Vespa

VESPA 946

Only those who have made history can imagine the future.

Since 1946 Vespa has been established as a unique case of style and technology, meeting the demand for freedom of entire generations and pointing the way for the world where individual mobility is concerned, synonymous with emancipation.

For sixty-six years Vespa has incessantly renewed its myth, always evolving its unique concept of form-function.

 

Essence of style.

Today, after having put more than seventeen million vehicles on streets throughout the world, and becoming a legend worldwide, Vespa unveils its future.

It does so by directly referring to its original product, the MP6 prototype, first embryo of the Vespa from which, in the spring of 1946, the world’s most famous scooter was born, an Italian and unsurpassed icon of style and creativity.

Distilling the purest essence of those traits which marked forever the aesthetics of individual mobility, forcefully entering our everyday life and enhancing the lines which made it famous, the Pontedera Style Centre projects the Vespa in a new generation in which references and projections, tradition and innovation, seamlessly merge. Once again Vespa is ahead of its time, projecting itself into a future marked by style and technology at the service of a better quality of life.

Vespa 946, with unswerving fidelity to the original idea, adopts the solution of the monocoque. The structure, unique in its kind, is made of welded steel but, for the first time in Vespa history, is embellished with elements in aluminium alloy.

The result is a unique and valuable piece which acquires, since its first appearance, a special place in the magnificent history of Vespa, an object destined to perform, at the highest level, its natural function of mobility but which immediately represents an

object of distinction in the urban and metropolitan landscape. Vespa 946 is a unique and evocative object which embodies, and exhibits with class, all the values of style and elegance which derive from the nobility of its origin. Vespa 946 expresses the maximum value possible in the scooter world and projects Vespa in the elite of luxury brands.

A jewel of a body.

As always in the history of Vespa the technically distinctive element is the body. A single steel and aluminium component which also has a supporting function, housing and supporting the engine, transmission and all the mechanical parts.

The masterful construction quality and excellent materials used set Vespa 946 apart from any other two-wheeled vehicle in the world. The use of aluminium contributes, as well as to the definition of breathtaking aesthetics, to lighter weight and therefore an increase in energy efficiency, with the result of lower fuel consumption and emissions.

Directly inspired by the Mp6, the first Vespa prototype of 1946, the 946 is a decisive discontinuity with the shapes of the current – and successful – Vespa families. Traditionally divided into “small body” (the current LX and S series) and “large body” (represented by the GTS and GTV) Vespa now sees the birth of an entirely new vehicle which, while making reference to the classical lines, breaks with the constant evolution of the design with a sort of fascinating “back to the future”.

Vespa 946 distils and condenses the best characteristics of Vespas which over the decades have preceded it, admirably entwining the best of the features of the various Vespa families. The fundamental measurement of the chassis, the wheelbase, is testimony to a stable vehicle, overcoming the distance between wheel hubs of the big GTS. But the lightweight line, reduced weight and steering angle similar to that of the small LX make it exceptionally agile.

The suspension department is distinguished by the originality of the front element (the classic swing arm, one of the style characteristics of the Vespa) and by the refinement of the solution adopted on the rear wheel. For the first time in the history of the Vespa, the single shock absorber – a gas unit with adjustable preload in four positions – is mounted horizontally with progressive lever system. A solution which has avoided impacting the pure lines of the rear of the Vespa 946.

The lights, full LED, are one of the distinctive elements of the Vespa 946. In particular, the headlamp which is implemented with Full LED technology, stands out.

The saddle, mounted on an aluminium support, is an extraordinary design element, capable of gracefully marking the overall design of the Vespa 946, at the service of functionality. Hinged on a cast aluminium support, the saddle is made of fine waterproof fabric.

The front mudguard, in aluminium, covers with the usual elegance the 12 inch wheel. The same size as the rear wheel. The separable wheel rims, the largest size ever achieved on a Vespa, further embellish the 946. The braking system, in search of maximum safety, is double disc and comes complete with two-channel ABS system controlled by a control unit with dedicated software.

Vespa 946 is equipped with the innovative ASR traction control, an advanced electronic system which prevents slippage of the rear wheel, avoiding loss of adhesion and always ensuring optimal traction. A unique technological sophistication of the Piaggio Group, for the first time on Vespa.

Techno(eco)logic goals.

Vespa 946 opens a window to the future in technology as well.

