New Vespa GTS Range
The Vespa GTS ranges gets updated with all the latest Piaggio technology advances. Massive flickr gallery inside.
New 2014 Vespa GTS/GTS Super
Advances as seen on other Vespa models are now standard equipment across the large frame Vespa range. As seen on the 946 and the new Vespa Sprint, ABS and ASR (Traction Control) is now available as a combined package. The new front suspension(ESS) first seen on the Primavera is now standard equipment also.
The GTS range now has the ability to integrate Vespa's Multimedia Platform(VMP), again seen for the first time on scooters like Piaggio's X10 and Vespa's 946. There's also a USB charging port that's been added to the front glove compartment and the instruments have been given the Primavera treatment, a mix of digital and analogue. GTS dash is backlit blue the GTS Super dash is backlit red.
The one piece metal body remains the same. LED runlights have been added and the front horn cover has been given the slightest of revisions on GTS. The GTS Super gets new black painted wheels and a different moulding on the front guard. The front shock absorber is now allowed to slide rather than being rigidly fixed, bump absorption is now much better than before.
Whilst the release has just occurred in Europe, expect to see GTS and new Sprint models arrive in Australia later in 2014. We're guessing a move to the new GTS 300 also, away from the long running 250 version. In Europe, ABS and ASR is optional and both can be purchased with or without, again, I'd be thinking Australia will see ABS and ASR models only.
More as we have it, expect to see Primavera scooters hitting dealerships early May. Read the full Vespa GTS press release below.
Official Vespa Press Release - 2014 Vespa GTS and GTS Super
The technological advancement of the new Vespa GTS is spectacular - the largest and most powerful member of the Vespa family - which sets new standards in safety and electronic riding support equipment:
- New front ESS suspension
- 2-channel ABS braking system
- ASR traction control
- Vespa Multimedia Platform to connect your smartphone to your Vespa
The large, convenient, comfortable, extraordinarily protective Vespa GTS combines its elegantly urban and city spirit with the travel and tourism vocation which large Vespas have always embodied. From the GS in 1955 to the PX 200 in 1978, touching on the Vespa Rally in 1968, the largest Vespas have always combined excellent performance and comfort, even on the longest and most demanding routes.
Now the Vespa GTS is new and improved with the adoption of the most advanced technological electronic riding support systems. Vespa therefore reaffirms its technological cutting-edge which has always marked its past and introduces one of the most modern, advanced and safest vehicles in the world.
The sportiest Vespa range ever evolves, achieving new standards in safety, technology, comfort and painstakingly detailed finishings. The large body version of Vespa, the timeless two-wheeled icon which has for some time now been the undisputed ambassador of Italian design to the world, now has a new and more spacious helmet compartment, a more comfortable saddle and a latest generation instrument cluster.
For the first time on the Vespa GTS the sophisticated Multimedia Platform is available that allows a smartphone to be connected to the on board electronic system, transforming it into a multi-functional tool, an real and sophisticated computer capable of simultaneously displaying information such as speedometer and tachometer data, but also engine power and torque, longitudinal acceleration, instant and average fuel consumption, average speed, battery voltage and much more. Using the smartphone connected to the Vespa Multimedia Platform you can also view maps and routes, as well as identifying points of interest such as petrol stations and service centres. The tyre condition monitoring feature (available only for the ABS/ASR versions) takes synergistic advantage of the vehicle and smartphone sensors to monitor tyre wear and inflation, immediately alerting the rider of any potentially critical situations. The general analysis feature monitors vehicle condition.
The Vespa style.
Vespa GTS and Vespa GTS Super earn a new "tie" on the front shield with a more modern design, in harmony with the one on the recent Vespa Primavera, front and rear turn indicators characterised by new clear plastics and a brand new rear light assembly elegantly adorned by a chromium frame which recalls the finish of the crest on the front mudguard and, on the Vespa GTS, the chromium of the ultra-convenient luggage rack, explicitly reminiscent of the sixties era Vespas.
In addition to a dedicated range of colours, the Vespa GTS Super has various specific details such as five-spoke wheel rims with new black finishing, a different moulding on the front mudguard, the different style "tie" on the shield and of course the traditional red front suspension spring. For both Vespa GTS versions the footboard central tunnel cover is new, enriched by the Vespa logo. The visual flow of the modern and decisive lines of the cowls, the round and sloping front headlight, the fold-out passenger footrests are characteristics which remain intact on the new GTS Vespa range, making it unique, as always.
Its perfect ergonomics and natural seating have always contributed to making every Vespa comfortable, pleasant to ride and accessible to all. The new saddle on the Vespa GTS and Vespa GTS Super provides superior comfort thanks to the new padding and different covering. The Vespa GTS Super saddle also provides a white line finishing that runs along the edge, another feature which is clearly reminiscent of the traditional Vespa sporty saddles.
