy the full potential of SuperNEX.

 

The sound is the voice of the machine. It is one of the most important media for   the human-machine connection. The sound communicates the rpm level and the load condition of the motor. It constantly gives the rider situation awareness, so riders can determine their timing for shifting the gear and applying the throttle.

 

And, with the rpm rising and the speed climbing, riders hear the surge of the  sound one crescendo after another. It is one of the most intense sources of thrill for the sportbike riders.

 

The sound also declares the unique character of the machine. Whether it is vrooming, roaring, rumbling, or screaming, every supersport bike has its own distinct sound that is different in tone, intensity, texture and delivery. It is not only   a discrete projection of each machine, but also an outward declaration of the owner. The sound is the most important source of emotional engagement with a supersport motorcycle.

 

The electric motor, on the contrary, is born to be quiet by nature. Some may say     it is an improvement, but sportbike lovers will tell you otherwise. Without the   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.

 

For all these reasons, SuperNEX has the world’s first Active Acoustic Motor, which is designed to convey the heartbeat of the machine. It 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. We give SuperNEX the sound that  speaks not only for the heart of the vehicle, but also for the soul of the rider.

   

Sportbike riders aspire to enjoy every riding occasion to its fullest. Sometimes    we want to be wild, but oftentimes we choose to be civilized. At certain    occasions it is fulfilling to go all out, but in other situations we choose to be reserved. Being in total control is the norm, but we also like the option to live on the edge. A modern supersport motorcycle should have the ability to match the different moments enjoyed by the owner. A great vehicle elevates the riders’   every occasion.

 

And therefore, we equip SuperNEX with a spectrum of vehicle personalities that can follow the mood of the rider and the different aspects of the rider’s life.

 

Poised” turns off the world around you as you glide through the neighborhood, quietly projecting your inner strength.

 

Assertive” turns on the attitude switch. Life is a perfect balance between power and civility.

 

Bold” puts immense might under your grip, ready to release anytime in synchrony with your heartbeat.

 

Extreme” means the beast is out, the desire is on fire, and others can only be seen in the rearview mirror.

 

The fact is, 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. We want sportbike riders to have many ways to enjoy SuperNEX that truly reflects the diversity in their lives.

 

Supersport is never about practical needs. It’s  all about strong feelings – the  status, the exclusivity, the thrills, the sensation, the fulfillment, the emotion, and   the pride. And, with the gears, performance, control, and sound, plus the modes that elevate the riders’ every occasion, SuperNEX possesses  what  sportbike riders have always dreamed of the perfect supersport in the upcoming electric    era. Today, we embark on the next era of supersport.

 

At KYMCO we are driven by a single, focused idea – Win My Heart. It means to persistently go above and beyond to give people the distinctive pleasure that makes every customer proud to be a KYMCO owner. AK550, Noodoe, Noodoe Navigation, Ionex, and Ionex Commercial are just a few recent examples of our continuing endeavors. Today, with SuperNEX, we mark the beginning of the next era of supersport – a new era of boundless opportunities to win the heart of the most discerning riders all over the world.

         

Thank you.

 

ABOUT KYMCO

 

KYMCO is one of the global leading powersports brands. KYMCO’s mission is to create personal vehicles that win the hearts of consumers all over the world. KYMCO always goes above and beyond to bring to customers the most thoughtful riding experience for everyday life. KYMCO’s current product range includes scooters, motorcycles, mobility scooters, ATVs and utility vehicles.