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Zontes reveals India mannequin line-up | Autocar India

Written by Ravi Kapoor

The road-up features a bare, a sportbike, a restaurant racer and two ADV tourers and all will likely be powered by the identical 348cc engine.

Chinese language model Zontes has introduced that it’ll carry 5 merchandise to the Indian market – 350R bare, 350X sportbike, GK350 cafe racer and, the 350T and 350T ADV tourers. All bikes will share a serious portion of their underpinnings.

Late final month, Zontes had introduced its partnership with AARI (Adishwar Auto Journey India) Pvt. Ltd. for its India operations. 

Zontes India line-up: frequent underpinnings, options

The Zontes 350X sportbike.

Underpinnings just like the engine and 6-speed gearbox, braking set-up, suspension {hardware} and even the tyre sizes are frequent to all Zontes machines coming to India. The 348cc liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine is sweet for 38hp at 9,500rpm and 32Nm of torque at 7,500rpm. Braking duties are dealt with by a 320mm disc up entrance and a 265mm disc on the rear paired to a dual-channel ABS unit. 

However particulars in regards to the suspension are the place issues begin to get just a little complicated. The corporate’s press launch states all fashions will get a telescopic entrance fork, however the pictures launched present all bikes sporting a USD entrance fork. It stays to be seen which fork the production-spec bikes are launched with. 

4 of the Zontes machines – the 350R bare bike, 350X sportbike, GK350 cafe racer and the 350T tourer – run on aluminium solid alloy wheels, the tyre sizes for which stand at 120/70-17 and 160/60-17 for the entrance and rear, respectively. The 350T ADV is the one machine right here to get spoked wheels with tyre sizes of 110/80-19 on the entrance and 160/60-17 on the rear.

Floor clearance figures are practically similar standing at 152mm for the 350R and 350X, whereas the GK350 sits barely decrease at 151mm. The 350T and the 350T ADV, in the meantime, boast of a 173mm floor clearance determine, which aren’t precisely category-leading numbers however aren’t shoddy both. The 350R, 350X and the GK 350 characteristic similar seat peak figures at 795mm, whereas the touring centered 350T and 350T ADV characteristic a saddle peak of 830mm. 

Gas tank sizes are additionally shared between the 350T, 350T ADV and the 350X standing at 19 litres every which ought to endow them with a near-300km vary between fill-ups. The GK350 incorporates a 17-litre tank, which is an unusually giant tank measurement for a restaurant racer of this displacement. The 15-litre gasoline tank discovered on the 350R is the smallest of all Zontes machines launched in India. 

These giant tanks contribute partially to the hefty kerb weights of those machines with the lightest of the lot, the 350R, tipping the scales at 180kg. Following that’s the 350X coming in at 185kg, however the heaviest of the trio is the GK350 weighing a portly 188kg, regardless of its stripped-down cafe racer styling. Kerb weights for the 350T and 350T ADV haven’t but been revealed.  

Options like a full-colour TFT display full with smartphone connectivity, full LED lighting and two USB charging ports are frequent throughout the vary as properly. Zontes additionally presents keyless ignition and a tyre stress monitoring system, that are options we haven’t seen earlier than on bikes at this value level. Devoted buttons have been supplied on the switchgear to entry the gasoline tank, underseat house in addition to to lock the handles on these machines. 

Zontes India line-up: pricing and rivals

Zontes 350T road-biased tourer.

Whereas pricing is but to be introduced, given the quantity of options on provide, we anticipate the Zontes bikes to take a seat on the premium finish of the market costing between Rs 3.5 lakh and Rs four lakh. Zontes actually has its work minimize out for them dealing with competitors from a number of manufacturers on this sub-Rs four lakh class. Anticipate competitors from the likes of established gamers reminiscent of KTM, BMW, Honda, TVS and Royal Enfield when the Zontes bikes make their method to dealerships. 

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