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Keeway’s GT270 maxi-scooter could be a formidable foe against the Yamaha XMAX

The Chinese manufacturer is expected to roll out this scooter in the Asian market. Could the Philippines be part of the list?

Keeway GT270 maxi-scooter

Keeway, a Chinese motorcycle manufacturer, has created a reputation for itself in Europe and Asia with its premium-styled yet economical two-wheelers, which are primarily small to mid-displacement motorcycles. Keeway bikes are made by the Qianjiang Group and share components with Benelli and QJ Motor. The GT270 maxi-scooter, set for sale in the Asian market, is the newest model expected to come out of the Chinese company's production plant.

A 278.2cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine produces roughly 20 horsepower on this maxi-scooter. Given that the bulk of popular commuter scooters have engines with displacements around 200cc, the GT270 will undoubtedly be marketed as a premium, long-distance touring scooter, competing against the likes of the Yamaha XMAX and Kymco's numerous maxi-scooter options.

The Keeway GT270 is supported by various high-quality components. KYB hardware handles suspension chores with 35mm telescopic forks in the front and twin shock absorbers with preload adjustable in the back. The GT270 is equipped with an upscale braking system that includes dual-channel ABS and J.Juan calipers. The GT270 is equipped with a semi-digital instrument cluster that includes a tachometer, coolant temperature gauge, trip meter, and clock, as well as an LED projector headlamp with DRLs. It has a luxury feel thanks to the keyless ignition technology, and a built-in USB port provides much-needed on-the-go convenience.

Keeway GT270

Especially for shorter riders, the 770mm seat height should be sufficient; nevertheless, a dry weight of 147 kilos is a touch on the hefty side, even for premium scooters of this size. Perhaps the scooter's large fuel tank, which can store 9.5 liters of gasoline, will compensate for its weight, as it offers a long range given the GT270's fuel-efficient single-cylinder engine. Furthermore, 10 liters of under-seat luggage allows the rider to protect all of their possessions while on the move.

Pearl White, Matte Blue, Matte Black, Pearl White, Matte Blue, and Matte Black are the six colors offered for the GT270. The scooter is projected to cost somewhere around the equivalent of P180,000. Given its premium features and sporty styling, do you think the Keeway GT270 would make for a solid contender in the rapidly growing mid-size maxi-scooter segment here in the Philippines?

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