Full details of the new Vespa Primavera are released at Eicma. See inside for the full rundown including 100 image gallery.
Details on the new Vespa Primavera range have now been released at this years Eicma show in Milan. Along with general design and appearance updates from the 946, the Primavera is actually an all-new scooter for Vespa. The Primavera will replace the long running LX model range.
So what does this mean and what are the major updates. Let's create a bullet point summary.
- Newly constructed body and design
- New LED runlights
- LED Taillight
- Revised handlebar cover
- New retro styled dash
- New seats available in a range of new colours
- Electronic seat release
- 780 mm seat height.
- New glovebox compartment
- New 11 inch rear wheel
- New Battery position
- Larger underseat storage area
- New engine mounting system to reduce vibes
- New front suspension (Not in Asia/Australia)
- Carry over of the current 3 valve engines
- An extensive range of new accessories
- Available in 50, 125, and 150 cc versions.
The Primavera will replace the LX range as current stocks sell down in Australia. Vespa Australia has currently reduced the price of the LX 125 and 150 in their "Spring into Summer" promotion. For timing of the Primavera into Australia, I'll just have a guess at some time in 2014.
Full unedited European press release below.
European Press Release - Vespa Primavera
The Primavera is a highly modern Vespa, designed with the elegance of an exclusive style but without renouncing the comfort aspect.
Thanks to the experience gained with the Vespa 946 project, the Piaggio Style Centre has carried out important, innovative work on the surfaces and sections of the bodywork, coming up with assertive design features that, without betraying the flowing form that every Vespa must have, still manage to add a new touch of up-to-date sparkle.
The Vespa Primavera inherits the exclusive, refined elegance of the Vespa 946 and maintains that formal spirit. But, despite adopting the special characteristics of the most prized Vespa of all time, it doesn't sacrifice the practicality and comfort of a Vespa for everyday use - the daily star of city journeys.
The Vespa Primavera uses the best technology of its time. Its design and development are greatly advanced compared with previous generations: the overall dimensions are the same as those that marked the success of the Vespa LX, but an increase in some fundamental specific dimensions optimises the ergonomics, habitability and ease of use.
The central part, with its distinguishing omega shape, improves the riding position and gives the most modern Vespa a clear style feature taken from the story of legendary models; it rises like a “backbone” up to the base of the handlebar. It's an elegant throwback to the “Vespini” of the ’60s and ‘70s, where the metal structure supporting the shield and steering equipment was left visible. The footrest is now narrower at the sides and, together with the reduced height of the saddle, allows riders of any height to easily rest their feet on the ground.
A glance at the Primavera immediately brings to mind the most classic Vespa style; the Primavera adopts it with ease but, without indulging in over-easy vintage references, interprets it with an eye to the future.
The tail is again pointed and tapered, just like on the first prototype that inspired the name "Vespa" because of its similarity to a wasp. The extended taillight also helps to give the body a streamlined appearance.
The alternating convex and concave lines of the bodywork respect the most classic Vespa standards but, thanks to a painstaking study of the reflections generated on them by the light, they now express a definite modern feel. Soft, rounded forms blend with the tension of sharp lines that give the entire vehicle an extra touch of vitality.
The turn indicators and LED daylight running lights are not excessively large, leaving space for the front shield; they are elegantly fitted flush with the bodywork, to avoid interfering with the clean lines of the Vespa Primavera.
The distribution of the handlebar coverings has been revolutionised compared with the most recent Vespa models.The handlebar commands for the main functions have been inserted in true “cuffs” which, thanks to the chrome-plating, seem to be separated from the rest (also from an aesthetic viewpoint) and explicitly echo that element which acted as a gear/clutch unit on the left side of the handlebar on the most classic models.
The electronic part uses state-of-the-art technology but within the trapezoidal lines of the classic Vespa instruments. The front, circular headlight has a chrome-plated ring nut on the edge - one of the clearest stylistic elements of the first version of the Vespa Primavera, while the modern, elegant tail-light uses LED technology.
Following in the footsteps of the Vespa tradition, the flat, two-seat saddle is now more comfortable and practical, with the double stitching that distinguishes refined Italian leatherwork. The rear part is surrounded by the passenger grab handle - made, of course, in the traditional and unmistakable chromium pipe.
The Primavera colours (MonteBianco White, Blue Midnight, Dragon Red, Crete Senesi Brown, Marechiaro Light Blue and Vulcan Black) are also a throwback to the Vespa memory, playing with the three exclusive saddle colours to create refined new colour combinations that further enhance the new Primavera.
