'Nmax killer' finally on PH soil

Back in November, Kymco of Taiwan launched their newest scooter hoped to bridge the gap between entry-level scooters and larger 300-400cc scooters. Today, Kymco Philippines is proud to launch the KRV 180 scooter. The new scooter is packed with features that were once exclusive to big bikes and maxi-scooters, bringing it to a more accessible segment.

Big engine

As the name indicates, the KRV 180 packs a 175.1cc, liquid-cooled SOHC engine that produces about 17 Ps of power and 16 Nm of torque. This is by far the most powerful scooter in the under 200cc category. With many of its competitors opting for 150 - 160cc engines, the KRV offers significantly more displacement with up to 15cc more than its closest competitors.

Flat floor

EMBARGO SEPT 25: Kymco KRV 180 launched, SRP P189,900 image

Compared to the Aerox or the NMax that have a mound in the middle, Kymco opted to go with the traditional flat floor, step through design to give the rider more legroom.

While manufacturers do not recommend using this space for storage, Pinoy riders tend to use these flat footwells for items like a bag or groceries, or sometimes even a sack of rice.

Fuel tank capacity

The center mound is usually where maxi-scooters keep the fuel tank. Having a flat floor doesn’t mean that the KRV is short on fuel tank capacity, though. Despite that, the KRV compares favorably to the other scooters in its class. It comes with a fuel tank capacity of 7.2 liters, which could translate to less visits to the gas station.

Traction control and ABS

EMBARGO SEPT 25: Kymco KRV 180 launched, SRP P189,900 image

Not too long ago, ABS was kind of a novelty for motorcycles or scooters under 200cc. Now, ABS is starting to become a standard feature for these entry-level maxi-scooters. Traction Control System (TCS), which is normally one of the features reserved for bigger and more expensive motorcycles and scooters, is a standard feature on the new KRV 180.

For those who are new to the technology, TCS works by cutting off engine power when the onboard computer senses rear wheel spin, preventing a loss of traction that might lead to an accident. The computer is always measuring the traction level and adjusts the throttle delivered to the rear wheel as needed.

SRP and availability

EMBARGO SEPT 25: Kymco KRV 180 launched, SRP P189,900 image

The KRV 180 will be introduced with an SRP of PHP 189,900. Additionally, for only PHP 5,000, customers can reserve a slot for the KRV 180 and enjoy another PHP 10,000 discount until November 30, 2021. Deliveries will also begin in November.