Next time your neighbors with their fancy hybrid brag about getting 44 mpg, show them your Zuma 50FX, along with a superiorly casual reference to its 132-mpg fuel economy rating. (That’s fully three times more efficient than a lowly hybrid…and more fun too!) Responsible for this fuel-efficient goodness is the Zuma’s little three-valve, 49cc, four-stroke engine that’s aided by fuel injection, electronic ignition, liquid-cooling, and a fully automatic V-belt CVT transmission.
As you might suspect, the little Zuma is not freeway legal, and with its small 10-inch-diameter wheels and compact 50.4-inch wheelbase, it’s not engineered for high speeds whatsoever. Instead, the Zuma is designed for low-speed, around-town duty. Style-wise, the Zuma 50FX looks like a scooterized sportbike, with aggressive bodywork and available Heat Red paint, five-spoke cast aluminum wheels, a drilled petal-style front brake rotor, and a miniature handlebar-mounted bikini fairing. Meanwhile the Zuma 50F goes rogue with dual headlights, a blackout fork and rims, and a rear rack.
Likes: Super easy to use, superior fuel economy
Dislikes: The 10-inch tires don't manage road irregularities well
Verdict: Tons of tech in a lightweight scooter