The most affordable pair of Italian wheels is the Piaggio Vespa in our country and no doubt the design of the scooter defines it self without any further description. Piaggio started its business operations in India in 1960 in a joint venture with Bajaj Auto and the first country based scooter Chetak was also inspired from the Vespa’s design. The start of a new innings with the launch of Vespa LX125 last year, has lured a lot customers with its retro style and history.
Piaggio launched the Vespa with quite an expensive price tag and a few features have been absent but the 125cc engine and the brisk performance of the Vespa have been unmatched in the Indian scooter market. Now, to refresh the model’s presence, the company is all set to launch a new variant, the Vespa VX125 with new added features.
There are no prominent changes to the scooter’s design except the new grab rails and two new color options – Metallic Green and the dual tone Red and pink color to lure young female riders. Black and maroon colours have been discontinued on the Vespa. The new instrument cluster, optional beige color seat, new instrument console and 200 mm front disc brake are the new added features in the Vespa VX.
The technical specs are similar to the standard variant but a new set of tubeless MRF Zappers will do duty on the scooter. The Vespa is the only scooter on Indian roads with a monocoque chassis. Six funky colors offered on the compact design of the Vespa have been a crowd-puller. Although, Piaggio haven’t received the expected response from the market but the company has managed to sell decent numbers. The Vespa VX is priced at Rs. 65,600/- (ex-showroom, Mumbai) and the Italian icon will be on sale from the first week of July in India (launch on 24th June).