Just a few days after revealing its first three products for the Indian market, Keeway has launched two of them today.
Benelli's sister brand Keeway has launched the Vieste 300 maxi-scooter and Sixties 300i retro-classic scooter at an introductory price of Rs 2.99 lakh (ex-showroom). Deliveries of both models will begin next month. Keeway is offering a two-year unlimited-kilometre warranty as standard. The third product, the K-Light 250V Cruiser, is yet to be launched. In case you wish to learn more about Keeway's origin and its future plans for India, you can read it here.
Both scooters are powered by a 278cc single-cylinder four-valve liquid-cooled engine. As a result, both have identical output figures of 18.4bhp and 22Nm of torque. However, they are two completely different products. While the Vieste 300 is a maxi-scooter, much like the Suzuki Burgman and BMW C 400 GT, the Sixties 300i is a conventional scooter, with a retro-classic look.
In terms of common features, both scooters come fitted with front and rear disc brakes, dual-channel ABS, telescopic front and hydraulic rear suspension, alloy wheels, and a digital-analogue instrument cluster (with different layouts though). While the Vieste 300 sits on 13-inch wheels and has a 12-litre fuel tank, the Sixties 300i rides on smaller 12-inch wheels and gets a slightly smaller 10-litre fuel tank.
At 1,985mm long and 720mm wide, the Sixties 300i is longer but narrower than the Vieste 300 (1,930mm & 800mm). The former also offers 5mm more ground clearance than the latter (140mm and 135mm, respectively).
Sharing his thoughts on the launch, Vikas Jhabakh (MD – Benelli & Keeway India) said, 'We are delighted to introduce the new product line-up – Sixties 300i and Vieste 300 – at an attractive price tag, considering the market dynamics and customers' preferences. Both these vehicles come with unmatched ergonomics, superior functionality, innovative technology, and uncompromised quality, and this further helps us establish KEEWAY’s unique identity in the Indian market. We are working towards introducing six more products in the Indian market by the end of this year, which would primarily comprise two cruisers, two retro street classics, one naked street, and a race replica. To meet the business requirements, we also plan to expand our dealership network across the country and look at onboarding over 100 dealers by the end of 2023.'