NEW VESPA GTS AND GTS SUPER
The technological advancement of the new Vespa GTS is spectacular – the largest and most powerful member of the Vespa family – which sets new standards in safety and electronic riding support equipment:
- New front ESS suspension
- 2-channel ABS braking system
- ASR traction control
- Vespa Multimedia Platform to connect your smartphone to your Vespa
Created in 2003 with the arrival of the Vespa GT125 and 200, the family of large Vespas then evolved beginning in 2005 with the arrival of the GTS version and engine capacities up to 300 cc.
The large, convenient, comfortable, extraordinarily protective Vespa GTS combines its elegantly urban and city spirit with the travel and tourism vocation which large Vespas have always embodied. From the GS in 1955 to the PX 200 in 1978, touching on the Vespa Rally in 1968, the largest Vespas have always combined excellent performance and comfort, even on the longest and most demanding routes.
Now the Vespa GTS is new and improved with the adoption of the most advanced technological electronic riding support systems.
Vespa therefore reaffirms its technological cutting-edge which has always marked its past and introduces one of the most modern, advanced and safest vehicles in the world.
The sportiest Vespa range ever evolves, achieving new standards in safety, technology, comfort and painstakingly detailed finishings. The large body version of Vespa, the timeless two-wheeled icon which has for some time now been the undisputed ambassador of Italian design to the world, now has a new and more spacious helmet compartment, a more comfortable saddle and a latest generation instrument cluster.
For the first time on the Vespa GTS the sophisticated Multimedia Platform is available that allows a smartphone to be connected to the on board electronic system, transforming it into a multi-functional tool, an real and sophisticated computer capable of simultaneously displaying information such as speedometer and tachometer data, but also engine power and torque, longitudinal acceleration, instant and average fuel consumption, average speed, battery voltage and much more. Using the smartphone connected to the Vespa Multimedia Platform you can also view maps and routes, as well as identifying points of interest such as petrol stations and service centres. The tyre condition monitoring feature (available only for the ABS/ASR versions) takes synergistic advantage of the vehicle and smartphone sensors to monitor tyre wear and inflation, immediately alerting the rider of any potentially critical situations. The general analysis feature monitors vehicle condition.
The Vespa style.
The Vespa GTS evolution follows the trend of tradition, maintaining that magical balance between sporty and modern lines for the body, made strictly in steel, and references to Vespa tradition, capable of earning the approval of a truly transversal and varied public anywhere in the world. The new Vespa GTS and Vespa GTS Super range maintains those characteristic distinctive large body Vespa traits but also has several important aesthetic updates established by the Piaggio Group Style Centre, the workroom located in the historic Pontedera plant where Vespa shapes have always been conceived, including the prestigious Vespa 946, the elegant Vespa Primavera and the youthful Vespa Sprint. The new Vespa GTS and Vespa GTS Super range benefits precisely from the study and research conducted on latest generation Vespas, introducing highly prestigious stylistic innovations.
Vespa GTS and Vespa GTS Super earn a new “tie” on the front shield with a more modern design, in harmony with the one on the recent Vespa Primavera, front and rear turn indicators characterised by new clear plastics and a brand new rear light assembly elegantly adorned by a chromium frame which recalls the finish of the crest on the front mudguard and, on the Vespa GTS, the chromium of the ultra-convenient luggage rack, explicitly reminiscent of the sixties era Vespas. In addition to a dedicated range of colours, the Vespa GTS Super has various specific details such as five-spoke wheel rims with new black finishing, a different moulding on the front mudguard, the different style “tie” on the shield and of course the traditional red front suspension spring. For both Vespa GTS versions the footboard central tunnel cover is new, enriched by the Vespa logo. The visual flow of the modern and decisive lines of the cowls, the round and sloping front headlight, the fold-out passenger footrests are characteristics which remain intact on the new GTS Vespa range, making it unique, as always.
