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KYMCO Introduces at EICMA 2018 SuperNEX Electric Supersport Motorcycle

KYMCO Introduces at EICMA 2018 SuperNEX Electric Supersport Motorcycle


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 theprofound 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 ratification 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.

PRESS INFORMATION

Delivering on Supersport Riders’ DreamsBy 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:
■ Shifting is the art of motorbike riding
■ The best acceleration feels like a completion of a thought
■ Excitement comes from exploring limits with confidence
■ The sound is the voice of the machine
■ A great vehicle elevates the rider’s every occasion
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 riding timelessly fascinating. 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.”  “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.

THE NEXT ERA OF SUPERSPORT
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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 suchworries, 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 accelerationnumbers. Without advanced electronic rider aides, the insane capability of thesupersport can quickly become more of a burden than joy to the rider. Especiallywith the tremendous torque delivered by the motor, it is imperative that theelectric supersport is equipped with all the right electronics to help the ridersafely 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 thevehicle. 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.

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.
You can learn more about KYMCO at www.kymco.com

Company Name
KYMCO Group
KWANG YANG MOTOR CO., LTD.
Head Office
80794 No.35, Wansing St., Sanmin District, Kaohsiung City, TAIWAN
Tel : +886-7-382-2526 (main)
E-mail : service@mail.kymco.com
Established
June 1964
Chairman
Allen Ko
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.