Presumably because of the number of leaked images that have appeared on the internet of the new forthcoming Vespa Primavera, such as here on Scooternova (all originating from Spain it seems), Piaggio have taken the unusual step of sending out official images of the new scooter themselves.
So here it is in all it’s glory, well the first action photo at least;
Based on the limited edition Vespa 946, the new Primavera appears a tamed down version of the limited edition scooter, unfortunately. Still, that was to be expected I suppose. It is also a far more practical scooter with a full seat for two, larger (than the old LX) under seat storage capacity, is made of steel rather than aluminium, and of course mass produced rather than hand-finished.
the 125 and 150cc versions will feature 11 wheels, the same 3-valve, air-cooled 4-stroke twist-n-go engine as the latest Vespa LX scooters, and there will also be two 50cc versions too, with either a 2-stroke or 4-stroke engine. The Primavera also features new engine mount design and new front suspension to improve handing and offer a smoother ride.
Although at first glance the new Primavera doesn’t appear too different to the Vespa LX it will be replacing, I’m sure it will stand out when the two are parked together in a showroom.
While it is always nice to see a new Vespa scooter launched, I still recall and love the original Primavera of the 70s and am not convinced that this new scooter does it as much justice as it could have done.
That said, if it excites commuters and keeps the Vespa a regular sight on our streets and Piaggio in business, well that’s good enough I suppose.
Prices and further details will be announced at the Milan Show on 5 November.