Its perfect ergonomics and natural seating have always contributed to making every Vespa comfortable, pleasant to ride and accessible to all. The new saddle on the Vespa GTS and Vespa GTS Super provides superior comfort thanks to the new padding and different covering. The Vespa GTS Super saddle also provides a white line finishing that runs along the edge, another feature which is clearly reminiscent of the traditional Vespa sporty saddles.
The helmet compartment has been entirely redesigned to take maximum advantage of the available space, now able to hold two demi-jet Vespa helmets and more. To further increase the cargo capacity in the new Vespa GTS and GTS Super range there is a compartment in the leg shield back plate, ideal for keeping smaller objects handy such as glasses, documents and mobile phones, as well as the convenient bag hook on the upper part of the leg shield back plate. On the Vespa GTS you can also count on the convenient and sturdy support provided by the rear luggage rack, catering to touring use also guaranteed by the protective nature of the shield and the performance of the available 300 cc engine.
All models in the new Vespa GTS and Vespa GTS Super range come standard with a USB port located in the leg shield back plate compartment, convenient for recharging any external device, while the front turn indicators contain a series of LEDs that act as daylight running lights. The trapezoid-shaped digital instrumentation is completely new: characterised by its compact size, but also by the extremely exhaustive information provided, it is made up of a classic speedometer and a small multi-functional digital area surrounded by six service indicator lights. The information provided includes the fuel level, time and two partial odometers. The Vespa GTS instrument panel has a light background and blue backlighting; the one on the Vespa GTS Super has a black background and is lit up by a sportier red shade.
The new Vespa GTS and Vespa GTS Super range are compatible with the Vespa Multimedia Platform (VMP), the innovative platform which introduces a new way of understanding two-wheeled communication. When a Smartphone with one of the most common operating systems is connected to the on board electronic system VMP transforms it into a real and sophisticated computer which is capable of providing the rider with various information both on the condition of the vehicle and on the route travelled. This allows the rider to use the smartphone’s touchscreen to keep constant tabs on all riding parameters and to handle both city traffic and longer trips in complete safety.
One of the many features provided by pairing your smartphone with your Vespa is the parked Vespa finder, certain to be popular with more distracted riders. In fact, the system automatically remembers the vehicle’s last position before the engine was switched off, thereby helping you find your Vespa if you forget where you left it. This can be quite convenient when parking, for example, in an unfamiliar city. You can also store all of your travel data in order to easily analyse your riding style through the numerous parameters acquired in real time during your trip.
New safety features.
For the first time, Vespa GTS and Vespa GTS Super adopt important technical advancements in terms of safety and comfort. The Piaggio Group holds patents on the best technology currently available, thanks in part to the experience gained by its motorcycle brands at top levels. The Piaggio Group was the first company in the world to introduce electronic systems on scooters which were once available only on the best motorcycles, such as ASR and ABS, two active safety systems which are now also available on the Vespa GTS and Vespa GTS Super range.
Each wheel has a revolution detection system – a sensor and a tone wheel – which instantly reads the speed and deceleration of the wheel with respect to that of the vehicle. The sensors dialogue with a 2-channel hydraulic control unit which activates the ABS system if one of the two wheels decelerates abruptly with respect to the vehicle, avoiding locking and ensuring stability and efficient braking even on road surfaces with a low friction coefficient.
The ASR system uses the electronics and the ABS sensors to compare the rotation speed of the two wheels. When the sensors detect excessive speed on the rear wheel compared to the front, the ECU intervenes (first on the advance and then, if necessary, on injection as well) to prevent slipping and avoid losing control of the vehicle.
