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Vespa Primavera 150ie 3V Review

Designed for the future! More features and improved performance. Initial thoughts for our new long-termer.

Peter Gailey


Vespa Primavera 150ie 3V Review

The return of the Primavera. The new Vespa Primavera begins with an advanced streamlined look, whose key elements echo the stylish exclusive image of the Vespa 946. The distinguishing feature is the new body, with a host of new features and even greater end quality. The steel bodywork, that also acts as a support is also another element that makes the Vespa stand out from every other scooter in the world.

More space between handlebar and the saddle, and the new saddle height for improved contact with the ground, make for even greater comfort for both the rider and the passenger. The increased wheelbase and length enhance stability while retaining the Vespa's characteristic lightweight steering and agility. The 3V electronic injection 4-stroke 150cc engine gives plenty of punch off the lights and also translates to better fuel consumption whilst also reducing emissions. Our regular reviewer Peter Gailey hopped off his 500cc Gilera Nexus scooter and put this scooter through it's paces and was pleasantly surprised as the versatility. Read below for his thoughts.



Designed to replace the LX the reinvented Primavera, (Italian for spring), is a quality build, like you'd expect from Vespa.  This svelte and elegant commuter has got a few new features, new retro styling, led running lights, better switches, dashboard, 11 " wheels but the most important improvement by far, is the 150cc fuel injected 3 valved engine. 



For a 150cc it is a cracker, great take off from the standing start, it will win 95% of traffic light derby's, 80km/h and accelerating up over Sydney’s Gladesville Bridge, several times I checked the speedo and it was over 100km/h on this fiesty little Vespa. The 150ie 3V gives the Primavera plenty of spunk around town plus the ability to handle arterial roads and city freeways quite safely, in actual fact it can outrun most of the traffic you'll meet around the urban scenario.

The other nice surprise about the Primavera is its suspension. It really is pretty efficient and handles those concrete slab roads very smoothly. The rear drum brake is really best left for trailing duties but when used in combination with the front disc, the lightweight Vespa pulls up just fine.




Conclusion
 
There is no better way to fall in love with a city than aboard an agile feisty 150cc scooter like the Primavera. No lane is too small, fuel consumption is irrelevant, parking is always available, and it can stay on a level footing with the traffic on faster roads. But it is in the heavy traffic where the Vespa really thrives. Easy filtering, and enough torque to get away at the lights makes it a quick and convenient way to get up to the shops, or down to the beach, or even a romp out on country back roads.

This premium stylish scooter but it is a classy offering that is a notch above the competition. It has retained it’s elegant iconic "Vespa" styling and represents great value ($6290 MLP) for the quality ride and hassle free longevity for which Vespa is known. 

Available in 6 colour combinations:



For Vespa Primavera minisite see: Vespaprimavera.com.au

For local dealers see: http://piaggio.com.au/dealers/











published 8/04/2015

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