Piaggio showcased the Vespa S (Sport) scooter at the 2014 Auto Expo that will be added to the Indian lineup later this year. The Vespa S will be positioned above the Vespa VX 125 when launched and has a sporty exterior design to distinguish from the VX model. Piaggio has also showcased the upcoming Vespa 946 along with performance bikes from Moto Guzzi and Aprilia at its pavilion.
The Vespa S gets a distinguishably different exterior design giving it the sporty character. The squared off headlight cluster and wing mirrors give it a sporty front; whereas the curves are mildly toned down on the sides for a meatier appearance. The rear retains classic Italian styling, but the taillight has been positioned higher on the Sport. The Vespa S gets a redesigned analogue instrument cluster with a retro touch; however the Indian variant does not get the Check Engine light and the Oil Indicator light. The Sport gets an exposed glovebox opposed to a closed one seen on the Vespa VX. Completing the look is the front suspension coil painted in read and the black powder coated 3-spoke alloy wheels for a sporty appearance.
The mechanicals for the Vespa S are carried from the Vespa VX as well. The Sport is built on a monocoque steel chassis and is powered by a 125cc 3-valve single-cylinder, four-stroke engine that produces 10.06 HP of power and 10.06 Nm of torque mated to a CVT transmission. The front uses single-side hydraulic suspension, while a monoshock setup is used at the rear. The Vespa Sport has been equipped tubeless tyres and gets front disc brake as standard.
Piaggio hasn’t revealed the price on the Sport as yet. The scooter will be positioned between the Vespa VX and the range topping 946 in the lineup. Expect the prices to start at Rs. 80,000/- (ex-showroom) for the Vespa Sport, when launched in the country.