If you're confused about the SYM-GPX branding of this much-talked-about maxi scooter, that's because it is a collaboration between the two motorcycle manufacturers, Taiwanese Sanyang Motor Co., Ltd., most commonly known as SYM, and Thai GPX. For the uninitiated, GPX builds motorcycle frames, bodywork and other motorcycle parts but not the running stock. GPX's motorcycle engines are built in China, but the manufacturer's Thai and Japanese engineers monitor quality closely at the production plant. The 2021 SYM GPX Drone 150 is GPX's first-ever automatic scooter, launched in its home country Thailand in November last year. And while the overall scooter design is purely GPX's endeavor, SYM had a hand in the technical development. The result of the collaborative efforts of these two experts in their respective fields is a formidable maxi scooter that can likely topple the popularity of the Yamaha NMAX 155 and the Honda ADV150.
Barely three months after it has been unveiled, this SYM-GPX joint offering has been the talk of the town, and many local enthusiasts are hoping it will find its way into the Philippines. But what could the SYM GPX Drone 150 bring to the table that could possibly end the reign of the NMAX and the ADV150 and other 150cc maxi scooters out there? Let's check out the maxi scooter's specifications and features to answer the question.
SYM GPX Drone 150 Features and Specifications
Engine, Transmission and Fuel Capacity
Expect no less from the heart of the SYM GPX Drone 150 as it is powered by world-class scooter expert SYM's powertrain technology: a 149.6cc single-cylinder, 4-stroke, 2-valve liquid-cooled Electronic Control – Fuel Injected (EFI) engine mated with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) gear system. SYM claims this engine to be fuel-efficient but there's no official consumption info available at the moment.
There's no officially published performance details, but if this maxi scooter is being positioned against the NMAX and the ADV150, the output would likely be more or less around the same numbers. The Honda ADV150 fires up 14.7hp of power output and 13.8Nm of torque while the Yamaha NMAX churns out 15hp and 13.5Nm of torque.
The SYM GPX Drone 150 maxi scooter can take you farther around town without having to gas up with its 7.5L fuel tank capacity.
Suspension and Braking System
The maxi scooter from SYM and GPX uses conventional telescopic forks for its front suspension, and double-spring shock absorbers with three-step adjustable preload at the rear. This suspension layout allows for a smoother ride quality and better handling of the Drone 150.
Both front and rear wheels are equipped with hydraulic disc brakes, with Combi-Brake System (CBS) support for the rear wheel for a solid and reliable stopping power.
Compared with the Honda ADV150 and Yamaha NMAX, the SYM GPX Drone 150 is slightly bigger in dimensions. It stands 2,000mm long, 760mm wide and 1,115mm tall. It has a wheelbase of 1,350mm, and a seat height of 780mm.
The scooter's ground clearance is 107mm and its narrowest turning radius is 42 degrees. The Drone 150 is made of strong and durable aluminum material, so it is a little heavy at 140kg―although just right given its overall measurements.
Exterior Features and Conveniences
The SYM GPX Drone 150 is undoubtedly a good-looking maxi scooter. It is sleek, elegant, sporty and visually appealing from all angles. Up front is an attractively dark, distinct futuristic front profile, starting with the smoked shield-shaped windscreen that integrates seamlessly with the front fairing. This windshield is functional and can help reduce wind impact.
Below the windshield are the twin full-LED headlights, hazard lights or passlights with Y-shaped LED daytime running lights (DRLs). The turn signals and emergency lights are likewise LED.
At the back, located beneath the sturdy grab rails, are sharp-looking arrow-tail-shaped LED taillights with a 3D light bar and an LED brake light with stop-light function.
Other notable exterior features are the Drone 150's wide, soft concave seat designed to be in proportion to the rider's and passenger's body for a comfortable ride quality. Under this saddle is the 18L-capacity U-box that can fit one full-face helmet and other small items.
The SYM GPX Drone 150 rolls on 14-inch alloy wheels with a unique sporty design and wrapped around tubeless tires. The aluminum footrest and the gray-silver exhaust with heat shield and an eco-friendly functionality are likewise athletic looking.
The SYM GPX Drone 150 excels not only with its sporty and dynamic looks; it also comes with nifty tech features such as a Smart Key system with a burglar alarm, and a hidden backup key in the smart remote in case the battery runs out.
There's also the fully digital multicolored LCD instrument panel that's large enough to span across the dashboard, and shows all the essential ride information such as the speedometer (in both mph and kmph), tachometer, fuel gauge, clock, rpm counter, trip meter, oil check and more.
A USB charging port is conveniently located on the dashboard to ensure your cellphone or smart device doesn't run out of juice.
Pricing and Variants
In Thailand, the 2021 SYM GPX Racing Drone 150 is available in 3 variants. First is the standard, base model, with an SRP of THB 65,900 (around PHP 106,000) and comes in two special colorways of Galaxy Black and Rosso Red. Next is the Keyless model with a sticker price of THB 69,800 (around PHP 111,000) and three color schemes of Rosso Red, Silver Gray and Racing Yellow. The range topper is the Keyless Special with a price tag of THB 70,800 (around PHP 114,000) and a special color of Midnight Blue (Matte).
A three-year warranty or 30,000km, whichever comes first, is also being offered.
While there's still no word about the SYM GPX Drone 150's possible rollout in the Philippine market, this maxi scooter is certainly worth aspiring for as we've seen in the abovementioned characteristics. In these times when we are witnessing plenty of divisive circumstances―trade tensions, civil unrests, racial and gender discriminations, haves versus have-nots, to name a few―collaborations toward something good and useful is a welcome change. With SYM lending its technological expertise to GPX's design and parts-manufacturing capabilities, the all-new SYM GPX Drone 150 is one remarkable maxi scooter that competitors need to watch out for.
Practical, affordable, striking good looks, powerful engine, caters to the needs of the modern riders― These make the SYM GPX Drone 150 a suitable urban commuter, which could rattle the current dynamics in the Philippine market, should SYM decide to offer the maxi scooter in the country.
This fusion is just a start, and we could see more of such alliances happening in the future that would bring more impressive products such as the Drone 150.