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Piaggio gives mid-size Vespas more power

by • July 18, 2016 • No Comments

Piaggio has built itself as one of the premier manufacturers of scooters, and one of the many iconic scooter brands it owns is Vespa. In an effort to go on to improve upon the Vespa line, Piaggio not long ago replaced its Vespa LX and S versions with the upgraded Primavera and Sprint, both of which now get the company’s i-Get engine added in the Piaggio Medley in 2015.

  • The Vespa Primavera comes in an array of colors with the red evoking the many Italian ...
  • One of several new colors which define the new Vespa Primavera
  • The Vespa Touring edition of the Primavera showcases two cargo carriers and ABS brakes
  • The Vespa Touring Primavera offers the many versatility of the Sprint and Primavera versions

The Primavera and Sprint come equipped with either the new 125 cc power plant or a larger 150 cc engine. Both are single-cylinder, air-cooled, four-stroke engines showcasing 3-valve timing and electronic ignition.

The i-Get engines in addition incorporate a barometric sensor which instantly adjusts the air-fuel mixture when it senses changes in altitude or other facts which can hinder performance. This is intended to ensure greater reliability and less stalling in heavy stop-and-go riding conditions, which many of these scooters can find themselves in throughout the world.

The 125 cc has a claimed maximum power of 7.9 kW (10.6 hp) and 10.4 Nm (7.7 lb. ft.) of torque, while the 150 cc turn it intos 9.5 kW (12.7 hp) of power and 12.8 Nm (9.4 lb. ft.) of torque. Those aren’t break neck power curves, but they are of a 10 percent increase over the previous versions, and a lot to get you and actually a passenger or a tiny load around Rome, Sydney or actually Madison, Wisconsin.

Other improvements include the use of improved friction-resistant materials in the drive train to turn it into greater fuel efficiency with gas-stingy numbers like a claimed 45.5 km/l (2.2 l/100km or 107 mpg) and 41 km/l (2.4 l/100km or 96 mpg) for the 125 and 150 cc respectively. With an 8-liter (2.1 gallon) tank on both versions, owners can go a few distance between fill ups with an expected 364 km (226 miles) range for the tinyer engine and 328 km (204 miles) for the larger.

Piaggio said it has in addition created both versions quieter by changing up the crankshaft configuration to reduce vibration, incorporating a new starter motor, utilizing a new gear box cover, and developing a new exhaust process.

Accessories are on the market for both scooters to improve safety, overall carrying ability and various levels of personalization. For instance, a touring edition of the Primavera showcases a front and rear luggage rack to increase cargo ability, and ABS, which is standard on both editions of the Sprint.

Vespa afficionadoes may remember the Primavera version name which dated of the sixties
until it was disgo ond in the 1980s. The Sprint is said to be influenced by past Vespa versions which were created to convey a sportier and edgier image.

Both versions are in showrooms throughout many of the world, except in the US where you’ll just find those with the 150cc engine. Retail price for the Primavera 150 in the US is US$4,999 and the Sprint 150 starts at $5,299. In Europe, pricing depends on the country, but is roughly at €4,100 Euros for the 125 Primavera and €4,290 for the 125 Sprint.

Source: Vespa


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