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Eicma 2009

Piaggio MP3 300 LT

Press release for this MP3 model produced specifically to fill a role to suit European licence laws. Not for Australia

Piaggio Press

The Piaggio MP3 LT, the first “over 125” scooter that you can ride with a normal driver's licence, grows in its smaller engine capacity from 250 to 300: even the smallest of the LT family has more torque at low speeds and access to toll motorways and ring roads. The sophisticated Ride By Wire system then ensures greater tractability, quickness and less consumption.

Our traffic-clogged towns and cities mean that it is taking longer and longer to get around. And then there’s the problem of parking. And restrictions on circulation imposed by the latest environmental policies and – last but certainly not least – the soaring price of petrol forcing up the costs of private transport.

Well aware of these problems and always ready to take the lead in offering innovative mobility solutions, Piaggio is proud to present the MP3 LT, the only scooter that you can ride with a driver's licence. Today the smallest of the LT range, the 250, has grown to 300.

The new engine capacity means greater benefits in terms of both performance, with more thrust at lower speeds, and of consumption, which is optimised with the adoption of the innovative Ride By Wire system for electronic throttle grip control. MP3 LT 300 also goes beyond the type approval restrictions of the 250 to gain full access to ring roads and toll motorways.

Derived from the revolutionary Piaggio MP3 range, MP3 LT maintains all the MP3’s advanced solutions, as well as the safe, fun riding characteristics that have made the first three-wheel scooter such an outstanding success.

With its two front wheels, the Piaggio MP3 has set new standards for dynamic stability, and delivers a revolutionary new riding experience. The front suspension, with independently sprung and tilting wheels, offers greater stability in curves than any other scooter. At speed, even when riding behind other vehicles, the Piaggio MP3 LT stays stuck to the road and always delivers maximum performance in total safety.

The benefits of the three wheel revolution can be felt particularly on wet roads and in other riding conditions that are critical for conventional two-wheelers. The Piaggio MP3 LT rides like a normal two-wheel scooter, but in town and city centres it offers unrivalled safety: It is able to negotiate cobblestones, rough roads, tramlines and manhole covers with previously unachievable, sure-footed stability.

The dimensions of a compact maxi scooter combined with amazing agility make the Piaggio MP3 LT completely at home in the city centre where it is also safe and easy to park thanks to an electro-hydraulic system that locks the front suspension and allows it to stand upright even without the aid of its stand.

Piaggio MP3 LT boasts incredibly short braking distances that are unmatched by anything else in the scooter world: Thanks to a triple disc braking system and the exceptional grip afforded by the two front wheels, stopping distances are 20% shorter than those of the best conventional scooters. When the road leaves the town behind, the Piaggio MP3 LT really shows what it is made of. Road holding, cornering safety and lean angle unattainable for conventional scooters guarantee immense riding satisfaction on fast country roads.

Piaggio MP3 LT is the ideal solution for all those who know the scooter to be a great solution to their urban mobility needs, but who have never made the change because they do not hold a motorcycle licence: at long last, the vast number of people in this situation have a solution. Thanks to its larger front track of 465 mm, the Piaggio MP3 LT can be ridden by holders of a normal driver's licence even though it is equipped with powerful 300 and 400 engines offering far greater performance than the 125 cc engines to which driver's licence holders were previously restricted.

Piaggio MP3 LT features an elegant and distinctive style, the same that characterises the entire MP3 range and that is emphasised by the automobile style grill that also houses the daytime running light, by quality trim features, by blue headlights and windscreen, by the backrest and the handy rear passenger grab handle.

In keeping with its new homologation class, the innovative Piaggio MP3 LT is fitted with a brake pedal and a combined braking system. It nevertheless also maintains the conventional front and rear handlebar brake levers for a level of active safety unrivalled in the scooter world.

Piaggio MP3 LT is available in two engine sizes: 300 and 400. Both engines are ultra-modern, powerful but ecological 4 stroke units with four valve heads and liquid cooling, and conform to the most stringent European emission standards.

Engine performance has been increased in the mid-size range, from 250 to 300, to maximise pick-up and acceleration, essential qualities for both city commuting and tourist use.

The engine capacity of the 4-valve single cylinder Quasar, with electronic injection and liquid-cooling, has risen to 278 cc with increased bore (now 75 mm) and stroke (63 mm).

The MP3 300 ie differs from the 250 as its new engine delivers greater torque (24 Nm against 21) at lower engine speeds (5,750 rpm compared with 6,500 for the 250). On the road, these numbers translate flexibility and pick-up from low speeds that turns any route into a riding pleasure. In this way, with its extraordinary balanced performance, the MP3 300 ie sets itself apart and is perfect both in urban traffic and for short and medium range touring.

The brand-new 300 cc also boasts an absolutely impressive technological supremacy: use of the highly advanced Ride by Wire technology for the electronic throttle grip control. The Piaggio MP3 300 ie does not have any mechanical connection between the throttle grip control and the throttle valve located in the intake duct that modulates the amount of air to mix with the petrol. The result of the electronic control is an optimised air/fuel mixture, which turns into smoother power delivery and therefore into enhanced riding comfort. Lower consumption and fewer emissions.

The Master 400 engine is a 4-valve, 4-stroke unit with liquid cooling and electronic fuel injection. This engine is the top of the LT range with a power output of 34 bhp at 7,500 rpm and 37.6 Nm of torque at 5,500 rpm.

published 17/11/2009

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