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Eicma 2009

Vespa GTS 300 and Supersport

Vespa GTS Super epitomises the values of style, comfort, safety and sturdiness of the Vespa brand.

Piaggio Press

The elegance of the Vespa GTS and the grit of the legendary "Super" models led to the creation of the Vespa GTS Super, the Vespa that is heir to the refined lines and sporting spirit of the fabulous models of the past, like the 1955 Vespa GS, the 1964 180 SS and the 1985 T5 “Pole Position”.

Two variants are available: the Vespa GTS 125 Super and the Vespa GTS 300 Super, both with electronic injection.

But the 300 engine - the most powerful Vespa has ever adopted - also gives thrust to the new Vespa GTS SuperSport features.
Even sportier and more aggressive, the brand-new SuperSport version was designed to be a pure object of desire: Vespa GTS SuperSport is elegance and sparkle, grit and power.

Ever since its very first years of life there have been sporty versions of the Vespa, often used in speed road racing, and sometimes in major off-road racing events too. This meant that some tantalising racing prototypes were created, as well as the “6-day Vespa”, which consistently dominated the 1951 International Six Days, winning 9 gold medals.

This road racing experience gave rise to the model that many people, to this day, regard as the most beautiful scooter in Vespa history:the 1955 Vespa GS, which was later immortalised in the film Quadrophenia, the Rock Opera by The Who, and ridden by a young Sting. Legendary names in the history of the most famous and – with over 17 million produced since 1946 – most widely ridden scooter on planet Earth.


Today, the Vespa GTS Super continues this outstanding sporting tradition which has defined some of the happiest years in Vespa history. And it does so in a golden age for the Vespa brand: as what has been happening non-stop since 2006, this year as well production will surpass 100,000 units, proof of its unblemished appeal after 63 years of history.


DESIGN

This time Vespa has once again proven its talent for elegant sportiness, and is doing so by putting on a new guise of soft lines and glamorous accents all wrapped up without compromise to give emphasis to its sporty and youthful nature. A body with forms, details and colours that all express its enjoyable dynamism. The Vespa GTS Super blends not just sportiness and performance, but distinctiveness and character too.

Through outstanding design and technology, the Vespa GTS Super reinterprets a sports classic from the Vespa hall of fame. That is what the Vespa GTS SuperSport is doing as well, by toying with aesthetic solutions and new functions. 

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.
The original and gritty titanium grey colour of the steel body of the brand-new Vespa GTS SuperSport accentuates its design and solidity.

The suspension gains a distinctive racing red finish for the front spring, a motorsports detail that makes the GTS 300 Super stand out from the crowd.
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 latest Vespa version stands out at first glance, and from every angle. The original "SuperSport" nameplate is located on the leg shield back plate right next to the opening of the glove-box, while two burnished classic "Vespa" logo nameplates are on the leg shield and left side.

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.

The saddle, which accommodates rider and passenger in all versions to the full benefit of vehicle comfort and use, sets itself apart with its forms and materials characteristic of the sportiness of Italian vehicles. Light white piping contrasts with the black upholstery in an explicit reference to past models. The Vespa GTS SuperSport is also distinguished by its extremely elegant seat that is also black, but made with heat seals. The result is a more comfortable and more aggressive seat definitely in keeping with the best sporting tradition.

TECHNOLOGY

Increasing engine performance on both the 125 ie and the 300 ie was focused on achieving top performance in pick-up and acceleration which are fundamental qualities in city commuting, along with reducing consumption and polluting emissions.

Vespa made its first 125 cc engine as far back as 1948. This was the unit that powered the Vespas immortalised by the classic film Roman Holiday. For decades after, the public had a mental image of the Vespa as ridden by Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn. Today, more than 60 years later, a modern 125 cc engine with electronic fuel injection is powering the latest spirited, sporty but safe Vespa. The new 125 cc, liquid cooled, four valve, four stroke power plant makes the new Vespa superbly easy to ride. The agility and sprint of the new GTS 125 Super are truly surprising too.
The new electronically fuel injected engine offers significantly lower running costs in terms of both reduced fuel consumption and maintenance expenses, with service intervals extended by 65% from 6,000 to 10,000 Km.

The GTS 300 Super and the new SuperSport are extraordinary urban vehicles and are characterised by their high torque level (22.3 Nm) reached at a lower engine speed (5,000 rpm versus 6,500) compared to the 250 cc engine capacity. Figures that on the road turn into tractability and pick-up from low speeds that are unrivalled in this engine class.

Vespa is the only scooter in the world with load bearing steel body – an exclusive design feature that has set Vespa apart from other two wheelers ever since the first model was brought out in 1946.
This design philosophy gives the Vespa superior rigidity (up to 250% more than a scooter with a tubular frame), resulting in incredible vehicle control and a legendary sturdiness.

Within the body of the Vespa GTS Super and SuperSport, beneath the seat, is the fuel tank. In spite of its impressive tank holding more than 9 litres, offering outstanding range, the tank does not compromise under-seat storage space or access to the engine once the helmet compartment, which can hold two demi-jet helmets, has been lifted off (no tools required).

Together with the rigidity of their bodies, the Vespa GTS Super (both 125 cc and 300 cc) and the Vespa GTS SuperSport are fitted out with a chassis architecture distinguished by 12" wheels shod with a 120/70 tyre on the front and a 130/70 tyre on the back.

The front suspension uses the classic link arm layout, a traditional feature in Vespa history with excellent dynamic functional characteristics: this system separates load bearing and shock-absorbing functions, resulting in neutral braking and offering an anti-dive effect beyond the mid travel point of the shock absorber.

At the rear, two pre-load-adjustable hydraulic shock absorbers are fixed to the transmission crankcase and exhaust support.
The power brakes have a 220 mm disc both up front and in the back.

 

 

 


published 12/11/2009


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