Once again, Vespa confirms its technological cutting-edge features with the introduction of the new versions of Vespa Primavera and Vespa Sprint. The two Vespa “small bodies” that are heirs to the legendary “Vespino” that charmed and transported entire generations of young people all over the world in the 1960s.
The new models of the iconic scooter stand out for their more generous equipment package that includes a very handy USB socket, located inside the leg shield back plate compartment, and the availability of the anti-lock braking system (ABS). The most important innovation comes in the form of the new Piaggio i-Get Euro 4 powerplant, capable of ensuring brilliant performance, contained consumption and extremely high overall efficiency.
New i-Get engine
The Vespa Primavera and Vespa Sprint, powered by the 125-cubic centimeter and 150-cc engines, respectively, now features the cutting-edge technology of the Piaggio i-Get family of engines. The new Piaggio i-Get powerplants are the result of a design philosophy that sets new and more advanced quality and reliability levels as its primary objectives. Every aspect of the design process was aimed at increasing the efficiency of each individual component, thereby working together to maximize performance and, at the same time, minimize consumption and emissions.
The Piaggio i-Get powerplants underwent rigorous testing for more than one million kilometers to assure its quality and reliability. The new i-Get engines can be provided in liquid or air-cooled versions with three or four valve timing.
The new i-Get powerplants that equip Vespa Primavera and Vespa Sprint are ultra-modern single cylinder four-stroke 125-cc and 150-cc air-cooled engines with electronic injection and three-valve timing. Each and every detail, from the exhaust to the internal design of the gearbox cover, has been designed to make the ride smoother, quieter and more comfortable. The injection system has been optimized and improved in terms of efficiency; the ECU (engine control unit) now has a barometric sensor that guarantees optimum combustion every time in any condition of use and at any altitude. This means that the power and torque output reach new and high levels of regularity and reliability, even in the city with constant stop and go riding.
These engines are extremely environmentally friendly since they are approved in compliance with the Euro 4 Multi-Directive, and they are capable of performance which is, as always, at the top of the category: the i-Get 125-cc has maximum power and torque that measure in respectively at 7.9 kilowatts (10.5 horsepower) at 7,700 revolutions per minute and 10.4 Newton-meters at 6,000 rpm, whereas the 150-cc reaches 9.5 kW (12.7 hp) maximum power at 7,750 rpm and 12.8 Nm maximum torque at 6,500. These are values that, along with the proverbial light weight typical of all Vespas, make this Vespa “small body” particularly quick both in city traffic and on stretches of open road. A perfectly calibrated gearbox with new and more resistant friction materials for the dry centrifugal automatic clutch contributes to this result. This brilliant performance is combined with fuel consumption values that are reduced to a minimum: the particular architecture of the engine and the solutions adopted for the various components makes 45.5 kilometers per liter possible for the 125 and 41 km/L for the 150 measured in the World-wide Motorcycle Emissions Test Cycle. Thanks to a spacious, eight-liter fuel tank, Vespa Primavera and Vespa Sprint now boast a highly respectable travel range: 364 kilometers can be covered with a full tank on the 125-cc and 328 kilometers with the 150-cc.
On Vespa Sprint and on the Primavera Settantesimo version, ABS now comes standard, a further technical advancement intended to increase safety. The locking up of the front wheel during intense braking or from slippery asphalt is generally the most significant hazard for motorbike and scooter riders, and passengers. The adoption of ABS was triggered precisely to prevent this danger, making the ride pleasant and safe.
The front-wheel has a revolution detection system – a sensor and a tone wheel – which instantly reads the speed and deceleration of the wheel with respect to that of the vehicle. The sensor dialogues with an electro hydraulic control unit that activates the ABS if the wheel decelerates abruptly, preventing locking and the consequent loss of control over the vehicle, thereby guaranteeing stability, vehicle control and efficient braking even on low friction coefficient surfaces such as wet or dirty asphalt.
This sophisticated safety system, developed specifically for the Vespa Primavera and Vespa Spring, can also boast being lightweight, leaving the kerb weight virtually unchanged. The ABS contributes to raising the already high safety level the Vespa Primavera and Vespa Sprint guarantee, thanks to their sturdy frame. The painstaking care taken in designing its components has resulted in previously unseen levels of rigidity, but without compromising the weight of the structure. Compared to Vespa LX and Vespa S (the models which Vespa Primavera and Vespa Sprint replaced respectively), the body is 36-percent more rigid and the longitudinal flexion has increased by an incredible 154 percent. The advantages are tangible in terms of safety and riding pleasure on the road, where riders will discover a Vespa with dynamic qualities and exceptional stability and handling. Other contributors to road safety are the generous wheel rim sizes on both the Vespa Primavera and Vespa Sprint.
The new Vespa Primavera is available in four color schemes: Rosso Dragon (with beige saddle); Nero Vulcano (with red saddle); Midnight Blue (with beige saddle); and Montebianco (with red saddle).
For the Vespa Sprint 125 there are five color schemes: Rosso Dragon; Nero Lucido; Montebianco; Giallo Positano; and Blu Gaiola, all with a black saddle.