For greater than a decade, Yamaha has been the category chief within the maxi-scooter phase with the TMAX. Over the course of a number of years, the scooter has gone via quite a few iterations, and continues to pack an increasing number of tech and efficiency. That being mentioned, different producers have been tapping the maxi-scooter phase, with variety of Chinese language entrants making their technique to the worldwide market.
One up and coming Chinese language model you will have heard of is Zontes. Having made its technique to neighboring Asian nations in addition to Europe, Zontes’ merchandise normally have newcomers and commuters in thoughts. Up till not too long ago, the model’s choices have been principally from the 125cc to 300cc phase. This time round, nonetheless, the model has stepped up its recreation with the launch of the ZT500, a big maxi-scooter that appears prefer it’s able to lock horns with the Yamaha TMAX – on paper, not less than. The Zontes ZT 500 is predicated closely on the model’s ZT 350 scooter which was launched in 2022, and has made its method over to Europe. Test it out beneath.
From a styling perspective, Zontes has taken a contemporary strategy, bestowing the ZT500 with smooth, flowing traces and angular bodywork. Proportionally, it is about as huge because the TMAX, too, and appears greater than able to hit the open street in type and luxury. Zontes is thought for its performance-oriented engines, making use of in-house expertise to develop its merchandise. Within the case of the ZT500, it is packing a moderately massive single-cylinder engine displacing 491 cubes. It cranks out 46 horsepower and about 38 pound-feet of torque. That mentioned, do not count on it to run as easily because the TMAX, because it’s down a cylinder when in comparison with the Japanese machine.
Zontes claims that the ZT500 has a prime velocity of 160 kilometers per hour (100 miles per hour), though I am virtually sure that the vibrations at this velocity could be far an excessive amount of to offer a cushty experience. It is in all probability most comfy touring at round 60 to 70 miles per hour. Nonetheless, the ZT500 flaunts some spectacular componentry within the type of J.Juan radial disc brakes full with dual-channel ABS. The scooter rolls on 15-inch wheels back and front, shod in tires measuring 120/70 and 160/60 respectively.
As of this writing, it is but unknown whether or not or not Zontes has any plans of promoting the ZT500 outdoors of China. As talked about earlier, the Chinese language marque has established a presence in markets outdoors of China, and given the rising reputation of maxi-scooters, might very effectively show profitable for the model.