Piaggio’s umbrella casts a wide shadow at the INTERMOT motor show in Cologne, Germany, as the home company released information regarding its new models and features for the ’17 model year. Starting with Vespa — Europe’s biggest, little-ride company, — add a new Tuono from Aprilia and some sexiness from Moto Guzzi, the immediate future looks bright and clean, literally.

Continue reading for more Piaggio news from the show.


Piaggio Group Releases MY17 Info At INTERMOT
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The factory created a new Vespa GTS that carries the also-new 125/150 cc, I-Get engine. Not only does the plant come built for low emissions, the “Start & Stop” feature kills the engine when stopped, and restarts it again when you’re ready to go. This reduces emissions with a concurrent reduction in fuel consumption as well. I’ll be taking a deeper look at this one as soon as the show winds down.


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Aprilia, Piaggio’s sportbike division, debuts a new trainer bike; the Tuono 125 that comes clearly set up for the entry-level market with sportbike DNA and a very unintimidating powerplant.

The RS 125 also got updated for ’17 with a facelift inspired by its RSV4 superbike. Aprilia’s RSV4 and Tuono V4 get a whole passel of upgrades with Öhlins suspension components, new brakes complete with cornering ABS, and a pit-limiter function and downshifter for genuine speed fiends.

Moto Guzzi

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Finally, Moto Guzzi let us have a peek at its Audace Carbon, a spruced up version of its popular Audace that sports carbon-fiber components over a sinister-looking, blackout paint job with conspicuous red valve covers, calipers and wheel graphic. It’s just an update, but it’s a really cool one if you like the look of carbon as much as I do.

That’s all so far for this show, but I expect we will see more from these three as the year draws to a close.

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