Chinese Brand Zontes Announces Three-Cylinder Engine

The three-cylinder engine is expected to be around 800 cc, and Zontes is looking at expanding the engine to multiple capacities.

By car&bike Team


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Published on June 2, 2021

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  • Zontes is known for its range of 312 cc touring and adventure motorcycles
  • The new inline three-cylinder engine could be around 800 cc displacement
  • With a compression ratio of 13.5:1, it will be a high-performance engine

Chinese motorcycle manufacturer Zontes is known for its small-displacement motorcycles, and so far, the brand has been producing 125 cc and 310 cc motorcycles. Now, the firm has set sights on bigger models and revealed a new three-cylinder engine, which will power its future models. A video released by the firm on Chinese social media shows the new engine, along with engine components, like camshafts, crankshafts and cylinders. The new three-cylinder engine is expected to be around 800 cc, although Zontes maintains that multiple capacities of the same type of engine will be made.

Also Read: Zontes VX 310 Touring Motorcycle Revealed


The engine components bear the name Tayo, the parent company of Zontes

The new inline three-cylinder engine is said to have a particularly high compression ratio of 13.5:1, so it's been designed to deliver performance. For reference, the inline three engine of the Triumph Street Triple RS with 121 bhp has a compression ratio of 12.54:1, and the 147 bhp MV Agusta 800 cc triple has a 13.3:1 compression ratio. If Zontes announces a 800 cc inline three-cylinder engine, it could very well be closely matched in performance with the MV Agusta's 800 cc triple.

Also Read: Zontes 310 Adventure Bike Revealed


The teaser images also show the cylinders of the inline three engine

Zontes is based in Guangdong, China and is a subsidiary of Tayo Motorcycle Technology Co Ltd. The brand specialises in manufacturing small displacement motorcycles, step-throughs and scooters, although the brand is well-known for its 312 cc range of bikes, which are also exported to a few European markets, as well as Latin America. The Zontes 310 range of bikes include the T310, X310, V 310 and the VX310 touring bikes. The Zontes 310 range also has a small adventure bike.

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