Vespa GTS Super Tech 300 HPE
In 2019 the Vespa GTS range has evolved further with significant upgrades in styling which now form the basis for the all new GTS Super Tech 300 HPE, which will be available in Nero Volcano (Matt Black) and Grigio Materia (Gloss Grey). This new high-tech Vespa scooter lands in Australia this October at $11,790 ride away.
The Vespa GTS Super Tech takes the flagship role in the Vespa range through new technology not seen previously on Vespa models. Plus this is the first Vespa model in the Australian market to feature the new 300 HPE engine platform.
Style & Design
Aesthetically the Vespa GTS Super Tech 300 HPE is characterised by wheel rims finished in gloss black with yellow highlights. The yellow finish extends to the front shock spring and compliment with the new Matt Black Volcano and Gloss Grey Materia colours. The seat features new fabric surface cover with dual-colour stitching.
The new GTS Super Tech 300 HPE takes the lead as the Vespa “tech setter” through a fully digital instrument cluster with 4.3″ full colour TFT display. The new TFT panel, in brilliant colour, features speed, tripmeter functions, ambient temperature and fuel level. The TFT also extends to a new smart phone connectivity system called Vespa MIA (MY VESPA) .
At the rear, the Super Tech styling also features a new transmission cover and newly designed silencer cover.
The ergonomics and natural seat position have always contributed to making every Vespa comfortable and pleasant to ride. The new Vespa GTS Super Tech further highlights the ethos of travelling which large Vespas have always embodied, offering a new saddle for greater comfort for both rider and passenger.
The under-seat compartment makes optimal use of the available space and can accommodate two demi-jet helmets and more. Additional load capacity is granted by the glove box with USB port located inside.
As is the case for every Vespa produced between 1946 and today, the body of the Vespa GTS is made of steel and offers unrivalled robust strength.
The GTS Super Tech 300 HPE rides on wide section tyres fitted on 12-inch rims.
The double-disc braking system ensures prompt deceleration backed by the electronic safety systems on the Super Tech with ASR and ABS.
300 HPE Engine
The new GTS Super Tech is equipped with the latest evolution of the 300cc four-stroke, four-valve single-cylinder engine, liquid-cooled and with electronic injection now designated HPE.
The HPE benefits from numerous improvements increasing performance and rideability, while reducing fuel consumption and noise levels. HPE is the most powerful engine ever fitted to a Vespa with optimised thermodynamic performance and reduced friction; all without impacting on visible size, which is contained to similar dimensions to the previous unit.
The cylinder head is an all new casting, with totally redesigned internal components, the ports feature new geometry and larger diameter as do the intake and exhaust valves with diameter increasing by 3mm. The adoption of new piston technology, particularly in terms of its head shape, has resulted in a highly efficient combustion chamber.
The single camshaft system with overhead valves is all new, rockers are now equipped with roller tappets rather than sliders for increased fluidity and durability, reducing mechanical loss. Camshaft profiles have also been reshaped to obtain optimum valve lift profiles, which in turn reduces engine noise.
The introduction of a new high-pressure multi-jet injector matched to optimised intake lengths improves combustion thereby delivering higher torque at lower RPM to ensure smoother, faster speed transitions to suit any traffic condition. The new iridium spark plug ensures greater durability to maintain optimised combustion.
In the transmission the HPE engine features improvements to match the performance through a higher durability design CVT belt and new materials used in the transmission design to reduce friction and noise. A new cover features sound absorbing material for a reduction in mechanical noise. The transmission is also aided by a new and more rigid clutch drum.
The engine is controlled by latest-generation Magneti Marelli MIUG4 ECU, equipped with greater calculation capacity, it contributes to improving overall engine efficiency and allows for the engine to be started practically instantaneously after just two rotations of the crankshaft. These advancements mean the HPE already conforms with future Euro 5 standards.
Vespa MIA (MY Vespa)
The Vespa MIA connectivity system allows you to connect your smartphone to the on-board electronic system of the Vespa GTS via Bluetooth.
Vespa MIA and the new Vespa App are specifically designed to connect iOS or Android mobile devices. Once a smartphone is connected to the Vespa GTS Super Tech, associating the phone via the dedicated Vespa App available for download in the App Store or Google Play, the TFT display will show all notifications regarding incoming calls and messages in the centre of the screen. The system also allows for the management of calls, thanks to the practical joystick located on the left-hand control block and the use of smartphone voice commands when making calls or reproducing music with the activation of a playlist.
The display also serves as a navigation tool, accompanying the rider on a pre-set route set up on the Vespa App, with directions and pictograms. The app is an exceptional source of useful information regarding vehicle status, riding parameters and travel statistics which can be viewed on the smartphone. The VESPA MIA technology optimises Vespa GTS usage whether riding in an urban or non-urban environment, thus enhancing the travel experience.
In line with Vespa tradition, the new GTS Super Tech features a wide range of accessories with which to personalise the vehicle and increase comfort and functionality are available at as optional extras.
The top case, which can accommodate a full-face helmet or two jet helmets, is colour matched to two Vespa HPE bike colours, Matt Back Volcano and Gloss Grigio Materia. The top box kit comes complete with a padded back rest to optimise passenger comfort.
Wind and weather protection for rider and pillion can be enhanced with a range of screens finished in methacrylate impact and splinter resistant methacrylate featuring high-quality transparent or tinted design. A thermal leg cover is to install and offers year-round riding comfort. An anti-slip, waterproof footboard mat, outdoor and indoor vehicle covers, a mechanical anti-theft system, inner top box bag, luggage straps and a smartphone bracket are also available through authorised dealers at additional cost.
2019 Vespa GTS Super Tech 300 Specifications
|Engine type||HPE single cylinder, 4 stroke, 4 valve|
|Fueling||New Electronic Injection|
|Bore & Stroke||75 mm x 63 mm|
|Max. Power||17.5 kW @ 8,250 rpm (23.5hp)|
|Max. Torque||26 Nm @ 5,250 rpm|
|Cooling system||Liquid cooling|
|Transmission||CVT with torque server|
|Front suspension||Single-arm with coil spring and single shock absorber|
|Rear suspension||Double hydraulic shock absorber with preload adjustable on 4 positions|
|Front Wheel||Die-cast aluminum alloy 3.00×12″ – Tubeless 120/70-12″|
|Rear Wheel||Die-cast aluminum alloy 3.00×12″ – Tubeless 130/70-12″|
|Brake system||ABS 2 channels + ASR|
|Front brake||Stainless steel disc, Ø 220 mm with hydraulic control – ABS|
|Rear brake||Stainless steel disc, Ø 220 mm with hydraulic control – ABS|
|Wheel base||1,375 mm|
|Fuel capacity||8.5 (± 0.5) liter|
|RRP||$11,790 ride away|