2018 Vespa GTS Super 300 / GTS Super 300 Sport
Piaggio expands its “Vespino” footprint yet again with the GTS Super 300 and Supersport variant. While it can be said of every Vespa that the design roots generally run deep, these two rides make references to some very specific models from history in order to establish its pedigree. Classic Italian looks are always nice, but under the hood the Super packs away 21st century tech to make it a thoroughly modern machine. Safety features were a front-burner issue for Vespa, so the factory blessed the family with a double layer of stability insurance that makes the line suitable as an entry-level scooter that is capable of performing within the urban riding environment. Ready to hunt for some Easter Eggs?
Continue reading for my review of the Vespa GTS Super 300 and GTS Super 300 Sport.
2018 Vespa GTS 300 / GTS 300 Touring
Vespa carries its GTS 300 scooter into 2018, and it adds a new variant dubbed the “Touring” for the rider who is looking for some stock cargo capacity and touring capabilities. As usual, Vespa maintains the classic looks and features long associated with the brand, but it has added some decidedly modern gadgetry to the mix that brings the machine right up to date. Traction control and anti-lock brakes add safety and value to help move this family up to make a bid for top-shelf status within its displacement. It will have some stiff competition from the Japanese sector, so today I want to dissect the GTS to see how it stacks up.
See my review of the Vespa GTS 300 and GTS 300 Touring.
Vespa Showcases 2019 SE Models at Amerivespa
Vespa unveiled the new special edition models of some of their most popular scooters last week at the annual Amerivespa rally held this year in Richmond, Virginia. These 2019 models are slated for release at U.S. dealers over the next few months.
Continue reading for more on the new Vespa SE models.
2016 - 2018 (Vespa 946) RED
Founded in 2006, (RED) has managed to raise an impressive $475 million with the help of kind partners. This organization has since touched over 90 million souls and assisted them in their battle against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
Being the first automotive brand to collaborate with the organization, the Piaggio Group has created the stunning (Vespa 946) RED for markets in Europe, the Pacific Area and the United States.
Vespa World Days 2018 Wraps Up In Belfast
Over 3,000 Vespa scooters from 37 countries descended on Belfast, Northern Ireland, over the weekend for one of the most important gatherings of Vespa enthusiasts around the world: Vespa World Days. The annual event is a celebration of the Vespa legend, a scooter born in 1946 to become a true global icon that transcends generations, languages, and cultures.
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2017 Vespa 946 Emporio Armani Edition
How far can you stretch your imagination of creativity, if you are given a chance to make a scooter as extravagant as possible? Ask Vespa, and they will show you this.
The Vespa 946 Emporio Armani Limited Edition. Yes, it is quite late for this review now since the scooter has already stopped selling. It is learned that the contract between Armani and Piaggio has ended. Nonetheless, there is no dearth in admiring what has come through here. It is by far the most extravagant, exclusive and expensive scooter the world ever witnessed.
Piaggio introduced this Vespa as they celebrate their 130th anniversary and they teamed up with the legendary fashion guru Giorgio Armani which is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Both these Italian fashion houses created this spectacular classy version of the original 946 and called it the Vespa 946 Emporio Armani.
Having some inspiration from the renowned designer Emporio Armani, this flagship 946 based scooter has some really cool bits to be talked about. Want to know, what all make the Vespa 946 Emporio Armani Edition such a premium and exclusive scooter? Here’s a comprehensive review of the same:-
2018 Vespa Sprint
Vespa refurbishes its venerable Sprint scooter family ahead of the 2018 model year in an effort to get even more mileage out of the name and adds an “S” model with some upgraded electronics. And why not? The Sprint has been around for half-a-century and more, and the factory made sure that the looks, however updated, pay proper homage to the original. Power comes from the “i-get” engines that produce 2.4 kW and 40 mph at the 50 cc break with 9.5 kW and 59 mph from the 150 cc mill. ABS makes a showing as well for a taste of the electronic wizardry and extra safety to meet the public’s growing expectation of same. As with all their products, the Powers That Be down at Piaggio/Vespa takes the little Vespino very seriously, so let’s dive in and see what else our Italian friends have in store for us.
Continue reading for my review of the Vespa Sprint.
