The Aprilia Scarabeo has a pretty long history behind it and since its inception (1993) it was constantly upgraded. Today, the 2013 Aprilia Scarabeo 200 is fitted with modern technologies which help it deliver better performances.
At its heart lies a 180.8 cc single cylinder four stroke, four valve DOHC (double overhead cam) unit. The engine puts out a maximum power of 19 HP at 8250 rpm and 17 Nm of torque at 7500 rpm. It is brought to life by an electric starter and its power is sent to the rear wheel through an automatic transmission.
As far as ergonomics are concerned, the 2013 Aprilia Scarabeo 200 is equipped with a useful windshield fixed to the steering head, modern analog-digital instrumentation, a spacious seat and an aluminium luggage rack that provides the perfect surface for fitting a top box.
Hit the jump for more information on the 2013 Aprilia Scarabeo 200.
The result of brilliant intuition by Aprilia, Scarabeo has withstood the test of time by adapting to change and incorporating the latest technology. Over the years Scarabeo has grown in engine size, with new models introduced to satisfy diverging needs. Deep down, however, Scarabeo remains faithful to the original concept behind its amazing success. In brief, Scarabeo remains a trend-setter. Over 750,000 Scarabeo have been sold since 1993, to tame inner city traffic, dominate urban ring roads and carry their riders with natural elegance and unmistakable style.
“Scarabeo offers the intelligent and cultured scooter rider a new class of urban scooter, combining today’s state-of-the-art technology with a design capable of defying the passage of time.”
(From the Scarabeo launch at the Milan Exhibition in 1993)
Scarabeo’s harmonious shape, simple flowing lines, and reassuringly smooth surfaces are so unmistakable that there is almost no need to apply the Aprilia name to it. Scarabeo’s superior finish, and the refinement of every last detail are instantly recognisable at first glance or feel. A Scarabeo is simply a Scarabeo, unique and unmistakable. Distinctive elegance, impressive comfort, plus advanced performance and safety give Scarabeo across-the-board appeal. Scarabeo is loved by teenagers, lady riders, students and managers – in fact anybody who wants a scooter of distinction and class. Scarabeo is all this and more. It sets trends, not follows them. Like all true classics, Scarabeo is an object of cult design, and has evolved without losing its identity. Scarabeo is the unquestioned symbol of elegance on two wheels. One glance is all you need to recognize Scarabeo anywhere. And you only need to ride it once to appreciate its dynamic Aprilia-style handling. Over the years Scarabeo has developed a chameleon-like ability to change its skin, and to evolve along with the changing needs of the market. The emphasis today is on practical mobility: riders want scooters that are small outside but big inside, able to nip through congested city centres. That is why the smallest over-50 cc Scarabeo has evolved once more, becoming more compact but without losing any of its unique identity. The new 200 has returned to the design roots of Scarabeo, combining elegance with utility and shunning the superfluous. The new Scarabeo 200 satisfies all the needs of modern mobility, and adds a generous touch of class and style to the practicality and performance that has always set Scarabeo apart. Typical Italian style once again points the way for others to follow: Scarabeo’s refined build quality simply defies imitation by other scooters. Advanced technology renders Scarabeo unique too. A generous under-seat storage compartment, large enough to hold an Aprilia jet helmet, leaves the competition struggling. The 200 might be the entry level model to the over-50 cc Scarabeo range, but its deluxe finish and amazing quality to price ratio make it more than unique.
“Conceived to defy the pressures of the market, designed with a rigorous attention to detail, destined for a public with the ability to choose for themselves, and characterized by a design that is ‘different’ by definition, Scarabeo is a new starting point for the motorcycle industry, the first in a series of machines made to appeal not only today but tomorrow and in the long term too.”
(From the Scarabeo launch at the Milan Exhibition in 1993)
The inspiration remains the same. Giuseppe Ricciuti, the father of Scarabeo, is the man behind this latest model too. The new 200 conserves all the usual classic and modern style emblems, decisive features and smooth lines in an instantly harmonious continuity. Once again Scarabeo has redefined urban scooter design. Yet in a world of throw-away fashions, Scarabeo’s reassuring lines are a welcome constant. With one-in-a-million looks, Scarabeo lets you live the city in true elegance. The 200 lives up to its reputation of authentic trend setter. The 200 embodies pure Scarabeo style, free from excess and with nothing out of place. Only Scarabeo could achieve such perfection. Small enough to nip through the most chaotic traffic, Scarabeo also offers advanced ergonomics and unrivalled functionality to ensure that you always ride in comfort and style.
