Piaggio Group motoring technology aims to create increasingly more advanced powerplants in terms of low fuel consumption and emissions. Armed with the most important engine and scooter research and development centre in Europe, and one of the best in the world, Piaggio has developed unique technologies and skills that contribute to the construction of engines today which are in line with the strictest standards in the world.
On Vespa GTS the new family of i-get engines arrives, available in 125 and 150 cc displacements with electronic fuel injection, four valve timing and liquid cooling. These are engines at the top of their respective categories in terms of performance and environmental friendliness.
And the new Piaggio patented Start & Stop system called RISS (Regulator Inverter Start & Stop System) makes its début on the Vespa. This system does away with the traditional starter motor, which is replaced by a brushless “direct mount” electrical unit, in other words, installed directly on the crankshaft. This provides several benefits: extremely quiet start-up, lighter weight and more reliability, less fuel consumption. The Piaggio Start & Stop automatically switches off the engine 3 to 7 seconds after the vehicle stops (depending on whether or not the engine has reached the correct operating temperature). A slight twist of the throttle instantly restarts the engine, in complete silence, given the absence of the traditional starter motor. If the side stand is lowered or if the tilt sensor is activated, the ECU bypasses the Start & Stop function, in other words, the engine switches off and does not restart automatically.
The new i-get powerplants are the result of a design philosophy that sets more advanced quality and reliability levels as its primary objectives. Every aspect of the design was aimed at optimising the efficiency of each individual part in order to contribute to maximising performance. In the initial testing phases alone more than one million kilometres were logged in the intense search for reliability. Each and every one of the components on the new engines, from the exhaust to the internal design of the gearbox cover, all the way to the air filter, has been designed to make the ride smoother, quieter and more comfortable, and to increase the life of the engine.
A large portion of the Piaggio technical work had to do with the maniacal attention to reducing friction through the introduction of bearings on every rotating part, in the timing and in the crank gear geometry, with the cylinder axis shifted to reduce losses due to friction on the piston. The mechanical noise of the new i-get engines is also extremely low thanks to a reduction in play and an optimisation of the materials and shapes.
There are many completely new parts on the family of i-get engines:
– thermodynamics (head, cylinder, piston, rocker timing with rollers); also, all of the parts in motion have been optimised to reduce weight and operating friction.
– the crankshaft, for a clear reduction in vibrations
– starter: no longer the classic gear drive starter motor, but now an electric “direct mount” type “brushless” motor on the crankshaft. The result is the total absence of friction in order to obtain a quiet, durable and reliable starter.
– cooling system, with radiator built into the engine: this reduced the overall weight of the vehicle and the warm-up times (thermal management), with clear benefits in terms of consumption and emissions.
– the gearbox cover, to reduce the noise even more.
– the latest generation double toothed belt to minimise passive losses, once again all to the advantage of consumption and emissions.
– the gearbox setting that improves rideability, performance and consumption.
– the air filter, which improves filtering action to reduce intake noise.
– new built-in engine electronic control unit with the S&S management part (Alternator, S&S Inverter, RISS), entirely developed by Piaggio.
The eighth-litre version is credited with power of 9 kW at 8,250 rpm, whereas the more powerful 150 cc puts out 11 kW at 8,250 rpm. These are numbers that translate into quick engines on the road, specifically designed and built bearing in mind the needs of the rider for daily use in city and metropolitan environments. These are riding conditions characterised by frequent starts and stops which require elasticity, quick acceleration and a smooth ride. These characteristics are ensured by excellent torque (11.1 Nm at 6,750 rpm for the 125 cc and 14 Nm at 6,500 rpm for the 150 cc) which provide Vespa GTS with excellent acceleration both from a stop and in motion.
The new engines also guarantee lengthy service and maintenance intervals. Fluids and filters are changed every 10,000 km and valve clearance only needs to be adjusted every 20,000 km.
Overall fuel consumption benefits from the optimisation of each and every component: mileage on the WMTC cycle reaches 42.4 km/l for the Vespa GTS 125 (41.1 km/l for the GTS 150).
The large Vespa style.
The Vespa GTS evolution has always followed the trend of tradition, maintaining that magical balance between tradition and modernism in the lines of the body, strictly in steel. Vespa GTS still maintains the distinctive traits that are so characteristic of the large body Vespa, but it also has numerous and important aesthetic updates.
Vespa GTS have a “tie” on the front shield with a modern design, front and rear turn indicators characterised by new clear plastics and a rear light assembly elegantly adorned by a chromium frame which recalls the finish of the crest on the front mudguard. The footboard central tunnel cover is enhanced by the Vespa logo.
Its perfect ergonomics and natural seating have always contributed to making every Vespa comfortable, pleasant to ride and accessible to all. The saddle on the Vespa GTS provides superior comfort thanks to the specific padding and new covering. The helmet compartment fully exploits the available space and is able to hold two demi-jet Vespa helmets and more. To further increase the cargo capacity of the Vespa GTS, there is a compartment in the leg shield back plate, ideal for keeping smaller objects handy such as glasses, documents and mobile phones, as well as the convenient bag hook on the upper part of the leg shield back plate. On Vespa GTS, you can also count on the convenient and solid support of the rear luggage rack.
Now standard on all models in the Vespa GTS range are the remote control to open the saddle and Bike Finder, extremely convenient for finding your Vespa in a crowded car park by making the turn indicators flash.
