Piaggio Vespa can be truly said the second name for retro styled scooters available across the globe. The company has re-entered into the Indian market few years back after it discontinued from India long ago due to two-stroke engine issues. Presently, the manufacturer offers its refreshing range of automatic scooters in the country that scores high on both, visuals as well as mechanicals to feast its buyers. However, due to a higher price of its products, the company is still struggling to see an eye-soothing sales report from the Indian buyers.
The retro scooter gets its life from a 125cc, three-valve, four-stroke, air-cooled engine that comes mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The mill churns out a net power of 9.76bhp at 7,500rpm along with a maximum torque of 10.6Nm at 6,000rpm. It has been assisted with MAP sensing and variable spark timing management system that ensures a crisp and undelayed throttle response. With this hardware in stock, the vehicle accelerates from 0 to 60kmph in 8.6 seconds and reaches a top speed of 100kmph. Piaggio Vespa runs on 90/100-10 53J tyres and comes equipped with 200mm ventilated disc brake at the front and 130mm drum brake at the rear. The suspension tasks are handled by Aircraft derived single side arm with anti-dive characteristics upfront and Dual-effect hydraulic shock absorbers at the rear.
The scooter has been given a stylish and retro look that has been made possible due to ultimate craftsmanship. The front profile gets a stylish rounded headlamp with a neatly finished front apron. A considerable amount of chrome has been used in various parts like rear view mirrors, grab rail and some portions of side panels. The machine gets a well-padded split seating that looks magnificent and offers an optimum comfort to the rider and pillion. The rear end of the scooter sports a robust tail lamp with stunning clear lens blinkers. The body dimensions of the scooter are 1,770mm x 690mm x 1,140mm (LxWxH) that gives it a good on-road presence. A wheelbase of 1,290mm with a minimum ground clearance of 155mm promises commendable handling and stability. Piaggio Vespa has a 7 liter fuel tank that gives a good range without refuelling.