Vespa has expanded its US portfolio with the launch of two limited speed models, the Primavera and the Sprint. Both scooters use the same 50 cc engine that delivers a top speed of 30 mph or 48 km/h. The Primavera is priced at USD 3,999 (INR 2.84 lakh), while the Sprint retails at USD 4,099 (INR 2.91 lakh).
In terms of styling, both scooters carry retro looks. However, while the Primavera gets a round headlight, the Sprint uses a rectangular unit. The Primavera also gets a chrome garnish on the front fender, while the Sprint misses the styling feature. Moreover, the alloy wheel design is different on both models too. The body panels, on the other hand, look identical on both the scooters. Chrome trimmings across various parts such as headlight mask, front apron borders, mirror housing and the exhaust heat shield enhance the retro looks of the Vespa scooters.
The Primavera is available in five paint options – Bianco Innocenza, Nero Vulcano, Rosso Passione, Blu Energia, and Verde Relax. The Sprint can be purchased in four choices - Bianco Innocenza, Nero Vulcano, Rosso Passione, Giallo Estate.
While the scooters carry a lower displacement and a limited top speed, they still benefit from premium features such as front disc brake to perform the anchoring tasks. A 3.2 HP 49 cc single-cylinder, air-cooled engine is linked to a CVT. The claimed fuel economy stands at 34.4 km/l, which translates into a 275 km range with the 8-litre tank.
The vehicles do not require a separate two-wheeler license in select regions of the US, and it can be used by regular driving license holders in 16 states. The list of states includes (in alphabetical order):
- New Hampshire
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- Rhode Island
- South Dakota
Back home, Piaggio has increased the prices of the Vespa and the Aprilia range of scooters. The Vespa range has received a price hike in the range of INR 1,034 to INR 2,724 while the Aprilia products have gotten expensive by INR 1,033 to INR 1,674 – over the previous ex-showroom Bangalore prices. The company is also offering benefits worth INR 10,000 on Vespa and Aprilia scooters, which will ease some effects of the recent increase.
Converted prices as per currency rate on 20 September 2019