The USB port is not missing, located in the leg shield back plate compartment, convenient for recharging any external device, while the front turn indicators contain a series of LEDs that act as daylight running lights. The trapezoid-shaped digital instrumentation is characterised by its compact size, but also by the extremely exhaustive information provided, it is made up of a classic speedometer and a small multi-functional digital area surrounded by six service indicator lights. The information provided includes the fuel level, time and two partial odometers.
The new Vespa GTS 125/150 is naturally compatible with the Vespa Multimedia Platform (VMP). When a Smartphone with one of the most common operating systems is connected to the on board electronic system VMP transforms it into a real and sophisticated computer which is capable of providing the rider with various information both on the condition of the vehicle and on the route travelled. This allows the rider to use the Smartphone’s touchscreen to keep constant tabs on all riding parameters and to handle both city traffic and longer trips in complete safety.
One of the many features provided by pairing your smartphone with your Vespa is the parked Vespa finder, certain to be popular with more distracted riders. In fact, the system automatically remembers the vehicle’s last position before the engine was switched off, thereby helping you find your Vespa if you forget where you left it. This can be quite convenient when parking, for example, in an unfamiliar city. You can also store all of your travel data in order to easily analyse your riding style through the numerous parameters acquired in real time during your trip.
New safety features.
The Piaggio Group was the first company in the world to introduce electronic systems on scooters which were once available only on the best motorcycles, such as ASR (available on the GTS 300 version) and ABS, which also equip the GTS 125 and 150. Each wheel has a revolution detection system – a sensor and a tone wheel – which instantly reads the speed and deceleration of the wheel with respect to that of the vehicle. The sensors dialogue with a 2-channel hydraulic control unit which activates the ABS system if one of the two wheels decelerates abruptly with respect to the vehicle, avoiding locking and ensuring stability and efficient braking even on road surfaces with a low friction coefficient.
Technology, the uniqueness of Vespa.
The new Vespa GTS/150 is conceived on the reliable, tried and true technical foundation of the previous series. The body, as has always been the case for Vespa from 1946 to the present, is made strictly in steel and provides incomparable sturdiness, in addition to safety features and truly unique dynamic performance. The result is a particularly brilliant ride both in city traffic and on country roads: a mix of thrilling handling and reassuring stability, partly to the credit of wide tyres mounted on 12 inch diameter rims. The dual disc braking system ensures ever-ready decelerating power even in sport use, with modularity that puts even beginners at ease.
VESPA GTS ACCESSORIES.
As always in Vespa tradition, the new GTS has a wide range of accessories so you can personalise your vehicle and increase comfort and functionality.
Great attention to functionality and aesthetics.
The top box, large enough for a flip up helmet, is painted to match the body and fitted with a padded backrest to optimise passenger comfort.
The front and rear chromium plated luggage racks are some of the most popular accessories that strongly denote the personality and long standing Vespa traveller tradition.
And speaking of chromium plated accessories, let’s not forget the side kit which guarantees maximum protection for your Vespa and ensures a bold aesthetic personalisation.
On board protection is guaranteed by the windshield in impact resistant, chip resistant methacrylate and the high quality clear top fairing with its compact and sporty lines. The leg cover made of thermal material, easy to install, also guarantees riding comfort in any season of the year. The set of accessories is completed by the mechanical anti-theft system, the electronic anti-theft system, the top box internal bag, the luggage rack straps, the genuine leather “Made in Italy” saddle and the elegant “Country & Leisure” plaid.
On board technology.
One of the most characteristic and highest technology accessories is the Vespa Multimedia Platform which allows the rider to place his or her smartphone in communication with the Vespa GTS.
Using a dedicated App the Smartphone can display all the vehicle status information (through the on board diagnostics), as well as riding and travel information. This means that VMP technology allows the rider to optimise vehicle use when riding in city and country traffic, enhancing the travel experience.
All Vespa brand accessories and style compliments are available online. In fact, at VESPA.COM, the point of reference for Vespa fans all over the world, the display windows of the Vespa Store are open, a web space that makes all of the Vespa lifestyle collections available to enthusiasts. At Vespa Store the vast range of garments, gift items and accessories, conceived and designed based on the most classic Vespa iconography, is available to anyone who wants to live in Vespa style, dress with informal elegance and surround themselves with high quality items that are reminiscent of timeless shapes.
Vespa GTS 125 e 150- Technical Specifications
|Type||Single cylinder, 4-stroke Piaggio i-get with “Start & Stop” system|
|Displacement||124.7 cc||155.2 cc|
|Bore x Stroke||52 mm / 58.7 mm||58 mm / 58.7 mm|
|Max Power at crankshaft||9 kW / 8250 rpm||11 kW / 8250 rpm|
|Max torque||11.1 Nm / 6750 rpm||14 Nm / 6500 rpm|
|Fuel system||Electronic injection|
|Ignition||Electronic with variable advance|
|Gearbox||Twist-and-go CVT with torque server|
|Clutch||Automatic centrifugal dry clutch|
|Bearing structure||Sheet metal with welded reinforcements|
|Front suspension||Single arm suspension with coil spring and hydraulic shock absorber|
|Rear suspension||Double hydraulic shock absorbers with adjustable preload with 4 settings|
|Front Brake||Hydraulically operated 220 mm stainless steel disc|
|Rear brake||Hydraulically operated 220 mm stainless steel disc|
|2-channel ABS system|
|Front tyre||Tubeless 120/70 – 12″|
|Rear tyre||Tubeless 130/70 – 12″|
|Saddle height||790 mm|
|Fuel tank capacity||7 litres|
|Emissions compliance||Euro 4|