There’s certainly been plenty of excitement about the scooters and of course the big question on everyone’s lips has been the retail price. How expensive (or cheap) will they be?With production of the air-cooled 50cc and 125cc 4-stroke versions of the range planned to be in China, Scomadi have suggested that the 50 will hopefully retail at around £1800 while the 125 will be over £2000. However, these prices are still up in the air. Scomadi have recently stated on their Facebook page, “We are currently working on improving some of the design detail features before carrying out more tests and giving the thumbs up for production. If all goes to plan we should see deliveries for early spring.”
We also understand that specification and supply of the 125cc engine has not been finalised yet either, which of course will also affect the price, as understandably a higher spec Euro-designed motor will cost more than an off-the-shelf older design engine as used in many Chinese scooters today.
Regarding the 300cc version, the plan is to use a Piaggio engine and with final assembly of that model expected to be in Europe, possibly the UK, it will be priced similarly to the Vespa GTS. However the deal for supply of the Piaggio engine is still being negotiated so the production version of the Scomadi 300 is likely to be to the final model in the range to arrive.
As for arrival dates of the 50 and 125cc scooters, we reckon around summer 2014 if we’re lucky. As keen as we all are to see these scooters on the market, the reality is that new vehicles can take two to four years to go from concept through prototype and then arrive in a showroom near you. Still, at least it gives plenty of time to save up those pennies…
STOP PRESS Scomadi prototype undergoes testing in UK HERE.