The technical equipment on the Vespa GTS and Vespa GTS Super includes the adoption of a new ESS front suspension, already introduced successfully on the Vespa Primavera and Vespa Sprint. While still maintaining the classic single arm driven pivot suspension on the front, typical of Vespa traditions, the new Vespa GTS and Vespa GTS Super range adopts a completely redesigned system capable of cutting sliding friction in half. The shock absorber is now fixed to the trailing arm with a hinged pin whereas it was previously bolted on rigidly. By increasing suspension slide, riding comfort is increased, as well as the ability to absorb bumps on the road which the rider does not feel, ensuring a perfectly fluid, relaxing and safe ride.
Technology, the uniqueness of Vespa.
The new Vespa GTS and Vespa GTS Super range is conceived on the reliable, tried and true technical foundation of the previous series. The body, as has always been the case for Vespa from 1946 to the present, is made strictly in steel and provides incomparable sturdiness, in addition to safety features and truly unique dynamic performance. The result is a particularly brilliant ride both in city traffic and on country roads: a mix of thrilling handling and reassuring stability, partly to the credit of wide tyres mounted on 12 inch diameter rims. The dual disc braking system ensures ever-ready decelerating power even in sport use, with modularity that puts even beginners at ease.
Vespa GTS and Vespa GTS Super are available with a 300 cc, single cylinder 4-stroke, 4 valve, liquid cooled with electronic injection engine capable of providing maximum power of 22 HP at 7,500 rpm and putting out a maximum torque of 22.3 Nm at just 5,000 rpm. These are values which guarantee the quick throttle response and extremely brilliant performance, making the new large body Vespas ideal vehicles both in city traffic and for touring, even at long range, in total comfort, whether alone or with a passenger.
Vespa GTS Super is also available with a 125 cc engine, ideal for riders with only a category B driver’s license. The first 125 Vespa engine dates all the way back to 1948: it powered the models which were immortalised by the film Roman Holiday, ridden by Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. Naturally, more than 60 years later, engine technology has advanced exponentially. The single cylinder 125 engine that powers the new Vespa GTS Super is a modern powerplant with electronic injection, 4-stroke with 4-valve distribution capable of ensuring extraordinary ease of riding which also reduces maintenance costs, providing service intervals lengthened to 10,000 km.
The new Vespa GTS and Vespa GTS Super are available in a range of colours dedicated to each of the two versions.
Vespa GTS 300 is available in Nero Vulcano, Blu Midnight and Grigio Dolomiti colour schemes (all matched to a beige saddle).
Vespa GTS Super 125 and 300 are available in Nero Lucido, Montebianco, Rosso Dragon and Blu Gaiola, all four matched to a black saddle.
VESPA GTS AND GTS SUPER ACCESSORIES.
As always in Vespa tradition, the new GTS range also has a wide range of accessories so you can personalise your vehicle and increase comfort and functionality.
Great attention to functionality and aesthetics.
The top box, large enough for a flip up helmet, is painted to match the body and fitted with a padded backrest to optimise passenger comfort. The top box is made for use on the chromium mounting, standard on the Vespa GTS and available for purchase as an accessory for the sportier GTS Sport.
The front and rear chromium plated luggage racks are some of the most popular accessories that strongly denote the personality and long standing Vespa traveller tradition.
And speaking of chromium plated accessories, let’s not forget the side kit which guarantees maximum protection for your Vespa and ensures a bold aesthetic personalisation.
On board protection is guaranteed by the windshield in impact resistant, chip resistant metacrylate and the high quality clear top fairing with its compact and sporty lines. The leg cover made of thermal material, easy to install, also guarantees riding comfort in any season of the year. The set of accessories is completed by the mechanical anti-theft system, the electronic anti-theft system, the top box internal bag, the luggage rack straps, and the elegant “Country & Leisure” plaid.
On board technology.
One of the most characteristic and highest technology accessories is the Vespa Multimedia Platform which allows the rider to place his or her smartphone in communication with the Vespa GTS.
Using a dedicated App the Smartphone can display all the vehicle status information (through the on board diagnostics), as well as riding and travel information. This means that VMP technology allows the rider to optimise vehicle use when riding in city and country traffic, enhancing the travel experience.