The design of the 11” alloy wheel rims is entirely new and, despite respecting the traditional number of five spokes, manages to reinterpret a classic Vespa element.
TECHNOLOGY – A REVOLUTIONARY PRIMAVERA
All-new, more rigid body.
The steel sheet bodywork, that also acts as a support, is the element that makes the Vespa stand out from every other scooter in the world. The Vespa Primavera body is completely new, although it maintains a loyalty to a unique construction philosophy and consists of pressed, welded parts.
The precise design has produced previously unseen levels of rigidity, but without compromising the weight of the structure.
The new position of the battery (in the central side member of the footrest) has increased the capacity of the helmet compartment to 16.6 litres (from 14.3 in the previous Vespa), further facilitating access to the engine for maintenance work (just by raising the helmet compartment).
A new engine mounting system reduces vibrations.
The engine is mounted on the body with a system of 2-position arms (only one position on the previous version) and uses a stop with double rubber absorption damper. As a result, the rider feels a notable reduction in vibrations in the various contact points (saddle, knobs and footrest).
New front suspension.
Despite maintaining the classic Vespa single arm suspension, the new Primavera has a completely redesigned system for reducing slide friction. The shock absorber is now fixed to the aluminium support that connects it to the wheel via a hinged pin, whereas before (on the Vespa LX) it was fixed with two screws. For the driver, this technical innovation means far less friction and so greater comfort.
In the 125 cc and 150 cc versions, the Vespa Primavera is powered by an ultra-modern 3-valve engine - a family of engines that represents the most advanced technological step forward in the world of scooters, way ahead of its time in terms of excellent performance and minimum consumption and emission levels.
The heart of the Vespa Primavera 125/150 cc is a 4-stroke single cylinder air-cooled engine with a 3-valve (2 intake and 1 exhaust) single overhead cam and electronic fuel injection. It was designed and built in the Pontedera plant - one of the most advanced research & development centres in the world - with the goal of increasing performance and fuel economy while lowering polluting emissions. To ensure optimum performance levels, a painstaking study was carried out to reduce friction and improve the fluid dynamics.
The new crankshaft, with reduced button and bench capacity, the pivoted cam axle on bearings and the roller rockers have made a significant improvement in operating friction, all to the benefit of performance and fuel economy. The new bore and stroke values (respectively reduced and increased in relation to the previous 4-stroke engines) mean improved torque and acceleration response. In the search for the best performance/fuel consumption ratio, the 3 valve timing solution is the most effective because it improves intake, increasing engine efficiency compared to conventional 2 valve engines. The 3V distribution enables better fuel mixture loading movements in the cylinder; the combustion process is further refined by the new spark plug position which simultaneously ensures improved cooling of the components in the head, as well as simplified maintenance.
The cooling system was the object of careful analysis, even through thermo fluid dynamic simulations, in order to further improve performance and thereby obtaining a significant reduction in mechanical noise and absorbed power. The electronic injection system on the Vespa Primavera is entirely new. An ultra-modern and technologically advanced unit designed by Piaggio specifically for this latest Vespa model.
The new free wheel electric starter, more quiet and efficient, goes perfectly with an engine so rich with technological content. Also, the automatic dry centrifugal clutch has been calibrated with the goal of maximising performance and fuel economy at low speeds. The Primavera has a new CVT (purposely designed for the new Vespa) to reduce engine rotations when shifting up from a low gear to a high one. This reduces the gear change speed, improving consumption levels and comfort without compromising the excellent pick-up and acceleration that distinguish the long 4-stroke engine.
The 3V also has the important advantage of weighing less than its 2V predecessor.
The extremely low fuel consumption figures (up to 64 km/l at an average speed of 50 km/h) and lengthy maintenance gaps (service every 10,000 km) mean very low running costs.
Front wheel rim - Die-cast aluminium alloy 2.50x11”, Rear wheel rim - Die-cast aluminium alloy 2.75x11”
Front tyre - Tubeless 110/70-11”, Rear tyre - Tubeless 120/70-11"
Front brake - Hydraulically operated 200 mm ø stainless steel disc
Rear brake - Mechanically operated 140 mm ø drum
Length/ width - 1,860/735 mm
Saddle height - 780 mm
Wheelbase - 1,340 mm
Fuel tank capacity - 8 litres