KYMCO unveiled the production version of its 550cc maxi scooter, the AK550, during this year’s Intermot Show in Germany. The new model arrives as the company celebrates its 50th anniversary, complete with a newly developed engine, ABS, heated grips, adjustable windscreen and multiple power modes.
Powering the AK550 is a liquid-cooled, DOHC Parallel Twin which makes use of a cross-plane crankshaft to help mitigate engine vibration. KYMCO lists an output of 52.7 horsepower at 7500 rpm and 41 lb-ft at 5500 rpm. Full power mode offers what its name suggests while Rain mode subdues throttle response and power output for better performance in low grip situations.
The AK550 has a CVT transmission with an automatic centrifugal wet clutch system. Braking is handled by dual 280mm discs and two Brembo floating calipers at the front and a single 260mm disc at the rear. It also features Bosch 9.1 ABS on the front and rear brakes for added safety. The aluminum-framed machine is suspended by a 41mm inverted fork at the front and a horizontal trailing arm rear suspension set-up out back.
Engineers also spent time getting weight distribution just right and KYMCO asserts that the AK550 has an almost perfect 50/50 distribution of weight between the front and rear of the scooter. The center of gravity is low as well and seat height measures 30.9 inches.
Under seat storage is claimed to be enough to accommodate a full face and a “semi cover” helmet at one time. Two glove compartments in front add to the carrying capacity of the AK550.
As for fuel capacity, the AK550 comes with a 3.96-gallon tank.
The AK550 represents what KYMCO is calling the “Super Touring” scooter segment, and the broad expanse between America’s shores would provide a prime locale to put that moniker to the test. But there’s no specific indication in KYMCO press of the Stateside availability of the AK550 at this point. There’s no mention of release date or MSRP either. We will update these bits of information as they’re made available.