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Vespa GTS SuperSport

Updated information and specifications on the new Vespa GTS SuperSport.

Piaggio Press

VESPA GTS SUPERSPORT

Vespa GTS Super epitomises the values of style, comfort, safety and sturdiness of the Vespa brand. The 300 engine - the most powerful Vespa has ever adopted – now 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 SuperSport continues this outstanding sporting tradition which has defined some of the happiest years in Vespa 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 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

The GTS 300 SuperSport is an extraordinary urban vehicle and is characterised by its high torque level (22.3 Nm) reached at a low engine speed (5,000 rpm). 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 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, Vespa GTS SuperSport is 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 12/04/2010

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