Zontes unveils triple-cylinder engine motorcycles 703f and 703rr | Three-cylinder engine
Chinese motorcycle manufacturer, Zontes, renowned for its groundbreaking innovations in the motorcycle industry, has unveiled the much-anticipated three-cylinder engine motorcycles rivalling the likes of MV Agusta and yamaha triple cylinder motorcycles like the 2023 MT-09, signalling a remarkable transformation in their product lineup. The initial teasers from June 2021 have culminated in the revelation of near-production prototypes, poised to grace showrooms by the conclusion of 2024, setting the stage for a new era in performance-driven middle-weight 600 displacement motorcycles.
Unveiling the triple cylinder Powerhouses:
The long-awaited engine, initially envisioned across a spectrum from 600cc to 1,000cc, will debut as a robust 699cc powertrain, propelling two remarkable models: the Zontes 703F adventure motorcycle and the Zontes 703RR sportbike featuring Zontes triple cylinder new engines. Exhibited as prototypes at the prestigious EICMA in Milan, these models mark a strategic move by Zontes to expand its global footprint beyond China.
Challenging the Status Quo:
Acknowledging criticisms about their current single-cylinder range in an evolving market transitioning to parallel twins, Zontes’ strategic shift to a three-cylinder engine underscores a calculated maneuver to elevate its standing amongst middleweight motorcycle brands.
While initially positioned as potentially China’s pioneer in three-cylinder motorcycles, Zontes faces competition with Benelli relaunching the TNT 899 and CFMoto unveiling its own 675cc three-cylinder engine for an imminent 675SR sportbike.
Though specifics about the motorcycles remain limited, Zontes claims impressive figures for both models. The adventure-focused 703F boasts a claimed peak power of 100 hp at 9,000 rpm and 63 lb.-ft. of torque at 7,200 rpm, promising compliance with stringent Euro 5+ emissions standards. Featuring an alloy chassis, Brembo radial-mount brake calipers, and wheel combinations hinting at off-road capabilities, the 703F delivers a compelling blend of power and functionality.
Distinctive Design Elements:
Diverging from conventional design trends in adventure models, the 703F presents a distinctive style with a tall, steep screen and a bold, angular aesthetic, departing from the typical “beak” appearance, exuding a unique visual appeal.
Complementing this, the 703RR, a high-performance sportbike, harnesses the same engine in a higher state of tune. Zontes targets a peak power of 110 hp at 11,000 rpm for the 703RR, albeit with slightly reduced torque at 55 lb.-ft. at 8,600 rpm, reflecting its focused racing pedigree.
As Zontes gears up for the imminent production of these groundbreaking three-cylinder motorcycles, enthusiasts eagerly anticipate the chance to experience these cutting-edge machines. With promises to redefine the middleweight motorcycle segment through their power, performance, and innovative design, the Zontes 703F and 703RR stand poised to captivate riders seeking an unparalleled riding experience.