EN­TER THE DRAGON

Here’s a no-nonsense scooter from Tai­wan

Top Gear (Philippines) - - Moto Sapiens -

Choos­ing one among all the lo­cally avail­able scoot­ers can give buy­ers a headache. Styling, en­gine per­for­mance, han­dling, over­all size, fuel ef­fi­ciency, safety fea­tures, and com­fort are among the salient fac­tors you must look into care­fully, be­fore con­sid­er­ing bud­get. Or is it the other way around? Slowly but surely, Tai­wanese man­u­fac­turer Kymco is get­ting a big­ger slice of the pie on the scooter mar­ket ever since it be­gan op­er­at­ing here in the coun­try in 2008. Cur­rently, the price po­si­tion­ing of this brand is trig­ger­ing con­fu­sion among its es­tab­lished Ja­panese com­peti­tors.

Take the case of the hot-sell­ing Kymco Rac­ing King 180i ABS. Priced at P159,900, it is mar­keted as a no-nonsense scooter that is very de­pend­able for daily city com­mutes. This light, quick, and nim­ble two-wheeler, at 1,931mm long and 755mm wide, is pow­ered by a 175.1cc four-stroke, liq­uid-cooled OHC en­gine. Power delivery is sta­ble even when you’re in heavy traf­fic.

With a fuel-tank ca­pac­ity of seven liters and ef­fi­cient fuel-in­jec­tion tech­nol­ogy, this street candy is ca­pa­ble of achiev­ing 40km/L. It’s per­fect for a short ride in the city or a week­end out-of-town run. For sta­bil­ity on the road, it rolls on 110/70 R12 front and 130/70 R12 rear al­loys. Stop­ping power is fur­ther sup­ple­mented by a re­li­able ABS.

Ei­ther for rac­ing or just merely cruis­ing, the Kymco Rac­ing King 180i is your de­pend­able buddy.

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