The pulsating heart of the Vespa 946 is an extremely modern engine which reveals the lines of development of engines of the future, characterised by reduced fuel consumption and a dramatic reduction of gaseous and noise emissions.

The single cylinder 125 cc 4 stroke, 3 valve, air cooled engine with electronic injection represents Piaggio Group’s state of the art technology in scooter engines.

The engine has been entirely designed, developed and manufactured in Pontedera, in the largest plant of the Piaggio Group, which is one of the most important and advanced research, development and production centres in the engine field worldwide. This engine is born from the challenge that the Piaggio Group has taken on: to provide an increasingly more evolved customer with a product that guarantees performance, reliability and safety while also leading the field in respect for the environment.

To obtain greater performance while reducing fuel consumption and emissions, a scrupulous analysis of reduction of friction and improvement of fluid dynamics was carried out.

The innovative 3-valve timing system which characterises the Vespa 946 engine optimises loading movements in the cylinder in terms of both tumble and swirl, as well as placing the spark plug in an optimal position, improving the efficiency of the combustion process and at the same time ensuring optimum cooling of the internal parts of the head.

For all moving parts, bearings have been used for the maximum reduction of internal friction: the timing rockers have a roller, to the benefit of noise reduction and mechanical efficiency, the camshaft is on bearings, as too the entire final reducer.

In the search for the best performance/fuel consumption ratio, the 3 valve timing solution is the most effective because it improves intake, increasing engine efficiency compared to conventional 2 valve engines.

The cooling system has been the subject of careful analysis in order to improve performance even further, thereby obtaining a significant reduction in terms of acoustics and power absorption.

The injection system is state of the art in terms of functionality and rideability, with automatic idling control and closed-loop fuel mixture management with lambda probe. The three dimensional maps of advance, titre and injection timing are managed by a new generation control unit. Together with the trivalent catalytic converter, compliance with Euro3 standard is guaranteed with ample margin, also with a view to future legislation, increasingly stringent in terms of reduction of polluting emissions.

Performance, with maximum shaft power of 8.5 kW at 8,250 rpm and maximum torque of 10.7 Nm at 6,500 rpm put the new engine at the top of its category.

The Vespa 946 125 3V represents a net improvement in performance compared to previous generation engines: maximum power increases by 7.1% and maximum torque by 10.3%.

Despite the substantial increases in performance, excellent results have been obtained in terms of fuel consumption: at 50 km/h the range is 55 km/l (approx. 30% more than in the previous generation engine). Moreover, maintenance intervals, now scheduled at 10,000 km, mean that the new 3V engine has even lower costs.

Vespa 946 Technical details

Tradition and innovation: body made of sheet steel with aluminium elements: handlebar, saddle support, side panels, front mudguard.

Maximum safety: ABS braking system and ASR electronic traction control. Large 12-inch wheels, dual disc brakes.

Ecology and economy: 125 cc 3V engine, electronic injection, fuel consumption and emission reduction at the top of the category.

Technology and style: LED headlight and indicators, full LCD dashboard

November 26th, 2012  |  Published in News, Vespa

Vespa Heeeeyyy Days! New Vespa LX 3V

The all-new Vespa LX 3V now boasts an innovative 3 valve engine, taking this model to new levels in terms of technology and economy.  The new environmentally friendly motor is capable of 155 miles to the gallon and has an impressive service interval of 10,000 miles!
This new model is now available in a range of stunning colours and an extensive range of accessories to personalise  your LX.

Vespa LX was an immediate international hit due to its elegant, timeless design and compact dimensions. The new version boasts innovative technological and styling features to confirm its status as the best-seller in the Vespa family. Even easier to ride, eco-compatible and more technologically advanced than ever, Vespa LX is your perfect ally for carving through city traffic with confidence and class.
While remaining true to timeless Vespa style, the new model introduces interesting new details such as the new front cowl, a restyled instrument panel and the automotive inspired footrest emblazoned with the Vespa logo.

Features

All-new more environmentally friendly 3-valve motor
Only needs servicing every 10,000km
Fantastic fuel economy & reduced emissions at 155 MGP
Personalise it with a wide range of official accessories
Updated styling and colours

 

And just to make life even better, right now the Vespa LX 3V is available on 0% finance deals until the end of August.

