October 3, 2012

2013 Piaggio Vespa GTS 300ie Super Review

Piaggio is the largest manufacturer of scooters in Europe, and Vespa is its premium small-wheel brand. Topping the eight-model 2013 line is the sleek, chic and speedy GTS 300 Super.

Conceived as basic, affordable transportation for crippled post-WWII Italy, the first Vespa with its pressed steel monocoque body and protective leg shield was a hit. Follow-ups were larger and more powerful, and soon drew worldwide acclaim.

Today’s clean-running Vespas differ greatly from the smoky two-strokes of the past; thrust now comes from fuel-injected four-strokes equipped with catalytic converters. Styling remains largely true to the shapely original.

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.

One look at the 300 Super says it all; superior performance, clean lines and uncluttered instrumentation. This trim Italian built champion carries no excess weight and is designed to impress with the industry leading 300cc EFI engine and its unmistakable sports styling.

Priciest Vespa to date, the $6199 GTS 300 Super runs on the same liquid-cooled, sohc, four-valve Single that powers the $200-less-costly GTS 250. There is, however, one important distinction: A 3mm larger bore accompanied by a 3mm longer stroke bumps displacement from 244cc to 278cc. While claimed peak torque is only slightly higher (16.5 foot-pounds versus 14.9), it comes at 5000 rpm as opposed to 6500 for the 250.

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2013 Vespa GTS 300ie Super Review

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