KYMCO USA. is prepared to offer 16 scooter models in 2010, followed up later in the year by three early release 2011 models. New models were unveiled to the press Sept. 23 at the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina.
All-new for 2010 is the two-stroke "Like 50" (MSRP: $2,099), a bike harboring vintage scooter styling and sold as standard with a color-matched top case. The steel chassis 220-lb. machine features a 49cc engine with a bore x stroke of 39 x 41.4, seat height of 32.6 inches, 51.9-inch wheelbase, 1.8-gallon fuel tank and 120/70-12 front and 130/70-12 rear tires. It'll be available in white, black, red, ivory and light blue.
Destined for dealerships in late 2010 are a sporty two-stroke "Super 8 50", four-stroke "Like 200" and "Downtown 300" — a unit featuring modern styling that may one day take the place of the existing family of Xciting models.
The most impressive of the three models, from a performance standpoint, is the Downtown 300, powered by a 298.9cc liquid-cooled four-valve four-stroke powerplant delivering 29 hp and 18 lb./ft. of torque. The 366-pound machine features a 3.3-gallon fuel tank, 30.5-inch seat height, rolls on 120/80-14 front and 150/70-13 rear tires, and stops with 260mm front and 240mm rear disc brakes.
Pricing for the Super 8 50, Like 200 and Downtown 300i are yet to be announced.
Return to Dealernews.com in the next few days for more information about KYMCO USA's forthcoming products and an interview with KYMCO USA President/CEO Eric Bondy.
—Submitted by Guido Ebert