 Example

Cash Price £3170.00

Deposit £792.50

23 monthly payments £99.06

Final payment £99.12

Total amount payable £3170.00

Interest rate (fixed) 0%

APR 0%

 

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July 17th, 2012  |  Published in News, Vespa

Win a Picnic in the Park!

Bring the flavour of Italy to your very own patch of green. Simply click through to enter and the chance to win a delicious freshly made Carluccios picnic and a ride for you and your amore on a stylish Vespa PX to a London Park of your choice!

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June 22nd, 2012  |  Published in News, Vespa

LONDON: THE SIXTH EDITION OF VESPA WORLD DAYS READY TO GO

 

The world’s most famous scooter pays tribute to the Olympic city, from 14 to 17 June, with the sixth international Vespa Club rally.

 More than two thousand Vespa scooters from every decade have already been registered, with members from 87 Italian clubs and 117 clubs from all over the world. Vespa World Days 2012 in London will welcome Vespa enthusiasts from five continents.

 Information online on www.vespaworlddays.com, www.vespaworldclub.com and www.vespatrophy.com – facebook.com/vespa, twitter.com/vespa_official

 Milan, xx June 2012 – There are already more than two thousand Vespa devotees from 24 countries preparing to take part in the Vespa World Days rally in London from 14 to 17 June. In the year of the Olympic Games, the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth and sixty years from the creation of the UK’s first Vespa Club, Vespa is paying tribute to London in the outdoor area of The O2, the former Millennium Dome, the venue for the 2012 edition of the annual world rally of Vespa Clubs.

Naturally, far larger numbers of Vespa devotees will turn up than the thousands who have already registered for the event. Britain boasts one of the strongest Vespa cultures. London first adopted the Italian scooter as a symbol back in the early 1950s, linking it to youth movements like the Mods, with the Rock ‘n Roll and R&B sounds from the other side of the Atlantic providing a backing track.

After the 2011 event held in Gjøvik, Norway, this year for four days the Vespa Village is setting up in Greenwich, south-east London, one of the most attractive areas on the Thames.

Once again the top event in the program will be the award presentation ceremony to the winners of the Vespa Trophy, the competition among Vespa devotees, all fully paid-up Vespa Club members, who document all the stages in their journey to London with photos and special stamps in their Travel Books.

The tourist trophy organised in honour of the Vespa scooter involves more than 2,000 Piaggio Group dealers, in 25 countries. All Vespa Clubs can take part: the goal is to reach London by 14 June, passing through the largest possible number of Piaggio Check Points and with the greatest possible number of Vespas.

The website www.vespatrophy.com provides full information and the Travel Book, an essential requirement for the Vespa rider to record the identification data of his or her Vespa Club and the points collected during stopovers at the Piaggio Check Points. In addition to guided tours in London, organised with local relays, events will include the traditional gala dinner for all registered riders and, on Friday 15 June, the World Congress of Vespa Clubs.

For years, Vespa World Days has been celebrating the timeless myth of the Vespa.

A scooter that has moved beyond its function as a stylish, easy-to-drive vehicle for the daily commute to become a global brand loved by whole generations of users.

The Vespa and the devotion of its fans began virtually at the same time, with many Vespa owners forming associations as early as 1946, the year when the world’s most famous scooter made its debut: the first Vespa Clubs were formed, first in Italy, later abroad. Today, there are 40 National Vespa Clubs in the Vespa World Club, more than 780 registered local Vespa Clubs, over 40,000 members around the world. In Italy alone, more than 100 rallies were held for Vespa enthusiasts last year.

Vespa is a unique chapter in the history of mobility and lifestyle: produced without interruption for 66 years, it has notched up sales of more than seventeen million scooters. And it continues to evolve. The latest examples are the new Vespa LX and Vespa S presented a few days ago, two models combining all the Vespa values – freedom, good looks, accessibility – with new standards for fuel efficiency, low emissions and outstanding performance. Thanks to the new 3V 125 and 150 cc engines, the Vespa provides mileage of 55 km/l with a 30% reduction in CO2 emissions.

The rally program and latest news are available on the official Vespa World Days sites: www.vespaworlddays.com, the official site of the Vespa World Club www.vespaworldclub.com and, for the 2012 Vespa Trophy, www.vespatrophy.com. On the official social media, Vespa World Days is on facebook.com/vespa and can be followed on twitter.com/vespa_official or with the hashtag #vwd2012.

June 14th, 2012  |  Published in News, Piaggio, Vespa

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