Kymco provided us an insight into its near- and long-term plans at EICMA 2022. On the one hand, the company's electric concept motorcycles, the RevoNEX and SuperNEX, astounded delegates with their avant-garde design and powerful performance, demonstrating that there is absolutely an electric future for performance-oriented two-wheelers. But Kymco also displayed some of its forthcoming models for the 2023 model year.
The CV3 is undoubtedly one of the most intriguing models to emerge from the Taiwanese manufacturer's production. In the realm of maxi-scooters, Kymco has always been known for pushing the edge, and the CV3 goes above and beyond anything we've ever seen. To begin with, it is a three-wheeled tilting vehicle with exceptionally crisp style that gives it an extraterrestrial appearance. It has a split LED headlamp up front, and its sizable windscreen suggests that it is capable of long-distance touring. The dimensions are generous in the back and there is plenty of room for a passenger. Backrests are even available for the rider and the passenger.
With quad front forks—two on per side—and two 13-inch wheels, each with a disc brake, the CV3's advanced front end shares a lot of similarities with Yamaha's Niken in terms of technology. The three- wheeler's larger 15-inch back wheel propels the vehicle in the meantime. The two front wheels on these kinds of three-wheelers provide them significantly more front grip, which boosts cornering confidence and stability at the sacrifice of agility and city usability.
Regarding performance, we're looking at a motor that is comparable to the one found in the AK550, Kymco's largest maxi-scooter. A 550cc parallel-twin, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected engine with a maximum output of 51 horsepower and 35 lb-ft of torque powers the CV3. It has a CVT, like the majority of scooters, thus performance loss from the driveline should be substantial. The CV3 comes outfitted with a six-inch, full-color TFT display, cruise control, keyless start, and heated grips, among other modern features.
The Kymco CV3 is priced at £11,999, or roughly P800,000, and was first introduced in the U.K, making it the most expensive model in Kymco’s lineup. Early in 2023, the scooter is anticipated to arrive in other regions of Europe and possibly even Asia. We’d definitely like to see this scooter enter the Philippine market, as it’ll surely broaden the range of options available when it comes to big-displacement scooters.