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Vespa Sprint 150 iGet Sport

Vespa Sprint 150 ie iGet ABS Sport Edition is launched in Australia and looks great in matt silver or matt yellow. We have a chance to give it a quick review.

Peter Dixon

Vespa Sprint 150 ie iGet ABS Sport Edition Review was lucky enough to get a look at the new limited edition Vespa Sprint 150ie iGet Sport Edition and we like what we saw.

After being around scooters for many years I have learnt that first impressions are usually correct. On approaching the new Sprint 150 iGet Sport in the matte silver (Argento Matt) I was drawn in by its striking silver paint catching the light. It shimmers as I imagine a shining fishing lure would catch the eye of a larger passing fish. The iconic front body panel is nicely framed by black trim making this model stand out from the pack and enhancing the sport look.

The attention to detail is apparent and with the added accessories, quality tactile switches and controls as well as the iconic Vespa badging. This model oozes style and sophistication synonymous with the Vespa name. It presents itself as bold and confident with enough edgy coolness to not look out of place in front of a Milan fashion show or parked in line with the super cars when visiting the Monaco GP. It is sporty and stylish without trying too hard. 

Part of the marketing behind the Sprint is to be the Vespa that embodies the heritage of tradition, vitality and youthfulness. It was conceived as an evolution of the Vespa Primavera project and intended for young people of all ages, building on the sport style that its legendary name evokes. One of a kind, the Vespa Sprint Sport has been coined by Vespa themselves as “Not For Everyone” but we feel doesn't discriminate and find it appeals to the mass market.

This limited release Sprint Sport package boasts a tinted screen, black mirrors, black exhaust, black heat shield, black body trim, black alloy rims, black rear folding rack and black seat with white piping which are fitted as standard. The black highlights add a more understated sporty appeal similar to the carbon used on high end sports cars. These extras add to a great value proposition of $7090 + on road costs for this model. 

The retro style of the Sprint 150 is evident with the rectangular headlight, taillight and curvy body panel drawing inspiration from the Vespa Special of the 1960s. These throwbacks combine well with the modern updates of the LED running lights and combination of analog and digital instrumentation. From inspection it is clear Vespa continue to push forward with this model not only in style but also back it up with substance.

The  Vespa Sprint Sport boasts improved performance and safety. Compared to the earlier  Vespa S (the model which the Vespa Sprint replaced), the body is 36% more rigid and the longitudinal flexion has increased by an incredible 154%. The safety and riding pleasure advantages are tangible, where riders will discover a Vespa with exceptional stability and handling over it’s cheaper competitors.

The Sprint 150 is a totally modern scooter featuring 3 valve, euro 4, 4 stroke engine with advanced fuel injection and an automatic transmission. Vespa’s iGet 150 engine is both smooth and punchy making the Vespa Sprint really fun to ride with Vespa most powerful and responsive 150cc motor to date. You can lane filter with confidence knowing that you can get off the line without any lag. There is something really fun about riding a small bodied Vespa with the new punchy 150 engine. The ease of handling and lightness combined with the responsiveness make riding to the Sprint a real pleasure. This riding pleasure combined with the look and refined quality of the Sprint make it an all around joy. 

With it’s 8 litre tank and low fuel consumption, it allows for great commuter option without the inconvenience of having to make frequent fuel stops. It always puts a smile on my face when filling up an 8 litre tank and going in to pay and knowing that not only making large fuel savings but also being environmental friendly. On paper the Sprint boasts 42km/l fuel consumption, if you are a bit heavier on the throttle up and down then hills this will drop but still a very impressive claim and testament to new engine efficiencies.

The Sprints 12 inch diameter wheels allow for a comfortable ride. Still considered a small wheeled scooter (for which Vespa are know) the small and light nature of the Sprint makes for an agile city and suburban ride with the scooter capable of speeds up to 100 kph - (tested on recent ride to the Blue Mountains west of Sydney ridden with the Vespa Club of Sydney in which it handled very well albeit a little light when being past by large trucks).

Servicing is also an area where great improvements with the modern Vespa’s use of synthetic oils and 10,000 klm service periods are an industry leading standard. The Sprint also comes with a 2 year, unlimited km warranty.

There is generous under seat storage that allows for a full face helmet. Handy baggage hook between legs for handbag or shopping. 

The addition of the short tinted screen not only looks great by framing the iconic rectangular front headlight, it also provides additional weather protection and is enough to buffet the cold air off the chest on some of those colder mornings.

The folding rear rack finishes off the rear of the Sprint Sport and retains the sporty look of the while making a practical addition for carrying luggage whether it be a hand luggage bag on a run to the airport or a beach bag in time for some warmer summer weather (a colour matched top box is currently not available for this model).

Ok so this scooter looks and performs great standard but I did feel as it has already gone to the effort of presenting itself as a sports model you always take it further and could really go to town with adding your own personal touches. I couldn’t help but think a matt black Akraprovic exhaust, black race levers and engine cover would also make this scooter pop without voiding warranty. 

The Verdict

A great addition to the Vespa offering in Australia. Vespa Sprint is born with riding pleasure in mind and will make the most routine daily commute great fun. It captures the fun and agile nature of riding a small frame Vespa and combines it with the confidence you get from quality suspension, tyres and improved braking. Retro and sport combine to make a classic modern scooter that will remain stylish.

The Vespa Sprint Sport Limited Edition makes sure you stand out from the crowd with colours Argento Matt (matt silver) and fun and sporty Giallo Matt (matt yellow - also shared by the current Vespa GTS 300SS e4) both with black accessories. Be quick to check out the Vespa Sprint Sport today at your local dealer as they are limited!

published 17/10/2017


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