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Piaggio is almost completing work on its showrooms, which will be the sole touch points for the upcoming Vespa scooter. Some of the showrooms have already been completed, while others are set to become functional soon. The Italian automaker will be launching the Vespa LX125 on the 26th of April 2012. The company has already delivered a few of the scooters to some dealerships and we happened to checkout the Vespa scooter at the Pune showroom today. So what is the Vespa all about? Lets find out, now shall we?
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Vespa is not your regular scooter, which you will find in abundance. Instead its a timeless classic, which will be positioned as a lifestyle product in India. It is expected to be priced around Rs. 60,000/- and will mark Piaggio’s entry into the competitive two-wheeler space of India.
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The headlights are round, no rocket science here. Rarely do you find a modern scooter with round headlamps but it looks extremely good on the Vespa.
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The simple front end, which sports the Piaggio and Vespa logo, along with the chrome horn cover, number plate holder and front indicators.
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The triangle shaped alloy wheels are bolted onto 80/100/10 MRF Nylo Grip tyre.
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The right side of the Vespa features the electric start button and the switch to activate the headlights.
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The instrument cluster is classic in appearance. It features the indicator lights, speedometer (marked till 120 km/h), fuel meter and a display which shows the time and outside temperature.
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The left side of the Vespa features toggle switch for high and low beam, turn indicator switch, horn and choke. Notice the Vespa logo engraved on the rubber of the handle.
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Storage right below the handle bar, which is good for storing small items.
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The Vespa key. Look at the shape.
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The foot board quality is extremely good.
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The high quality seat, which can seat two in utmost comfort.
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Open the seat and there is generous room to keep a full sized helmet. Notice the small first aid kit, tool box and fuel filler cap.
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The heart of the Vespa. A 124 cc, air-cooled engine, which produces 10.26 BHP of power at 8250 RPM and 9.6 Nm of torque at 7250 RPM. Notice the chrome plated exhaust and the reflectors on the side.
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The chrome plated grab rail and the chrome Vespa logo.
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The 100 section rear tyre of MRF Nylo Grip make.
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The rear section of the Vespa, which features the brake light, turn indicators and number plate.
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Piaggio might be positioning the Vespa LX125 at a slight premium but after checking out the scooter, we think that the slightly higher price might be well worth it. The quality of the scooter is impeccable and the attention to detail is simply astounding. The body gets 3 coat of paint and one can easily see themselves in the Vespa’s body. Considering all this, we feel that Vespa will certainly do quite well in the Indian market.