THE VESPA RANGE’S FLAGSHIP RECEIVES STYLISTIC AND TECHNICAL UPDATES Carlo Peña September 18, 2019 Automotive, News INTRODUCING THE NEW 300 HPE WITH MORE THAN 23 HP, THE MOST POWERFUL AND EFFICIENT ENGINE IN VESPA HISTORY Vespa GTS goes down in history as one of the world’s best-loved two-wheelers, taking up the baton from the legendary all-steel “Vespone”. The big body of Vespa, in its modern shape with automatic transmission, was born in 2003 with the first arrival of the Vespa GT 125 and 200, and later the GTS 250. The new Vespa GTS range now comprises three versions: GTS SuperSport, GTS Touring and the brand-new Vespa GTS SuperTech, with colour TFT display that maximizes connectivity to a smartphone with the VESPA MIA system. GTS SuperSport There are three engine types: 150cc I-Get, 300 Quasar and the new 300 hpe (High Performance Engine– only for GTS SuperTech), which focuses on the creation of units that are increasingly efficient in terms of emissions and consumption. With the ability to deliver power in excess of 23 HP, this is the most powerful engine ever seen on a Vespa. THE SUPERTECH VERSION MAKES ITS DEBUT, FEATURING A COLOUR TFT INSTRUMENT CLUSTER AND INTEGRATED NAVIGATION SYSTEM Versions and colours The GTS embodies the typical Vespa values of style, safety, sportiness and luxurious comfort. The Vespa GTS Touring, a spirit of adventure among Vespa travel lovers. Millions of Vespa have long since travelled the world’s roads, giving entire generations the opportunity to get to know each other, by broadening their horizons and encountering different cultures. Vespa GTS Touring stands out for its evocative top fairing, which offers added protection without impacting on its elegance thanks to its reduced size. Available in Beige Eleganza and the new Blue Avio, Vespa GTS Touring also features a refined and elegantly upholstered saddle and a dedicated plate on the back of the shield. Vespa GTS Super Sport is the ultimate in Vespa sportiness, boasting a dynamic acceleration and strong character that is emphasized by total black rims and two bold matte colors, namely White Innocenza, Grey Titanio and the brand-new Blue Vivace, both enhanced with new dedicated graphics. The GTS SuperSport stands out for its double-upholstered saddle with clasp. GTS SuperSport Blue Vivace The new Vespa GTS SuperTech represents the top of Vespa GTS range. GTS SuperTech is the first large-bodied Vespa to adopt a fully digital instrument cluster with 4.3″ full colour TFT display. Aesthetically, Vespa GTS SuperTech is characterised by wheel rims that have a special matte black finish and a yellow horn cover. The yellow painted front shock spring serves as an original element that contrasts with the two available colours of Black Vulcano and Grey Materia. Even the seats have a “hi-tech” finish, with double upholstery and two-colour stitching with yellow detailing. Design: tradition and modernity The Vespa GTS has always evolved along the path of tradition. The front view is characterized by the round shape of the LED headlamp, a well-established element in the history of Vespa design, and by the LED daylights. These features provide the best solution in terms of visibility in all possible weather conditions. The front end features a redesigned shield, at the centre of which is the unmistakeable horn cover, now longer and enhanced with three decorations. Also new are the shape of the handlebars, the chrome-plated crest on the front mudguard, the rear-view mirrors and the grilles along the side of the shield, now featuring a brand-new honeycomb motif. At the rear, the restyling is on the side panels that run under the body, while the SuperTech version powered by a 300 hpe engine stands out for its new engine crankcase cover and newly designed silencer cover. Legendary comfort, further improved The perfect ergonomics and natural seat position have always contributed to making every Vespa comfortable, pleasant to ride and accessible to all. The new Vespa GTS further highlights the strong touring vocation that large Vespas have always embodied, offering a new saddle able to ensure greater comfort for both rider and passenger, thanks to optimised ergonomics and the use of new materials in the padding and upholstery. The under-saddle compartment makes optimum use of the available space and can accommodate two Vespa Visor 3.0 demi-jet helmets and more. The 300 hpe engine: the most powerful and responsive Vespa of all time The new GTS SuperTech’s 300 cc, 4-stroke, 4-valve single-cylinder engine known as 300 hpe (High Performance Engine) is the most powerful engine ever mounted on a Vespa with optimised thermodynamic performance and reduced friction; all