Taiwan-based KYMCO, one of the largest scooter manufacturers in the world, have just unveiled their brand new SuperNEX electric superbike at the EICMA Milan Motorcycle Show.
KYMCO, primarily known for their renowned electric scooters and electric vehicle batteries, has decided to shift gears and is now currently working on producing electric motorcycles. Their latest project, the SuperNEX, is an incredibly fast and powerful electric superbike capable of reaching top speeds of 250 km/h (150 mph).
The SuperNEX currently sports a 0-100 km/h (62 mph) time of 2.9 seconds, 0-200 km/h (124 mph) time of 7.5 seconds, and a 0-250 km/h (155 mph) time of 10.9 seconds. While impressive, it is worth noting that those acceleration times will only be achievable by highly experienced and skilled riders. KYMCO has, however, included adjustable Full Engagement Performance (FEP) in an attempt to help less experienced riders get the best possible performance out of the electric superbike.
In their most recent press release, KYMCO explained:
“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.”
In order to give riders a realistic shifting feeling, KYMCO has stated that they intend to include a manual transmission into the superbike. KYMCO chairmen Allen Ko stated, “Shifting is the art of motorbike riding.”
KYMCO has also included an Active Acoustic Motor which amplifies the superbike’s existing electric motor sound while giving riders the ability to adjust the pitch and intensity.
To explained the thinking behind the Active Acoustic Motor, KYMCO stated:
“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.”
There is currently no word on when the SuperNEX electric superbike will be released, as the model shown off at the EICMA Milan Motorcycle Show was just a prototype. For a closer look at the SuperNEX, check out our gallery below.