Recently, the guys at Qingqi asked us to go out to Jinan, Shandong, to test their recently updated 250cc scooter, the Qingqi Grampus QM250T. We took it for a spin along some great countryside roads outside Ji’nan.
The Grampus is designed to meet the needs of European and American recreational riders, and the first thing I noticed about this scooter is its sharp-looking design. Qingqi has a Joint-Venture with Peugeot, and the partnership seems to have paid off with a modern design that wouldn’t look out of place on the streets of Paris. The dials are modern and well designed, with a tachometer, speedo and fuel gauge, although the speedometer was inaccurate at high speeds, showing 100kph when my GPS had me at 90kph. The plastics are well finished and are good quality material.
The liquid-cooled 250cc engine has great power, particularly through the mid-range and has a top speed of 108 km/h. It has smooth acceleration from idle and can get up to 100kph and sit there comfortably, with a maximum power of 14 kW at 6500 revs. The scooter handles well, with a 15 inch front wheel and 14 inch rear wheel, and the 1610 mm wheelbase helps to give it a solid, stable feel at speed. The twin-piston front and single-piston rear disc brakes are responsive, and the suspension makes for a smooth ride.
At a standstill, the 177kg curb weight feels heavy, which can make it a little hard to pull hard turns as slow speeds. The handlebars are a good height for an average height and build and the seat was comfortable over the 150 kilometres that we did, although there was some engine vibration coming through the floor, which wasn’t much more than a distraction.
It has more than enough storage underneath the seat for a full-face helmet and tools, and the set lifts up easily and cleanly. The side stand automatically disengages the engine when it is put down, which is a nice touch.
At a recommended retail price of $3,900, it’s competitively priced for its market segment. Qingqi’s engineering and design team sat down with us at the end of the test ride and listened to what we had to say about the scooter, and they mentioned their dedication to continually improving their products.
Overall, it’s a great looking machine with good power and great handling at speed. I had fun on the Grampus, and it feels like a solid machine with all the basics and covers all the basics. Qingqi have put a lot of effort into this scooter and have done a great job and we should be seeing them sell well with entry level recreational riders.
Qingqi Grampus QM250T Specifications
Manufacturer: Jinan Qingqi Motorcycle Co. Ltd
Engine: Single-cylinder, four-stroke
Fuel system: Electronic Fuel Injection
Cooling system: Liquid-cooled
Maximum power: 14 kW @ 6500 rpm
Maximum torque: 21N.m @ 5000 rpm
Maximum speed: 110 kph
Fuel consumption: 3.5L / 100km
Dimensions: 2170 x 760 x 1390 mm
Seat height: 800 mm
Ground clearance: 180 mm
Weight: 177 kg