Vespa Primavera Review
Its a whole new ball game for the small frame. Introducing the all new Primavera.
Vespa Primavera Review - Australian Launch 2014
At first glance the Primavera looks much bigger than the scooter it replaces. The LX had been around for 9 years and with advances in engine technology the LX had started showing signs of reaching some limitations. Extra power from the 3V Piaggio engine meant handling had started to feel a little nervous.
The Primavera looks larger and it is, Piaggio have lengthened the wheelbase and the body looks wider - the Primavera is an all new scooter. New one-piece metal chassis, new controls, new seating, new storage compartment and a new style, the Primavera is all new. Styling queues have been taken from Vespa's 946, which itself had taken inspiration from the first Primavera back in the sixties.
Seating is lower at 780 mm's and the seat itself has been improved for comfort. The dash is all new, a mix of analogue and digital that includes a handy mode function. Backed by chrome the switchgear is now more modern in both look and feel. Lighting has been given the latest LED touch with LED blinkers and run-lights now included. Mirrors are also now smaller and more compact.
Under the seat there is now more storage room available, not as deep as the LX but far more user friendly in its shape. Whilst on the seat, the seat itself includes a spring mechanism to help with opening and closing duties. The floor remains relatively flat so the bag hook remains a nice touch. The glovebox has also been revised and again offers a more usable space for storing smaller items.
Wheel size has been given an increase on the rear, the Primavera now using 11 inch wheels at both ends with new 5 spoke alloys. The engine itself has been mounted differently, Piaggio engineers have allowed it a small amount of movement, this subsequently reduces vibration by 40%.
On the road is where the Primavera really shines. The first notable difference is vibration, the Primavera is smooth from idle onwards - very pleasant. The road manners themselves are light years ahead as the Primavera will not be flustered by large undulations or other road surface irregularities, mainly thanks to the change in wheel size and new engine mounting points. This is a major leap ahead of its predecessor (LX) where vibrations and a sense of skittishness was ever present.
The Primavera's road manners at higher speeds are just as good. The larger rear wheel combined with the bigger body gives the Primavera more purpose and presence on the road. The Primavera even has the ability to cruise comfortably at 100 km/h. The seating position is more comfortable, wider and far more supportive. The floor area tapers inwards to allow the riders feet to touch the ground without getting tangled in bodywork.
Although we've seen the 3 valve engine before it's still worth a mention
as it's one of the best in the business. On test, fuel usage was very
impressive, the Primavera looks like getting close to the "near" 50 km/l that's
claimed by the factory. The 150 version provides a nice level of
pulling power everywhere and there was a notable seat of your pants
difference between the 125 and 150. If licence or registration
restrictions do not apply, I'd be choosing the 150 every time.
Gallery, specifications and colour options below.
The Primavera is a class effort by Vespa. It needed to be as the LX in my opinion was starting to lag behind the competition, the Primavera has changed all of that. The styling is far more contemporary and I like the fact Piaggio has made the "small frame" larger. I'd be thinking the Primavera is even good enough to take some sales from the more powerful GTS range. There's low running costs too thanks to the 10,000 km major service intervals and excellent fuel economy.
There you have it. The Primavera will have a long bright future. What's nice is that it would seem that Piaggio have taken all the LX shortcomings and addressed them in the Primavera. I'd go as far to say that the Primavera could even hold a permanent place in the Scootersales garage. The Mrs loves all the factors behind the Vespa badge - style, fashion colours, heritage - on the other hand, I'd actually find the Primavera dynamic enough to find it fun. It's even convenient enough for the daily shop runs and can double when required.
The Primavera is now available in dealerships across Australia. The 125 will retail at $5290 plus on roads, and my pick the 150, will retail at $5,990. There is also a large range of accessories including screens, chrome bars and racks. Further information and to find a dealer go to www.vespa.com.au
Primavera Video Compilation