Offering up more legroom, space, and features compared to their standard offerings, Vespa took the wraps off its new GTS line of scooters. The GTS line traces its roots to the GS of 1955, to the PX of 1978. The GTS inherits the legacy of the legendary “Vespone”, as the biggest body – strictly in steel – a Vespa has always been called. Debuting in 2003 with the GT125 and 200, the GTS first arrived in 2005 with the GTS 250.
Like its predecessors, the GTS still preserves the characteristic and distinct traits of the large-body Vespa, but it includes numerous and important stylistic updates. The GTS bears an ornament on the front fender, and chrome framed front and rear turning lights.
New to the model line is a standard USB port located inside the leg shield compartment. New LEDs in the front turn lights act as day running lights. It also boasts of a spacious helmet compartment, more comfortable seating position and the latest generation instrumentation.
It comes with convenience features like a drawer in the leg shield back plate for keeping smaller items such as glasses, documents, and a mobile phone. There’s also a handy bag hook, in the upper part of the leg shield back plate.
Powering the GTS is a new line of i-GET (Italian Green Engine Technology) engines with liquid cooling, electronic fuel injection, four-valve timing, and, for the first time on a Vespa, the “Start and Stop” system. They’re offered in two engine sizes: 125 and 150 cc.
Besides the new i-GET engine is also the popular 300 cc Quasar engine that produces 21.2-HP and 22-Nm. Reigning in this power is the new ASR electronic traction control system (for the GTS 300 version), which ensures both the front and rear wheels are traveling at the same speed, and prevents wheel spin.
Nonetheless, those opting for the other GTS versions will find the following features now standard on all models of the Vespa GTS line: ABS, anti-lock braking system, remote opening of the saddle, and a Bike Finder feature.
The GTS Super is available in four colours: Nero Vulcano, Rosso Matt, Monte Bianco, Verde Speranza (new colour) on the GTS125 and 150; and four colours: Monte Bianco, Grigio Titanio, Verde Speranza (new colour), Giallo Gelosia (new color) on the GTS 300.
The choices don’t end there as, in true Vespa tradition, the new GTS line also has a wide range of accessories to customize the vehicle and increase its level of comfort and functionality.