SCOOTER giant Kymco has fired a warning shot at the electric motorcycle industry this week by revealing its new superbike concept, the SuperNex.
Reported to reach speeds of up to 155mph in under 11 seconds, the bike’s torque figures are still under wraps, but are expected to be high enough to warrant its six-speed gearbox.
Kymco’s new Full Engagement Performance (FEP) system rolls wheelie control, traction control and launch control into one with adjustable rider settings to boot.
Perhaps the most bizarre, or ingenious, addition to the SuperNex is the world’s first Active Acoustic Motor (AAM), which gives the bike a characteristic sound it would otherwise go without.
The AAM has a multi-frequency acoustics generator that reconstructs the dynamic sounds of the motor – the ones that usually go unnoticed as hums and whirrs – which aims to give riders the feedback they’d normally get with a petrol-powered bike, sans emissions.
Another unique addition to the SuperNex is its Adaptive Machine Personalities, which can be set to Poised, Assertive, Bold or Extreme depending on what side of the bed you’ve woken up on and how much aggression or noise you want to make storming through the streets.
Chairman Allen Ko, who unveiled the bike in Milan, said the bike is the beginning of bringing attitude and passion back to electric motorcycle riders
“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 in the perfect supersport in the upcoming electric era,” Ki said.
“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.”