Vespa brand is owned by Piaggio, the fourth largest producer of scooters and motorcycles in the world was present in India as JV with LML until 1999, making geared scooters that were popular amongst the common man.
Piaggio will launch its flagship scooter nicknamed the Vespa LX 125 later this month. The Vespa LX 125 is an automatic, retro looking scooter, that derives lot of styling cues from the original 1946 Vespa. With plenty of rounded curves, a cute looking headlamp and chrome rear-view mirrors. The front apron sports a centre cowl, rectangular indicators and a chrome grille that houses the horn.
The instrument cluster in the Vespa LX 125 sports a speedometer, fuel gauge, low-fuel warning light, tell-tale lights and a digital clock. Inside the apron sits a glove box, Footboard below is ridged , the seat is wide providing ample comfort for both rider and pillion. The storage under seat is large and seat is flanked by a grab handle. The stop lamp and turn indicators give the bike a retro feel. Vespa LX 125 is a all-metal body should endure the tough Indian conditions.
The Vespa LX 125 will use a 124cc, four-stroke, fuel-injected, air-cooled single cylinder engine a standard displacement for Vespas. Peak power output is 10.7bhp at 8250rpm, while maximum torque produced at 6500rpm is 0.97kgm. The Vespa LX 125 will carry a automatic CVT transmission churning out decent power and torque.
Front suspension is a single-side, while at rear sits a hydraulic monoshock. The LX 125 uses a 200mm front disc brake, with a conventional 110mm drum behind.
Vespa LX 125 is expected to be position as premium offering in India so expect the LX 125 to cost a bit more than its competition. Only time will tell, if Indian’s are willing to shell out extra for a premium scooter like Vespa LX 125.