The timeless legendary Vespa scooter launches two new models in 2010 which are brimming with sporting elegance.
The market welcomes the two models Vespa GTS SuperSport, a further evolution of Vespa's sporting passion, and offspring of legendary models such as the "Sei Giorni" Vespa, the GS Vespa, and the Vespa GTV "Via Montenapoleone", a special series to celebrate Vespa's success as an absolute icon of style and world-wide testimonial of Made in Italy.
Both the new Vespa models - Via Montenapoleone and SuperSport - are fitted with the new 300cc, 4 stroke, 4 valve engine with electronic injection. The power and torque of this modern engine guarantee top level performance along with consumption and emissions which are well below the thresholds enforced by Euro3 Standards.
Thanks to the constant expansion of a range which currently offers engine capacities from 50 to 300cc, Vespa is able to consolidate its authentic position of a world-wide best-seller in the 2-wheeled sector year after year: in fact, over 122,000 Vespa units were sold all over the world in 2009, which sees an 8% increase compared to the 113,000 sold in 2008. Vespa sales have been over the 100 thousand per annum mark since 2006; this is proof of the exceptional growth this Piaggio Group brand has achieved: in 2004 sales amounted to 58,000 units and in 2005 this rose to 88,000.
Vespa GTV "Via Montenapoleone" - Vespa's typical exceptional aesthetic details are triumphant on the GTV "Via Montenapoleone", a model that re-proposes the most significant stylish and functional elements which make the new Vespa model inspired by the Milan style "Fashion Street" a timeless work of art.
The position of the headlight on the front mudguard explicitly recalls Vespa's origins, along with the handlebar, which characterised the first ever Vespas with the simplicity of the visible metal tube. The saddle is elegant and comfortable, an eco-leather 2-seater and, as on the original Vespa, it is divided into two separate and distinct sections; the elegant "lining strip" that enhances the saddle stitching and its level of exclusivity.
It has five spoke rims which are chromed and give an extra luxury touch to this brand new Vespa "Via Montenapoleone", whilst the horizontal slit grid that stands out on the right side of the steel bodywork gives it a realistic retrò look which brings to mind the cooling systems assembled on the first Vespas.
The "Via Montenapoleone" plate is inspired by the famous road in Milan, identifies the most elegant Vespa and is mounted on the shield back plate; it brings back to memory the uniqueness of this special charming model.
Vespa GTS SuperSport - Vespa GTS SuperSport combines not just sporting and performance aspects, but also distinctiveness and character: thanks to its design and its technical contents, it re-interprets a "sporting classic", in the extensive Vespa collection.
The body, Vespa's metallic essence, is distinguished by a score of personality. The right hand side now sports a distinctive grille with horizontal slots - a clear reference to the most stylish Vespas of the past - which gives a marked sporty touch to the side view of the vehicle.
This brand new Vespa GTS SuperSport, has a steel body work which is painted in a most original and gritty titanium grey colour which enhances its design and solidity.
The suspension system is enhanced by a racing red varnished spring on the front, a "racing" detail that distinguishes the sporting look of the GTS 300 SuperSport.
The aggressive front leg shield also underscores the model's sports character, with a stylish grille with chrome accents replacing the daylight running light. The two-colour alloy wheel rims recall the dismountable ones of the past.
The all-analogue instrumentation, in keeping with the finest motorsports traditions, is modern and functional with white numerals against a black background, and is as easy to read as it is distinctive.
Vespa GTS SuperSport stands out also for the new and stylish heat-welded black saddle: The result is a more comfortable and more aggressive seat definitely in keeping with the best sporting tradition.
Vespa GTS 300 SuperSport/ Vespa GTV 300 "Via Montenapoleone": Technical specifications
4-stroke single cylinder, 4 valves, electronic injection, catalysed
Max power at driveshaft
15.8 kW (22 hp) at 7,500 rpm.
22.3 Nm at 5,000 rpm
4-valve single overheard cam (S.O.H.C.).
Port injected Alfa/N type with closed loop lambda control and three-way catalytic converter
Automatic dry centrifugal clutch with vibration dampers
Twist-and-go CVT with torque server
Load bearing structure
Sheet steel body with welded reinforcements
Single arm, dual chamber hydraulic shock absorber with coaxial spring
Two dual effect shock absorbers with adjustable preload
220 mm Ø disc
220 mm Ø disc
1,930 /755 mm
Fuel tank capacity
Emissions (exhaust, noise)