2018 Vespa Primavera 150
After a fairly major update in 2015, Vespa’s Primavera 150 scooter gets brushed up yet again ahead of the 2018 model year. This newest iteration brings a number of improvements to the table to include larger hoops, all-around LED technology with some aesthetic improvements to boot. In addition to the 150 cc base model, the factory is also releasing the Primavera S that bestows never-before-seen levels of technology on the classic design such as TFT instrumentation and a multimedia system, as well as a cargo-friendly Touring model that positively bristles with luggage racks. It must be quite the undertaking to try and keep a model family as long in the tooth as the Primavera relevant, but Vespa doggedly stays the course and treats us to yet another handful of successors here half-a-century after the release of the original.
Continue reading for my review of the Vespa Primavera 150, 150S and 150 Touring.
This is how cars will look if motorcycle manufacturers make them
I know what you are thinking. Companies like Honda, BMW, Suzuki, and Peugeot are already making both cars and motorcycles. They have successfully managed both the shows and show no signs of aging or trouble to either one because of the other. Yamaha is also trying to get a piece of the four-wheeled world with ‘The Sports Ride’ concept.
But what if exotic motorcycle makers like Ducati, Harley, Triumph, Aprilia, Kawasaki, and Vespa made cars? It would be awesome, of course, but how would they look like? Well, we might have an answer to that. Thanks to the chaps at Jennings Harley-Davidson, a dealership with shops in both Leeds and Gateshead in the UK. They are at it again.
They’ve designed six absolutely bonkers automobile concepts that distill visual cues and character of what the company actually makes.
If Vespa made more than just scooters, this is how they might look
The Vespa today takes the best of fine Italian dressing and packs it in a niche retro silhouette. It became a cornucopia of sorts for people wanting a machine that could take them back in time and re-live the classic age. People love Vespa or simply hate their classic vintage looks.
How would you react seeing a Vespa chopper? Or a Vespa Enduro motorcycle? It is tough to imagine one right? Thanks to the chaps at Jennings Harley-Davidson, a dealership with shops in both Leeds and Gateshead in the UK, you don’t have to break your head much for it.
They’ve designed six absolutely bonkers Vespa concepts that distill visual cues and character of what the Italian retro maker could actually push outside their factories down the lane. Or probably not. But why not have some fun imagining yeah?
Vespa joins the electric bandwagon with the Electtrica
No, I haven’t spelled it wrong. It is called as ’Electtrica’ with two ’t’s.
Although Piaggio took its own time to offer an electric vehicle, it is late by no means. Unveiled at the EICMA last week, the Electtrica is the electric version of Vespa’s Primavera scooter with a lithium-ion battery and a 4kW motor that is guaranteed to get you 62 miles on a single charge.
2018 Vespa Sei Giorni 300
While it’s fairly safe to say that all Vespa products enjoy a pedigree with an established line of succession and deep historical roots, the limited edition “Sei Giorni” takes it a step further with a very narrow and specific historical reference as its design inspiration. Vespa calls it “the most powerful and technologically-advanced” unit it has ever produced with 278 cc mill that delivers 20-plus ponies and boasts over 16 pounds o’ grunt. Uncommon styling touches include a curiously-low headlight and unusual little windscreen to go with a not-oft-seen body style that touches on the historical and takes even mundane components up a notch so that they too become special.
Continue reading for my review of the Vespa Sei Giorni 300.
Piaggio has created the Vespa (RED) edition in a fight against AIDS, TB, and Malaria
Since its discovery in 1981, AIDS has been responsible for the loss of more than 35 million people, and more than 37 million people are living with HIV in this world. And these numbers are only increasing by the second. To curb such a massive outcast, two greats named Bono (U2 frontman) and Bobby Shriver began paving the way for a new idea – (RED).
Now, (RED) got a new partner recently and it is from Italy with love. Being the first automotive brand to collaborate with the organization, the Piaggio Group has created the stunning (Vespa 946) RED and (Vespa) RED VXL – an all-red amalgamation of their classic scooters.
Every purchase of this beautiful scooter, Piaggio will donate towards initiatives fighting AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. $150 for the (Vespa 946) RED and $50 for the (Vespa) RED VXL. This one gesture allows (RED) to provide a total worth of 500 days and 165 days, respectively, of life-saving medical treatments for HIV and help prevent mothers infected with the virus from passing it on to their unborn children.
