NEWS: Vespa GTS power, style and technical updates for latest models…

The Vespa flagship model receives power, technical and style updates. The new 300hpe engine promises to deliver more than 23hp (at the crank) as the ‘SuperTech’ version makes its debut, with new instrument cluster and integrated Nav-system.

For 2019, the entire Vespa GTS range is further improved, with a series of updates to boost performance, comfort and style. The new Vespa GTS range, packed with standard equipment, now comprises five versions: Vespa GTS, GTS Touring, GTS Super, GTS SuperSport and the brand-new, technological Vespa GTS SuperTech, with colour TFT display that maximises connectivity to the smartphone with the VESPA MIA system.

Two engine sizes are available, the already well-known and appreciated 125 i-get single-cylinder is now joined by the new 300 hpe (High-Performance Engine), the fruit of the latest Piaggio Group technology, which aims to create engines that are increasingly advanced and efficient in terms of limiting emissions and consumption. Able to deliver nearly 24HP, this is the most powerful engine ever adopted by a factory Vespa.

Modifications have also been made to update the design of the new Vespa GTS, while still retaining certain distinctive traits: the front headlight and rear lights now adopt full LED technology. The front section also features a redesigned shield. Also new is the shape of the handlebar, the chrome crest of the front mudguard, the rear view mirrors and the grilles to the sides of the shield, characterised by a brand-new honeycomb motif. At the rear, the side panels undergo a restyling, running under the body, while versions driven by a 300 HPE engine stand out for a new engine crankshaft cover and a new silencer cover.

The Piaggio 300 hpe engine:

The new Vespa GTS boasts the latest evolution of the 300 cc single-cylinder, 4-stroke, 4-valve, liquid-cooled engine with electronic injection. Known as 300 hpe (High-Performance Engine), the unit has increased performance while at the same time reducing fuel consumption. With respect to the previous version, maximum power comes in at 23.8 HP at 8250 rpm, which translates into a 12% increase, while maximum torque, equating to 19.2ft-lbs at 5250 rpm, has been boosted by 18%.

Piaggio has adopted a new head and piston with redesigned features which results in a highly efficient combustion chamber, and also benefits from valves and ducts of increased diameter inside the head. The camshaft now benefits from optimised timing and valve lift speeds, and the introduction of a new high-pressure multi-jet injector also helps to improve combustion. Lastly, a more generous intake line improves the torque delivered at low revs and ensures a smooth ride.

The transmission has also been redesigned: the CVT boasts a new belt, new geometry, and new materials, all enveloped by a new cover coated with a sound-absorbent material, to reduce mechanical noise, also aided by a new, more rigid clutch drum. The engine is controlled by a latest-generation Magneti Marelli MIUG4 ECU, already compatible with the future Euro 5 standard.

 

125 i-get engine

All models in the new Vespa GTS range are also available with a 125 i-get electronic injection engine, with four valve distribution and liquid cooling.  Engines in the i-get family stand out for the adoption of the Piaggio patented Start & Stop system known as RISS (Regulator Inverter Start & Stop System). The 125 i-get engine is accredited with power of 12hp at 8250 rpm, and a torque value of 8ft-lbs at 6750 rpm.

 

Technical and other features:

ASR electronic traction control and ABS anti-braking system both come as standard on Vespa GTS family models.

VESPA MIA connectivity system allows you to connect your smartphone to the Vespa GTS on-board electronics system via Bluetooth. VESPA MIA and the new Vespa app are specifically designed to connect iOS or Android mobile devices to the latest Vespa models equipped with an instrument cluster with TFT display: Vespa Elettrica, Vespa Primavera S and Vespa Sprint S, and the brand-new model in the Vespa GTS range, the SuperTech version.

Once connected the TFT display will clearly show all notifications relating to incoming calls and messages in the centre of the screen. The system also allows for call management via a joystick and the use of vocal commands to make calls or listen to music, by activating a playlist. To fully enjoy all these functions, Vespa GTS SuperTech offers a special dedicated Jet helmet as an accessory, the helmet complete with built-in earphones and Bluetooth intercom.

The display also serves as a navigation system, accompanying the rider along the route, pre-set in the Vespa app, with directions and pictograms.

Available as standard with Vespa GTS SuperTech, the VESPA MIA system is available as an optional for other models in the new Vespa GTS range.

 

Vespa GTS 125 – Technical Sheet

ENGINE 
TypeSingle cylinder, 4-stroke Piaggio i-get with “Start & Stop” system
Engine capacity 124.7 cc
Bore x Stroke52 mm x 58.7 mm
Max Power 9 kW at 8250 rpm
Max Torque11.1 Nm at 6750 rpm
Fuel systemElectronic injection
IgnitionElectronic, with variable advance
CoolingLiquid
LubricationWet sump
TransmissionCVT with torque server
ClutchAutomatic centrifugal dry clutch
VEHICLE 
Load Bearing StructureSheet metal body with welded reinforcements
Front suspensionSingle arm fork with coil spring and hydraulic control
Rear suspensionDouble hydraulic shock absorber with four-position spring pre-load adjustment
Front brakeHydraulically operated 220 mm stainless steel disc
Rear brakeHydraulically operated 220 mm stainless steel disc
Braking systemTwo-channel ABS system
Front tyreTubeless 120/70 – 12”
Rear tyreTubeless 130/70 – 12″
  
DIMENSIONS 
Length/Width1,950/755 mm
Wheelbase 1,380 mm
Saddle height790 mm
  
Fuel tank capacity7 litres
ApprovalEuro 4
CO2 emissions60 g/km
Consumption (WMTC cycle)2.4 l/100 km

 

Vespa GTS 300 hpe – Technical Sheet

ENGINE 
TypePiaggio hpe single-cylinder 4 stroke
Engine capacity 278 cm³
Bore x Stroke75 mm x 63 mm
Max Power 17.5 kW (23.8 HP) at 8250 rpm
Max Torque26 Nm at 5250 rpm
Fuel systemElectronic injection
IgnitionElectronic, with variable advance
CoolingLiquid
LubricationWet sump
TransmissionCVT with torque server
ClutchAutomatic centrifugal dry clutch
VEHICLE 
Load Bearing StructureSheet metal body with welded reinforcements
Front suspensionSingle arm fork with coil spring and hydraulic control
Rear suspensionDouble hydraulic shock absorber with four-position spring pre-load adjustment
Front brakeHydraulically operated 220 mm stainless steel disc
Rear brakeHydraulically operated 220 mm stainless steel disc
Braking systemTwo-channel ABS system
Front tyreTubeless 120/70 – 12”
Rear tyreTubeless 130/70 – 12″
  
DIMENSIONS 
Length/Width1,950/755 mm
Wheelbase 1,380 mm
Saddle height790 mm
  
Fuel tank capacity7 litres
ApprovalEuro 4
CO2 emissions74 g/km
Consumption (WMTC cycle)31 km/l

 

 

 

 

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