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New three-valve engine for the Vespa 125/150 range
New three-valve engine for the Vespa 125/150 range
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I do not think that at this stage of the course it is necessary to explain what a Vespa is. What must be explained is that despite the fact that more than 60 years have passed since the first Vespa came out, remember that it was put on sale in 1946, it is still one of the best-selling Scooters in the world. Of course, a good part of the secret of this longevity in the market is the constant renewal and updating carried out by the Piaggio Group And now it is the turn of the 125/150 cc engine that until now was called Leader.

So after a detailed study of that Leader motor A three-valve cylinder head is fitted to the forced air-cooled four-stroke single cylinder. Although not only this has been retouched, since other mechanical points have also been improved to achieve that 125cc engine power increased by 7.1% and engine torque by 10.3%. In addition, the 150 cc version also increases the power by 6.3% and the engine torque by 7.8%. Both engines increase their performance between a 2, 2% and 3% increase in final speed.

Piaggio 3V engine

Although perhaps the most interesting thing is that this new engine with a three-valve cylinder head manages to do 55 km / l at 50 km / h (1.81 liters per 100 km), which means 30% more autonomy than its predecessor. The period between revisions has also been increased, now reaching 10,000 km, which together with the reduced operating costs in an average year (4,000 km of annual use are estimated) means the saving of 34 liters of fuel, which can be translated into 1,500 extra km. This "story of the milkmaid" sounds good and will have to be verified in real traffic and with daily use.

The most detailed ones will have noticed that the new engine continues to use a rear drum. The explanation for this system is that, thinking that these Scooters will be destined for an inexperienced user, it is easier for them to learn to handle with a brake of this type than with a disc brake. It gives me that what is sought is the economy above all and that is why a brake is used that simple. But I will not be the one to argue with the gentlemen of Piaggio.

Vespa LX 125/150 3V, review for the new engine

Vespa LX 125/150 3V

Of course, the review does not go beyond a few details, such as the grille that covers the horn and the crest of the fender, which will now be chrome. Other details such as the Vespa logo that will now be on the ground where our feet rest, or on the cuffs. Available colors are Vulcano Black, Montebianco (white), Dragon Red, Midnight Blue and Portovenere Green. The Touring version is also available in the Brown Terra di Toscana.

In addition, a wide range of accessories to personalize the motorcycle, such as the trunk in the same color as the body, windshield, genuine leather seat, leg cover or an electronic anti-theft system.

Finally, the prices in Italy are:

  • Vespa LX 125 3V: 3,620 euros
  • Vespa LX 150 3V: 3,820 euros
  • Vespa LX “Touring” 125 3V: 3,790 euros
  • Vespa LX "Touring" 150 3V: 3,990 euros
  • Vespa S 125 3V: 3,770 euros
  • Vespa S 150 3V: 3,970 euros
  • Vespa S "Sport" 125 3V: 3,850 euros
  • Vespa S "Sport" 150 3V: 4,050 euros

Prices that in Spain I imagine will not vary much.

Vespa 125/150 S, details that change and little else

Vespa S 125/150 3V

And is that the Vespa 125/150 S It practically does not change anything from its previous version when it receives this new engine with a three-valve cylinder head. The front “tie” design has been revised a bit, including the grille covering the horn, which is now black, and the front fender trim which is also black. Available colors are Lucido Black, Montebianco (white), Dragon Red and Mediterranean Blue. The sport version is also available in color Black Abyss.

Below you have a wide gallery with both models and some technical details of the new engine.

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See complete gallery »Piaggio 125/150 3V engine (15 photos)

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