Vespa announced the arrival of three lifestyle scooters for the Philippine market at the De Jesus Oval Park in Fort Bonifacio Global City. These were the Primavera 150, Sprint 150 and Vespa S 125. The Primavera and Sprint were launched last year at the same venue. This year, the S 125 joins the lineup.
Vespa has achieved Euro 4 compliance for its 125cc and 150cc engines, manifested in Piaggio's new range of i-Get motors. The i-Get's updated technology claims a smoother, quieter, and more efficient ride — care of modernized technology, 3-valve heads (3V), a heavier crankshaft, and an ECU barometric sensor for optimal combustion among other new components.
The Vespa Primavera 150 gets its go from a Euro 4-compliant, air-cooled 154.8cc single-cylinder engine that makes 13 PS at 7,750 rpm and 12.8 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm. The power plant is mated to an automatic CVT utilizing a centrifugal dry clutch. Rear suspension is taken care of by a single-sided swingarm and a mono shock with a preload-adjustable spring; front suspension uses a single arm with a mono shock. A 200mm single disc stops the Primavera's front, while a 140mm hydraulic drum brake slows its rear. The modern-classic scooter rides on 11-inch tubeless tires on aluminum wheels. ABS comes standard, fuel capacity measures at 8L, and the scooter's seat height measures at 780 mm. Local pricing for the Primavera 150 starts at ₱175,000 PHP.
The Vespa Sprint 150 is more or less the same scooter as the Primavera 150 (3V with ABS) except for styling differences marketed more towards the young. Instead, the Sprint gets a square headlight and larger 12-inch wheels. Local pricing starts at ₱195,000 PHP.
The Vespa S 125 sticks to the Euro 3-compliant i-Get engine — an air-cooled 124.5cc thumper producing 11.5 PS at 8,250 rpm and 10.7 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm. ABS comes standard and the S 125 rides on 11-inch wheels. It gets sporty markings, a rectangular headlight, a seat with white piping, and a popping red spring for its front mono shock. A 200mm disc stops the front, while a 110mm mechanically-controlled drum brake slows the rear. Fuel capacity measures at 8.3L, and the scooter's seat height measures at 785 mm. The Vespa S 125 is priced locally at ₱125,000 PHP.
The launch brandished a new, regional marketing slogan, 'Not For Everyone', to communicate the idea of an upscale, Euro-style niche.
To capture the bright and preppy branding of the Italian scooter brand, the event was held outdoors on a breezy afternoon. Picnic tables and colorful displays were arranged on the grass, while a trampoline and balloon dart board were set up for kid-friendly fun. Performers on stilts and even a street magician prowled the grounds to entertain guests for a fair-like feel.