It isn’t too tough to deny the fact that while the Piaggio Vespa LX125 automatic scooter grabbed a lot of eyeballs when it was first launched in the ever growing Indian scooter market, the decidedly cool retro styled scooter has failed to transform all that interest into sales. Much of this can be attributed to the high sticker price of the scoot. The Indian division of Italian bike maker did resort to price cuts towards the beginning of this year but unfortunately, sales haven’t yet picked up.
While the Piaggio Vespa LX125 is now only a little dearer than other automatic scooters in its segments, it misses out on features like a front disc brake.
It seems like Piaggio India has now taken notice of it and has hence launched a new variant of the Vespa. Christened as the Vespa VX 125, the new scooter comes equipped with more equipment and will come with new paint options. The VX 125 comes equipped with a 200mm front disc brake, MRF Zapper tubeless tires, two new paint options (Vibrant Rosa and Metallic Green) and a new grab rail. The scooter also gets a beige seat option with Rosso Dragon and Midnight Blue paint options. (We can already picture a few Vespas with untidy looking seats).
Mechanically, the Vespa VX remains unchanged and continues to be powered by the same 125cc, four stroke, 3-valve single cylinder engine that has a max power output of 10.06PS@7,500rpm and peak torque of 10.6Nm@6,000rpm. The motor comes mated to a CVT transmission. The scooter features monocoque chassis and linked suspension at front and single-sided suspension at rear.
It will be interesting to see if the new variant, equipped with more features, would be able to endow the tasty looking scooter with better sales performance.
The new Vespa VX is priced at INR 71,380 (ex-showroom, Delhi). This means that the Vexpa VX 125 is only a little pricier than Vespa LX, which becomes the base model.