If there's one manufacturer which embodies the word scooter, it's Vespa. Part of the Piaggio group, Vespa has been associated with stylish scooters since people have been riding scooters.
When you mention Vespa, you think scooters, it's that simple. At the EICMA 2008 motorcycle exhibition in Milan, Vespa presented their GTS 300 Super scooter.
Here's what their press release has to say
The Vespa with the largest displacement ever produced since 1946
The Vespa GTS 300 Super brings the exclusive elegance of Vespa to the over 250 class. The classic, unique Vespa style is combined with a distinctly sporty and modern personality, giving the clean Vespa lines a decidedly rugged look. With its sporty design, the Vespa GTS 300 Super embodies the style, convenience, safety and sturdiness of the Vespa brand.
With an ultra-modern, powerful 4-valve liquid-cooled engine, electronic injection and Euro3 approval, what sets the Vespa GTS 300 Super apart is the incredible flexibility and exuberance of the engine, which means it can really take off at the lights.
The Vespa GTS 300 Super is here, continuing a line of sporty elegance which boasts legendary models like the 1955 Vespa GS, the 1964 180 SS, the '65 90 SS, the 1972 200 Rally, the 1976 Vespa ET3, and the 1985 T5 “Pole Position”.
Legendary names in the history of the most famous and – with over 17 million produced since 1946 – most widely ridden scooter on planet Earth.
Ever since its very first years of life there have been sporty versions of the Vespa, often used in speed road racing, and sometimes in major off-road racing events too. This meant that some tantalising racing prototypes were created, as well as the “6-day Vespa”, which consistently dominated the 1951 International Six Days, winning 9 gold medals.
This road racing experience gave rise to the model that many people, to this day, regard as the most beautiful scooter in Vespa history: the 1955 Vespa GS, which was later immortalised in the film Quadrophenia, the rock opera by The Who, and ridden by a young Sting.
Today, the Vespa GTS 300 Super picks up this outstanding sporting tradition which has characterised some of the happiest years in Vespa history. And it does so in a golden age for the Vespa brand: in just a few years production has more than doubled, from around 50,000 Vespas produced in 2004, to 100,000 in 2006, and over 117,000 in 2007 – in testament to a fascination that is still intact after 62 years of history and 145 different models.
Once again the Vespa gets a new look, to enhance the range.
And this time it gets a new body, built without compromise, which emphasises its sporty character. A body with forms, details and colours that all express its sporty dynamism. The Vespa GTS 300 Super blends not just sportiness and performance, but distinctiveness and character too.
The Vespa GTS 300 Super, thanks to its design and technology, reinterprets a sporty classic from the great Vespa collection.
The frame (the metal heart of the Vespa) has undergone some major modifications. On the right side panel there is an eye-catching grille with horizontal slots – an obvious reference to the most stylish Vespas of the past – which gives an elegant sporty touch to the side of the vehicle.
The new two-tone alloy wheel rims recall the removable ones of past times and highlight the sportiness of the 145th model in Vespa history.
The suspension cover is painted racing red on the front spring, a racing detail that makes the new GTS 300 Super stand out.
The new front shield also underlines its sporty personality: the parking light has been replaced with a stylish air intake enhanced with chrome features.
And the headlight – which is round, in the best Vespa tradition – now has a black rim, giving the Vespa a more serious look.
The instrumentation, which is completely analogue as in the best racing tradition, has new graphics, with white numbers against a black background: easy to read and highly distinctive.
The seat features forms and materials typical of sporty Italian vehicles.
The black upholstery has a contrasting light grey outer trim – an explicit reference to the past.
Two versions are available: the "Touring", fitted as standard to maximise comfort and usability, and the "Sport" version, available as an option, which enhances the dynamic overall line of the Vespa GTS 300 Super with its single seat configuration.
The increased engine performance has been designed to provide maximum performance in pick-up and acceleration – essential qualities for city commuting.