without impacting on size or bulk, which remain the same as for the previous unit, at the top of its category. The introduction of a new high-pressure multi-jet injector has helped to improve combustion. A more generous intake line, equipped with a duct of optimized length, improves the torque delivered at low revs and ensures exceptionally smooth shifting at any speed. The new iridium spark plug ensures greater durability with maintenance intervals now extended to 10,000 km. Transmission has also been overhauled, the CVT boasting a more robust belt and new materials designed to reduce friction and noise. All of this is enveloped by a new cover coated with sound absorbing material, for a reduction in mechanical noise, also aided by a new and more rigid clutch drum. The engine is controlled by a latest-generation Magneti Marelli MIUG4 ECU, which already conforms with the future Euro 5 standard: equipped with greater calculation capacity, it contributes to improving overall engine efficiency and allows for the engine to be started practically instantaneously, after just two rotations of the crankshaft. GTS SuperTech Technology aimed at maximum safety The body of the Vespa GTS is produced strictly in steel and offers unrivalled robustness, as well as unique levels of safety and dynamism. The result is a particularly brilliant ride both in city traffic as well as on country roads: an exhilarating mix of handling and reassuring stability, also thanks to the generous section tyres fitted on 12 inch diameter wheel rims. The double-disc braking system ensures prompt deceleration, even during sports use. The Piaggio Group is the first manufacturer to introduce scooter ASR electronic traction control (available on 300 cc), once available only on the best motorcycles, which prevents wheel spin. The electronic control package is rounded-off by the ABS anti-braking system. Both are supplied as standard with the Vespa GTS family. Always connected with VESPA MIA VESPA MIA and the new Vespa App are specifically designed to connect iOS or Android mobile devices to those latest Vespa models equipped with an instrument cluster and TFT display, namely Vespa Elettrica and the brand-new entry to the Vespa GTS range, the SuperTech. Once a smartphone is connected to the Vespa GTS SuperTech – associating the phone via the dedicated Vespa App, available for download in the App Store or Google Play – the TFT display will show all notifications regarding incoming calls and messages in the centre of the screen. The display also serves as a navigation and informational tool, accompanying the rider on a pre-set route set up on the Vespa App. VESPA MIA is included as standard on the Vespa GTS SuperTech, while the Vespa Multimedia Platform is available as an accessory for other models in the new Vespa GTS range. Accessories The new GTS boasts a wide range of accessories with which to personalise the vehicle and increase comfort and functionality. The top box, which can accommodate a full-face helmet or two jet helmets, is painted to match the chassis and comes complete with a padded back rest. The chrome front and rear luggage racks are among the most requested and appreciated accessories and characterize the Vespa personality in a strong and distinct fashion, as well as underscoring its long touring history. The perimeter guard kit is just one of the chrome accessories and guarantees maximum Vespa protection while making a strong aesthetic impact. For an added touch of elegance, an all-Italian brown real leather seat is available. Protection on board is guaranteed by the methacrylate impact and splinter resistant windshield and by the high-quality transparent or smoke top fairing with its compact and sporty lines. The leg cover in thermal material is easy to install and offers year-round riding comfort. The set of accessories is completed with an anti-slip, waterproof rubber mat, outdoor and indoor vehicle covers, a mechanical anti-theft system, inner top box bag, luggage straps, smartphone bracket, and glove box with USB port. Also available for the SuperSport versions, in addition to the perimeter guards and luggage rack in matte black, are a sports saddle that combines two technical materials and sophisticated aluminium details that enhance the sports look, specifically a top fairing, mudguard crest, rear-view mirrors and a handlebar control component kit, which includes brake levers, hand grips and handlebar tips in billet aluminium. All Vespa accessories and style complements are available online on the vespa.com website. Products include a wide array of clothing, gadgets and accessories, allowing you to experience Vespa style and dress with casual elegance.