The helmet compartment has been entirely redesigned to take maximum advantage of the available space, now able to hold two demi-jet Vespa helmets and more. To further increase the cargo capacity in the new Vespa GTS and GTS Super range there is a compartment in the leg shield back plate, ideal for keeping smaller objects handy such as glasses, documents and mobile phones, as well as the convenient bag hook on the upper part of the leg shield back plate. On the Vespa GTS you can also count on the convenient and sturdy support provided by the rear luggage rack, catering to touring use also guaranteed by the protective nature of the shield and the performance of the available 300 cc engine.
All models in the new Vespa GTS and Vespa GTS Super range come standard with a USB port located in the leg shield back plate compartment, convenient for recharging any external device, while the front turn indicators contain a series of LEDs that act as daylight running lights. The trapezoid-shaped digital instrumentation is completely new: characterised by its compact size, but also by the extremely exhaustive information provided, it is made up of a classic speedometer and a small multi-functional digital area surrounded by six service indicator lights. The information provided includes the fuel level, time and two partial odometers. The Vespa GTS instrument panel has a light background and blue backlighting; the one on the Vespa GTS Super has a black background and is lit up by a sportier red shade.
The new Vespa GTS and Vespa GTS Super range are compatible with the Vespa Multimedia Platform (VMP), the innovative platform which introduces a new way of understanding two-wheeled communication. When a Smartphone with one of the most common operating systems is connected to the on board electronic system VMP transforms it into a real and sophisticated computer which is capable of providing the rider with various information both on the condition of the vehicle and on the route travelled. This allows the rider to use the smartphone's touchscreen to keep constant tabs on all riding parameters and to handle both city traffic and longer trips in complete safety.
One of the many features provided by pairing your smartphone with your Vespa is the parked Vespa finder, certain to be popular with more distracted riders. In fact, the system automatically remembers the vehicle's last position before the engine was switched off, thereby helping you find your Vespa if you forget where you left it. This can be quite convenient when parking, for example, in an unfamiliar city. You can also store all of your travel data in order to easily analyse your riding style through the numerous parameters acquired in real time during your trip.
New safety features.
For the first time, Vespa GTS and Vespa GTS Super adopt important technical advancements in terms of safety and comfort. The Piaggio Group holds patents on the best technology currently available, thanks in part to the experience gained by its motorcycle brands at top levels. The Piaggio Group was the first company in the world to introduce electronic systems on scooters which were once available only on the best motorcycles, such as ASR and ABS, two active safety systems which are now also available on the Vespa GTS and Vespa GTS Super range.
Each wheel has a revolution detection system – a sensor and a tone wheel – which instantly reads the speed and deceleration of the wheel with respect to that of the vehicle. The sensors dialogue with a 2-channel hydraulic control unit which activates the ABS system if one of the two wheels decelerates abruptly with respect to the vehicle, avoiding locking and ensuring stability and efficient braking even on road surfaces with a low friction coefficient.
The ASR system uses the electronics and the ABS sensors to compare the rotation speed of the two wheels. When the sensors detect excessive speed on the rear wheel compared to the front, the ECU intervenes (first on the advance and then, if necessary, on injection as well) to prevent slipping and avoid losing control of the vehicle.
The technical equipment on the Vespa GTS and Vespa GTS Super includes the adoption of a new ESS front suspension, already introduced successfully on the Vespa Primavera and Vespa Sprint. While still maintaining the classic single arm driven pivot suspension on the front, typical of Vespa traditions, the new Vespa GTS and Vespa GTS Super range adopts a completely redesigned system capable of cutting sliding friction in half. The shock absorber is now fixed to the trailing arm with a hinged pin whereas it was previously bolted on rigidly. By increasing suspension slide, riding comfort is increased, as well as the ability to absorb bumps on the road which the rider does not feel, ensuring a perfectly fluid, relaxing and safe ride.
Technology, the uniqueness of Vespa.
The new Vespa GTS and Vespa GTS Super range is conceived on the reliable, tried and true technical foundation of the previous series. The body, as has always been the case for Vespa from 1946 to the present, is made strictly in steel and provides incomparable sturdiness, in addition to safety features and truly unique dynamic performance. The result is a particularly brilliant ride both in city traffic and on country roads: a mix of thrilling handling and reassuring stability, partly to the credit of wide tyres mounted on 12 inch diameter rims. The dual disc braking system ensures ever-ready decelerating power even in sport use, with modularity that puts even beginners at ease.
Vespa GTS and Vespa GTS Super are available with a 300 cc, single cylinder 4-stroke, 4 valve, liquid cooled with electronic injection engine capable of providing maximum power of 22 HP at 7,500 rpm and putting out a maximum torque of 22.3 Nm at just 5,000 rpm. These are values which guarantee the quick throttle response and extremely brilliant performance, making the new large body Vespas ideal vehicles both in city traffic and for touring, even at long range, in total comfort, whether alone or with a passenger.
The new Vespa GTS and Vespa GTS Super are available in a range of colours dedicated to each of the two versions.
Vespa GTS 300 is available in Nero Vulcano, Blu Midnight and Grigio Dolomiti colour schemes (all matched to a beige saddle).
Vespa GTS Super 300 is available in Nero Lucido, Montebianco, Rosso Dragon and Blu Gaiola, all four matched to a black saddle.