Springtime for Piaggio, part deux
While important details about the 2014 Vespa Primavera have yet to be revealed (MSRP, on-sale dates, that sort of thing), Piaggio has released a whole bunch of pictures.
As you can see, the familial resemblance to the 946 is no accident.
Notice the headlight is much smaller than the LX’s, though it’s not an LED unit.
I can just about guarantee those turn-signal lights are too close together for North America. Bummer. There will probably be conversion kits, however.
The instrument cluster is clean and modern.
Plan on tacked-on turn-signal lights on the aft end, too. The 946’s are tacked on to the lights themselves, so if that’s the case here, putting them right should be easier.
The Primavera shares Piaggio’s 4-stroke, 3-valve 125/150cc engine with many other Piaggio Group scooters. Including the 946.
Last but not least, the pet-cooker offers ample underseat storage. Except for full-face helmets… unless you have a small head. I suspect the “NO PETS” labels will be in place when Primaveras arrive in North American dealers. You will notice the battery is no longer mounted here; it has moved to the floorboard.
All in all, the Primavera is not a radical departure from the LX, but a logical evolution. And naming it the Primavera is a good move on Piaggio’s part. Calling it the LXX would have been silly.