The Details That Count
A flat platform provides greater space for load carrying. A windshield fixed to the steering head deviates air flow over the rider, guaranteeing turbulence-free travel even at high speed. Generous analog-digital instrumentation includes an on-board computer with handlebar controls: the system’s many functions include outside air temperature display with ice warning. Even the centre stand has been carefully designed to afford the best possible leverage, so that lifting your Scarabeo on to it stand is a piece of cake. The aluminium luggage rack provides the perfect surface for fitting a top box. And the intelligent use of chrome, plus direction indicators integrated in the handlebars, and many other clever details, make Scarabeo totally unique.
As with everything else on the Scarabeo 200, the engine is brand new, and designed by Aprilia specially for Scarabeo. These advanced, lightweight, rational and clean running engines combine excellent performance with miserly consumption, are almost vibration-free in use and boast ultra-low emissions, in keeping with Scarabeo’s environmentally friendly philosophy. This single cylinder four stroke engine delivers fun, safety and comfort. It is liquid cooled with four valve, double overhead cam cylinder heads, used for the first time on an Aprilia scooter of this size. By optimizing valve timing, this technical solution, typical of high performance engines, succeeds in combining high power with low emissions. No wonder the Scarabeo 200 boasts the highest performance of any scooter of its class. The 200 version delivers an impressive 14 kW (19 HP) at 8250 rpm, with generous torque (17 Nm at 7500 rpm), for sporty yet relaxing acceleration and excellent active security under all riding conditions. In keeping with the original design concept, the engine is fuelled by a modern Keihin carburettor for simple, trouble-free use. A catalytic converter is fitted to ensure cleaner exhaust emissions and bring Scarabeo 200 within the limits of EURO 3 legislation. Particularly low fuel consumption plus a generous 8 litre fuel tank, combine to give more than enough autonomy for a week’s urban commuting.
Scarabeo’s classical yet trend-setting good looks have never prevented use of the latest chassis technology. In fact, conservation of many of the far-sighted stylistic and technical design solutions incorporated into the range since 1993 has provided an excellent base for the development of this latest model. The new 200 is designed to maintain all the unique features that make Scarabeo an icon of our times, without losing sight of the easy riding and advanced performance and safety that characterise all Aprilia products. These defining values are engineered into the very DNA of the new Scarabeo, making it agile, safe in all situations, and more than able to deliver thrilling motorcycle style handling where road conditions permit. Merit for these impressive results is due mainly to the exceptional rigidity and robustness of the new high strength steel frame, and to the perfect setup of the suspension, which is tuned to deliver maximum feel and a super-smooth ride. The front fork is a 35 mm hydraulic unit. At the rear, the engine and transmission assembly acts as swingarm, with the assistance of an aluminium reaction arm. Simple, lightweight, yet effective, this solution incorporates shock absorbers that let you adjust preload to four different settings to cater for all possible loads and riding styles. The refined wheels are fitted with 16” high-wall tubeless tyres (100/80 at the front, 120/80 at the rear). This combination is not only perfect for negotiating the hazards of city roads but also makes the new Scarabeo amazingly stable and intuitive to ride for expert and novice riders alike. Scarabeo has never skimped on brakes, and the new 200 is no exception. The front wheel features a 260 mm disc and a floating caliper with three parallel pistons, while the rear wheel is equipped with a 220 mm disc and two piston caliper. The front and rear wheels are linked by a new integral braking system that distributes braking force between the two wheels and guarantees ultra-short stopping distances in complete safety.
|Engine||Single cylinder four stroke, forced liquid cooling with centrifugal pump, four valve DOHC (double overhead cam) cylinder head.|
|Fuel||Lead free petrol.|
|Bore x Stroke||Bore and stroke 63 x 58 mm|
|Total displacement||180.8 cc|
|Maximum power at the crank||19 HP at 8250 rpm|
|Maximum torque at the crank||17 Nm at 7500 rpm|
|Fuel system||Keihin carburettor, Ø29 mm.|
|Ignition||CDI electronic with automatic advance and retard.|
|Lubrification||Wet sump, forced circulation with mechanical pump.|
|Gear box||Automatic variator.|
|Primary drive||V belt.|
|Frame||Open cradle frame in high strength steel.|
|Front suspension||35 mm hydraulic fork|
|Rear suspension||Engine acting as swingarm; two hydraulic shock absorbers with adjustable spring preload.|
|Brakes||Front: Ø 260 mm stainless steel disc with floating three-piston caliper. Integral braking system. Rear: Ø 220 mm stainless steel disc with two-piston caliper. Integral braking system.|
|Wheels||Light alloy, six spoke. Front: 2.5 x 16" Rear: 3 x 16"|
|Tyres||Tubeless. Front: 110/80 x 16" Rear: 120/80 x 16"|
|Dimensions||Overall length 80.31 in. Overall width 28.34 in. Wheelbase 54.76 in. Seat height 31.88 in.|
|Fuel tank capacity||Capacity 2.11 gal (including reserve of .52 gals.)|
|Other||Colour schemes: Lead grey, Shine red|