2015 - 2018 Vespa Primavera
The Vespa Primavera got a facelift in 2015 and debuted as Vespa’s hot ticket for the 150 cc U.S. market and a modern yet retro entry in the 50 cc market. The three-valve 150 cc engine gets a lot better gas mileage than the previous incarnations, so using this snazzy-looking scooter as a commuter is even better now. Speaking in terms of the fit-and-finish of the Primavera, this is possibly the best scooter out of Vespa for a while now. It’s classy and classic, elegant and sophisticated; that’s something I don’t always get to say about a scooter. New badging harkens back to the original Primavera in the late 60s, so the whole look of the scooter is modern-old...or classic-new, however you want to look at it.
Continue reading for my review of the Vespa Primavera.
Piaggio News O’ Plenty
Sit up and pay attention, folks. We have some news from the Catawiki auction site. It seems that the world’s oldest Vespa is up for grabs. Owner Ruote-Da-Sogno has its 1946 “Serie 0” Vespa on the block. Not only is this the oldest, working-condition Vespa in the world, but it comes from a 60-unit, pre-production run so it started out as a rare bird to begin with. The age just makes it even more valuable as evidenced by the almost $175,000 bidding price at the time of this writing. Estimates by the auctioneer place the anticipated sale price at something between $268,000 and $348,000, and we still have a few days left — expect those bids to creep up significantly before this is done. This here is the real deal folks. Hand-beaten body panels work with the hand-soldered frame for an authenticity and craftsmanship you just can’t find nowadays. This awesome opportunity to own a rare, old Vespa is timely as it corresponds with Piaggio’s 130th anniversary.
Continue reading for more from Piaggio on its 130th anniversary.
2016 - 2017 Vespa GTV 300 ABS
As part of Vespa’s Vintage Collection, the GTV 300 ABS has all the charm and distinctive classic looks of Vespas from the 1950s and 1960s. In keeping with the return-to-retro-style trend, the GTV 300 ABS is a mix of vintage looks and modern technology.
Back in Pontedera, Italy, during the mid 1940s, Enrico Piaggio was not satisfied with the first scooter prototype developed by his engineers, so he contracted aeronautical engineer Corradino D’Ascanio to redesign it. D’Ascanio — who hated motorcycles because he believed them to be dirty, bulky and unreliable — came up with a design that remedied what he disliked about the existing two-wheeled monstrosities, and Piaggio was pleased.
It is alleged that when he saw D’Ascanio’s prototype, Piaggio exclaimed, "Sembra una vespa!" Translated it means, "It resembles a wasp!" and on that day, the Vespa was born. Vespa grew from a single model to a full line of scooters through the 1950s. Vespa sales received a grand boost when Audrey Hepburn rode on a Vespa with Gregory Peck in the movie Roman Holiday in 1952.
Continue reading for my review of the Vespa GTV 300 ABS.
Vespa, under Piaggio Group, has redesigned and repowered its flagship Gran Tourismo Sport scooter for the 2017 model year. The GTS 125 and 150 get an entirely new engine in order to meet Euro 4 emissions standards and keep fuel consumption as low as possible in response to popular demand. Unveiled at 2016 INTERMOT, Piaggio revealed the GTS with all the vintage lines that we love and the iGet engine that new emission standards demand.
Continue reading for my review of the Vespa GTS 125 and 150 iGet.
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 has been influencing scooter design ever since the end of the World War II when it shifted from airplane manufacturing to the two-wheel transportation sector in a bid to supply citizens of that war-torn country affordable transportation that could negotiate the shattered infrastructure.
The Vespa was born of this era, and reached the peak of its aesthetic quality during the ’60s. It’s funny, time keeps marching away, but folks still look to this era for inspiration and to serve as the “style standard” for a number of things, including scooter design and the LXV 150ie falls right into this mold. Piaggio didn’t have to copy or invent anything or even reach to come up with the look; the company just borrowed design features from its own past and ran with it, albeit with a modern flair.
Continue reading for my review of the Vespa LXV 150ie.
2016 - 2018 Vespa Sprint 150
Harkening back to the time when sporty scooters were ridden by the young and beautiful, the Sprint and its "Sport Collection" sibling, the Sprint S, are a marriage of old world design and technology. I’m not going to say "vintage," but it’s more like the first really sexy update of the vintage designs we saw in the 1960s and maybe into the 1970s. Vespa touts this as the return of the "Vespino" — a sporty small-body scooter. With a maximum speed of 59 mph, you’re not heading on the highway with this little guy, but for spins around town, on the campus and local commutes, the Sprint is a sweet little ride.
Continue reading for my review of the Vespa Sprint 150.