Last Saturday, December 4, CFMoto Philippines officially launched the newest addition to the 700CL-X lineup; the 700CL-X Sport. First seen at the 2019 EICMA show in Milan, the Sport was one of three 700CL-X models that were unveiled at the sprawling CFMoto booth; namely the 700CL-X Heritage, 700 CL-X Sport, and 700CL-X Adventure. The 700CL-X Heritage was launched to the Philippine market last year and it’s now one of the best selling models of CFMoto Philippines.
While the 700CL-X Heritage caters to scrambler motorcycle fans, the 700CL-X Sport should satisfy those looking for a sporty middleweight naked bike with a touch of neo-retro styling. Some of the styling elements found on the 700CL-X Heritage are also present on the Sport, such as the LED headlight with the prominent X-shaped daytime running light ring, the X-shaped tail light, and the X-shaped engraved on the engine cover. The KYB upside-down forks are blacked out while the rear side panels are decorated with carbon fiber texture which give it a sportier look. Unique to the 700CL-X Sport are the star-shaped 17-inch front and rear wheels and clip-on handlebars with bar end side mirrors.
Powering the 700CL-X Sport is the same liquid-cooled, 693cc, two cylinder inline, four stroke, DOHC motor found on the 700CL-X Heritage that produces 75hp at 8500 rpm and 50 lb-ft of torque at 6500 rpm. The motor utilises Bosch EFI and ride-by-wire technology with high precision sensors to produce clean, efficient fuel atomisation, allowing clean combustion for lower fuel consumption.
Two ride modes are available; Sport and Eco. In Sport mode the throttle response is sharp for a more engaging ride experience while in Eco mode the throttle response is softer which is ideal in wet riding conditions and for enhanced fuel economy. The 700CL-X Sport is also equipped with a roll over sensor that will automatically cut off ignition in the event of a crash. Other noteworthy electronic features are the automatic headlight and self-cancelling turn signals.
Despite its accessible price point, CFMoto equipped the 700CL-X Sport with premium components such as CF-SC slipper clutch, radial mounted Brembo Stylema four-pot calipers normally found on top spec Italian superbikes, fully adjustable KYB front and rear suspension, and Bosch ABS. The Pirelli tires fitted on the pre-production 700CL-X Sport displayed in EICMA somehow gave way to Maxxis MA-ST2 tires.
At PhP399,800 the 700CL-X Sport is priced a bit higher than its Heritage sibling, but for the price difference you’ll get a more performance oriented package and premium Brembo braking components. The introduction of the 700CL-X Sport should add a sporty flavor to the 700CL-X lineup that will complement the 700CL-X Heritage and the 700CL-X Adventure when it arrives next year. For more information about the 700CL-X Sport you may visit the official CFMoto Philippines Facebook page or visit their showroom in Caloocan for a closer look.