Report: Production Quarantasei/946 to debut at EICMA 2012
UPDATE, November 8, 2012: Hey everybody, it DID. Click right here to see.
Start saving your pennies, folks. Scooter-station.com reports Piaggio will roll out the production version of its Vespa Quarantasei (46) concept at EICMA 2012 in Milan, Italy. (En Français, cliquez ici; for English, click here.)
You’ll recall the concept debuted at EICMA 2011 to raves and swoons all over the world. The production scoot (no word on a name just yet) will be powered by the 3-valve 125/150 engine it debuted with, which also powers the recently-introduced 2013 Vespa LX.
Scooter-station sez the new bike will go on sale in calendar year 2013. That could mean late enough to be a 2014 model, which would confirm the speculation about a Quarantasei-inspired scooter being a replacement for the LX, which was introduced in late 2005.
Of course, the journey to production will not result in an exact duplication of the concept. I’d say the cantilever seat will be the first thing to go; the rump will likely grow to accommodate underseat storage (NO PETS) and, uh, suspension travel. And while I personally like the 12-inch wheel idea, don’t be surprised if the 11″ front/10″ rear configuration carries over. The concept is a design study, after all.
EICMA 2012 happens November 15-18. If any new info is revealed in the meantime, I’ll let you know.