Vespa GTS 150 Super Review
Vespa’s large frame has spawned a new child. The GTS 150 Super offers up a smaller capacity alternative.
Vespa GTS 150 Super Review
This year the Vespa brand is exceeding all expectations. Not only are sales up against last year, every model in the range has been given some kind of enhancement. New Primavera, Sprint and GTS models have injected much enthusiasm on to the local scooter scene. For Vespa, the GTS 150 Super is an entirely new model and must have been somewhat of an experiment for the Australian importer. Large frame - small engine, how will it be received?
Sourced via Asia, the GTS 150 Super sure does look the part. Sporty ‘Super’ colour scheme, red shock absorber and grill cut-outs on the rear feature just like the more powerful 300 versions. The seat gets white piping and the racy stripes signify the Super model designation. The GTS also gets blacked-out headlight, flashy polished rims and the new front grill treatment.
The one piece metal chassis is exactly as per larger capacity models and shares all the same dimensions. The 150 Super also shares things like wheel size and dual rear shocks are a substantial bonus for this capacity. Front suspension goes without the Slide upgrade - as seen on the latest facelift models - and the dash retains the older style black analogue unit. Brakes are disc front and rear, again just like the 300.
The theory behind the 150 is for those that find the Prima or Sprint too small, they’ll immediately gravitate towards the larger bodied GTS 150 Super. The size and extra leg room will be welcomed. The 150 is around 20 kilos heavier than Prima or 20 kilos lighter than GTS 300. The 150 can be pushed around easily, parking is a breeze and placing the Super on its centre stand is simple. Some may find the seat height an issue, at 800mm - it will be tippy-toes for many.
The 154cc engine is the same as seen in the small framed Primavera or Sprint. The large body or 20 extra kilos do have a slight impact on initial acceleration though we know this engine is a capable performer and it does well to mask the additional weight of the larger body. The 150 loves cruising on 80 to 90 km/h and top speed is a touch over 110. The GTS 150 will sit comfortably on 100. The Super is more than capable for around town and even short motorway jaunts are an option.
Handling is typical Vespa and the large frame is a perfect match for the lighter engine. The GTS makes easy work of road irregularities and everything feels solid and sure-footed. The GTS does well holding chosen lines through corners and things never become flustered. The Super even handled the odd two-up occasion, so doubling a pillion need not be a second thought.
There are multiple storage options. Smaller items like wallet and keys in the front glovebox. The electronic push-button on the leg shield allows instant access to the storage area. It's not that deep but still very handy with the addition of two helmet hooks. The seat bucket is easily removed for easy access to the engine. Not forgetting the shopping bag hook that utilises the spare room in the footwell area - you’ll use this daily.
Vespa Australia have priced the 150 Super just above the smaller framed Sprint ($6690 MLP). The GTS is aimed directly at those wanting to perform local commutes, yet they’d prefer the extra legroom over the small framed range. The GTS 150 benefits from its handsome ‘Super’ looks and this will drive many to purchase on this basis alone. The initial purchase price and low yearly registration costs will help. Fuel usage might also come into the equation as the 9 litre tank, as shared with the 300, takes an eternity to empty.
The GTS 150 Super is a model in its own right with enough features and benefits to offer an alternative. Enough power for city situations, nice handling, manageable weight and the load of up-spec running gear it inherits from the larger 300 version. It also comes with those “Super” looks and it’s available in a choice of 3 colours - Red, White and Matt Grey.
If Prima or Sprint feel a little small, do not pass go, just move directly to the GTS 150 Super.
For local dealers see http://piaggio.com.au/dealers/
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