The displacement of the 4-valve single cylinder Quasar, with electronic injection and liquid-cooled, is now 278 cc thanks to the increase in both the bore (now 75 mm), and the stroke (63 mm).
The new GTS 300 Super is different from the GTS 250 because the new engine has a higher level of torque (22.3 Nm as opposed to 20.1) along with fewer revolutions per minute (5,000 rpm as opposed to 6,500 on the 250). On the road, these numbers translate into flexibility and pick-up from low speeds that are unequalled in this displacement category. So the Vespa GTS 300 Super is the perfect vehicle for the city, where it can show off the very best of what it has to offer.
Vespa is the only scooter in the world with a steel frame – an exclusive design feature that has set Vespa apart from other two wheelers ever since the first model was brought out in 1946.
Put simply, the Vespa does not have a welded plastic-covered tube frame. Instead it is the "body", made entirely of steel, which supports the engine and all the mechanical parts.
It's a design philosophy that gives Vespa superior rigidity (up to 250% more than a scooter with a tube frame), providing incredible precision control and sturdiness that is now legendary.
Inside the Vespa GTS 300 Super frame, underneath the seat, is the fuel tank. Although it can hold a good 9 litres of petrol, giving all the advantages of fuel distance, this does not restrict the under-seat storage space or easy access to the engine once the helmet carrier, which can hold two demi-jet helmets, has been lifted off (no tools required).
To the rigidity of the frame, the Vespa GTS 300 Super adds a chassis featuring 12” wheels with a size 120/70 tyre on the front and a size 130/70 on the rear.
The front suspension has the classic link arm, a traditional feature in Vespa history with excellent dynamic functional characteristics: this system separates the support and shock-absorbing functions, resulting in neutral braking and an anti-lunge effect.
The spring in racing red is a distinctive feature of the Vespa GTS 300 Super.
At the rear, two spring pre-load-adjustable hydraulic shock absorbers are fixed to the transmission crankcase and exhaust support.
The new GTS 300 Super has a wide range of accessories so you can personalise your Vespa and make it unique.
- Rear top case: elegant and roomy, harmonising with the unique shape of the Vespa GTS 300 Super.
- Soft bag: handy and functional for everyday use. Perfectly matches the shape of the top case to maximise capacity.
- Chrome tube front carrier: a clear reference to Vespa history.
- Chrome tube side protector: an eternal classic in the iconography of Vespa.
Vespa GTS 300 Super - Technical Data
- Hot cover with magnetic attachment
- High windscreen
- Electronic alarm
- Footrest mat
- Front mudguard protector
- Anti-theft device
- Vehicle cover.
|Type Single-cylinder, 4 stroke, 4 valve, electronic injection, catalysed |
|Displacement 278 cc |
|Bore / Stroke 75/63 mm |
|Max power 15.8 Kw (22 hp) at 7,500 rpm. |
|Max torque 22.3 Nm at 5,000 rpm |
|Fuel Unleaded petrol, RON min. 95 |
|Distribution SOHC |
|Injection Port injected Alfa/N type with lambda closed loop control and three-way catalytic converter |
|Ignition Electronic with inductive discharge, variable spark advance and three-dimensional mapping |
|Cooling Liquid |
|Lubrication Wet sump and chain driven lobe pump; intake and delivery filters |
|Start Electric |
|Gears CVT with torque server |
|Clutch Automatic centrifugal dry clutch with dampers |
|Frame Sheet metal with welded reinforcements |
|Front suspension Single arm, dual chamber hydraulic shock absorber with coaxial spring |
|Rear suspension Two dual effect shock absorbers with adjustable preload |
|Front brake Ø 220 mm disc |
|Rear brake Ø 220 mm disc |
|Front tyre Tubeless 120/70-12” |
|Rear tyre Tubeless 130/70-12” |
|Length 1,930 mm |
|Width 755 mm |
|Wheelbase 1,370 mm |
|Seat height 790 mm |
|Running weight 148 kg |
|Fuel tank capacity 9 l |
|Emissions Euro 3|
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