Vespa 946 intro
Here it is, folks. Unlike the concept rolled out at EICMA 2011, you can see things like mirrors, turn signals (Which being LEDs means they might be far enough apart for the U.S. market!) and cables. And a place to attach a number plate.
You’ll also notice a removable panel on the rear quarter, made necessary for engine access by the non-removable cantilever seat, a feature I thought surely would not make production.
In fact, the 946 is much, much closer to the concept than I thought it would be.
The only detail missing so far is a price. It’s apparent the 946 is NOT a replacement for the LX, but a “halo” scooter, something as much about attracting attention and getting people talking. Think Viper, New Beetle.
Update, November 13, 2012, 7:41 am PST: Today’s the day… Piaggio will introduce the 946 to the world at its EICMA press conference. You can now view a lavish Web site, which is long on Flash-animated photos and short on details like dimensions. And price. Stay tuned.
Update, November 13, 2012, 8:40 am PST:
Motoblog.it is on the spot with many photos (how’s your Italian?). To summarize: Color choices appear to be black with a gray seat or white with a red seat (yes, I know about the video of the yellow one, but that color is not on the Web site or in the press image gallery). The engine is indeed the 125cc 3V from the 2013 non-U.S. LX (which presumably will also be offered in 150cc guise where markets allow). The body is made (partially) of aluminum (you already knew that, right?).
The 946 is Piaggio Group’s only scooter intro; other bikes debuting at EICMA are the California 1400 by Moto Guzzi, and Aprilia’s Caponord 1200 and RSV4 ABS.
Update, November 15, 2012: A Vespa dealer in Canada says Piaggio has told them IF the 946 comes to North America, it won’t be until 2014. No word on MSRP, but it will be a 150. If it comes.
This post will be updated as new information becomes available.