Vespa, the iconic Italian scooter brand owned by Piaggio is soon to launch its third premium offering in India. Named the Vespa S, the scooter could be offered in 125cc or 150cc options, or both.
While the LX and the VX had an abundance of feminine design cues, the Vespa S visually comes across as a scooter designed for young, stylish men.
The squared off headlamp, squared handlebar cowl, subtle changes in the front mudguard, and changes in the front panel lend the Vespa S with a strong, robust look. The mirrors too are rectangular, instead of the round ones from the LX / VX.
The Vespa S will come with cool looking 5 spoke alloy wheels (3 spoke on the LX / VX). The front wheel is an 11 incher, with a 110/70 tubeless tyre, while the rear comes with a chunky 120/70 tyre, shod on 10 inch rims.
The braking will be handled by a 200mm front disc brake, and a 140mm rear drum brake, which should be enough considering that this setup works really well on the VX.
The instrument gauge console on the Vespa S is entirely different to the one found on the LX/ VX. The black plastic housing with scoops for the speedometer and fuel gauge manages to look classy inspite of being so simple. A digital clock and the regular tell-tale lights fill up the bottom of the console.
The rear of the Vespa S is quite similar to the LX / VX, but the chunkier rear tyre with red coloured rear springs make the Vespa S look distinctively sporty.
Vespa has a production capacity of 1,50,000 scooters annually at its plant in Baramati, Maharashtra. They have made it clear that they would prefer to cater to the premium scooter category, and the prices of their scooters currently (LX and VX) are significantly higher than the other similarly specced scooters. Vespa does have a cult following the world over, and if you closely observe, the trend has started in India as well. Customised and accessorised Vespas can often be seen on our roads, and Vespa plans to raise this higher by introducing more models and a wider range of accessories and custom parts in their India portfolio.
We speculate that the Vespa S could be launched in the January – March 2014 period, and could be priced around Rs. 76,000 (ex- showroom) for the 125 and around Rs. 84,000 (ex- showroom) for the 150. Even though the prices seem to be high, no other scooter on sale right now has the feel and appeal of a Vespa.