During a digital launch event last Friday, Kymco Philippines launched the new KRV 180i TCS. The scooter game has had some compelling fighters lately, and Kymco is the latest to make waves in the crowded segment.
The new scooter's name is inspired by the words "Kymco Renew your Vision," but does the KRV 180i live up to it? It certainly seems so. Kymco has packed its latest release with a variety of exciting features.
Kymco says the KRV 180i is the world's first compact scooter with an independent swingarm derived from motorcycle architecture. It's not just any bike either—the design is from Kymco's flagship model, the AK 550.
By separating the engine and transmission system, the new swingarm setup gives the KRV 180i a low center of gravity and capable cornering ability. It also reduces the load on the rear suspension while decreasing unsprung weight. Because of this, we're expecting the KRV 180i to feature a sportier ride than most of its competitors.
That's not all, as Kymco also equipped the KRV 180i with an anti-lock braking system (ABS), LED, lighting, a keyless system, and a fully digital instrument panel. It also gets a traction control system (TCS), a feature typically only found on higher-end motorcycles.
The KRV180i features a brand-new 175cc, 4-stroke, 4-valve, single-cylinder engine that churns out 16.7 hp and 15.6 Nm of torque. The power plant pairs with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The tires measure 110/70-13 for the front and 130/70-13 for the rear. It gets front and rear disc brakes, with 270mm upfront and 234mm at the rear.
The Kymco KRV180i TCS is available at Php 189,900. There are four color options: Ether Black, Indigo Sea Blue, Thundershock Purple, and Snow Peak Silver. The scooter is now open for pre-order for P5,000 at Kymco dealerships. A P10,000 pre-order discount is available until November 30, 2021.