Springtime for Piaggio *updated
EICMA kinda snuck up on me this year. While I can’t be there, our amici at Motoblog.it are on the spot for media days today and Tuesday, when the majority of press conferences will take place. Piaggio Group’s press conference is one of those, but today Motoblog reported an interesting bit of Vespa news (in Italian).
That would be the 2014 Vespa Primavera pictured above. It will be available in 2- and 4-stroke 50cc versions, along with Piaggio’s corporate 4-stroke, 3-valve 125/150 (expect the 150 in North America).
Look carefully at the pic. Notice the rear quarter panels, which now have a subtle concave lip. Notice the LX’s plastic trim piece below the rear quarter panel is gone. Notice the different shape of the taillights and the turn signals.
This was the only available shot of the front; you’ll notice it looks rather 946-ey… the legshield is kinked, instead of smoothly curved like the LX’s; the turn signal/running lights are slimmer, and there’s a 946-esque horncast. No surprise there—when rolled out as a concept two years ago, Piaggio called the 946 a “design study.” Check out this slide show, where an intrepid spy captured heavily-disguised prototype scooters that have similar styling cues, but look bigger than an LX. A new GTS, perhaps? We’re due for one, soon, just as the LX, which was introduced for model year 2006, is on schedule to be replaced.
Europe will get the Primavera first, of course. Stay tuned—this post will be updated as more information comes to light.
UPDATE, November 5, 2013: There’s now a Primavera section on Vespa’s worldwide website, which you can see by clicking right here. As with the other models, the Primavera section is long on high-res images and florid prose, but short on details like specifications (even though there’s a configurator). The big news: I guessed wrong. While the wheels are indeed the same diameter at both ends, they are 11-inchers (2.5″ wide in front, 2.75″ or 3.00″ in the rear, depending on the engine). Why they went with such an odd size, they don’t say. Your selection of replacement tires will most likely be very limited. Tires are tubeless, 110/70-11 up front and 120/70-11 in the rear.
No on-sale dates have been announced. Yet.