Text and photos by Chris Van Hoven
Vespa scooters have always been the quintessential representation of the Italian lifestyle on two wheels. Bold, stylish, and charming, the Vespa has endured as an icon for over 70 years, making its way across the decades both as a mode of transportation and as a symbol of freedom and spontaneity.
Vespa has recently launched three new models to add to their expanding lineup — the Primavera, Sprint and Vespa S — each featuring the i-Get (Italian Green Experience Technology) powertrain. The i-Get powertrain has been designed to improve overall performance, while keeping engine noise to a minimum. All the newly designed engines use three valves per cylinder, as well as electronic injection and air cooling, with all parts geared toward optimizing consumption and output. Quieter, compact exhausts produce a more pleasant sound, while the new drive shaft reduces vibrations significantly. The i-Get system also complies with Euro 3 standards of emission, making it safer for the environment. In addition, both the Primavera and Sprint get the added benefit of an ABS system, which significantly improves safety and handling characteristics.
First debuting in the 60s, the Primavera is one of Vespa’s most recognizable designs. The new model features a more ergonomic design, better handling, and improved safety features. The dashboard now features an analogic speedometer and an LCD display that shows the time, fuel level, odometer and trip measurement. Opening the glovebox reveals storage space for documents, an electronic lever that opens the saddle, and a USB port for connectivity.
Light, agile, and comfortable, the Sprint is a quick urban runner that traces its routes to the Vespa GL from 1963. Twelve-inch front and rear wheels give the model impressive maneuverability, while an improved lighting system using LEDs for the front positioning lights and the rear lamp makes it more visible in traffic. The Sprint’s glove box offers the same storage capabilities as the Primavera and also features a USB port for devices.
Vespa S 125
Sleek lines, a redesigned saddle, and a more aggressive profile mark the Vespa S as a foray into the modern scooter. The rectangular headlamp gives it a more updated, edgy appeal, complementing its trendy new rims. The Vespa S features all of the storage benefits of the Primavera and Sprint, including USB connectivity and an electronic lever to open the glove box.
Check out these new models at the Vespa Showroom located at 26 St. cor. 5th Ave. Bonifacio Global City Taguig and at 324 Ortigas Avenue, North Greenhills San Juan City. For inquiries, call 0936-2829319 and (02) 722-2555.