CFMoto has confirmed the second spin-off from its new middleweight platform - the CFMoto 700 CL-X sport - has arrived in the UK priced at just under £7,000.
Joining the retro-themed 700 CL-X Heritage - launched last year - in the Chinese firm’s mid-size range, the more dynamic-looking Sport is pitched as a value-orientated alternative to the Triumph Trident 660 and Yamaha MT-07.
While the Sport shares recognisable traits with the Heritage - including the distinctive X-cowled circular headlight and prominent fuel tank hump - the Sport is easily set apart by its detailing, which CFMoto describes as being in the ‘contemporary cafe racer’ style.
Distinguishing features include colour splashes on the front mudguard, air intakes and seat-back, plus subtle use of carbon fibre effect finishing on the engine casing and instrument panel.
Under the skin sits a Kawasaki-sourced 693cc two-cylinder engine producing 75bhp at 8,500rpm and maximum torque of 68Nm at 6,500rpm, which in Sport trim is managed by Sport and Eco riding modes for sharper throttle response or fuel efficiency when engaged.
The 700 CL-X Sport is also equipped with Brembo braking with ABS, plus KYB suspension (41mm USD front forks and single rear shock) with 20 clicks of adjustability.
At the heart of the Sport’s pitch, however, is its promise of excellent value for money, underpinned by a four-year warranty and a kit list that includes cruise control, adaptive automatic LED lighting, clip-on bars and rollover sensor.
Available to buy in the UK now from £6,999 OTR, the CFMoto 700 CL-X Sport compares favourably with the Trident (starting at £7,395) and the Yamaha MT-07 (£7,000).
In addition to the Heritage and Sport, CFMoto is also planning an Adventure version of the 700 CL-X, which was presented as a thinly veiled concept alongside its siblings at the 2019 EICMA show.
A 250cc version of the CL-X is also in the pipeline, which is likely to arrive in UK showrooms with the 300cc used in the SR sportsbike.