• May 15, 2006
The famous Vespa scooter you always see nauseatingly trendy characters tool around on in TV shows and movies was launched by Piaggio in 1946. Fifty years later the company is introducing the MP3, a three-wheeled scooter with two 12-inch donuts up front and one in the rear. Both front wheels tilt independently to provide extreme levels of stability for a little scooter and better braking thanks to the extra disc. You can forget about a kickstand too, as the MP3's tilt suspension can be locked and easily balance the scooter upright while parked or at stoplights. The system is designed to automatically unlock the tilt mechanisms again at speed. Power for the MP3 is provided by either a 125cc or 250cc four-stroke, liquid-cooled engine. Seems like the perfect piece of transport for the cramped cobblestone streets of Europe.

[Source: Italiaspeed]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      where do you put your bags when coming home from the mall??
      MotherLodeBeth
      • 8 Years Ago
      250cc model goes on sale in Italy next month, at a price of around 5,000 euros. The MP3 will be exported initially only in a 125 cc version. ~Beth
      BobboMax
      • 8 Years Ago
      Piaggio has had a three wheel scooter for almost as long as they've had the Vespa (Italian for wasp, presumably from the sound.) The three-wheeler is called the Apia (bee, presumably "worker bee".) It's endemic in Italy, used by tradesmen and for delivery by small shops like bakeries. It has an enclosed cab, FWIW, and would be compatible w/ handicapped or senior use, perhaps w/ adapted foot controls. Sadly, it's totally uncool, at least so far. But, with modern marketing, who knows? Personally, I'd never have pegged the Vespa as having any cool, but what do I know?
      William DiGiacomo
      • 8 Years Ago
      This looks like a very interesting. Where in the states will they be avilable and when. I live near Gainesville Fl. which would be an outstand market with all the college kids.
      TERRY PIERCE
      • 8 Years Ago
      SOUNDS LIKE THE PERFECT ANSWER TO THE LOS ANGELES GRIDLOCK TRAFFIC AND ONE HELL OF A GOOD WAY TO GET 75 MILES PER GALLON OR SO!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Awesome design concept. There will be a lot of people out there who will want these.
      Wingnut1958b2
      • 8 Years Ago
      What about "For those who CAN'T ride on two wheels"? Like the handicapped, for instance...
      RICHARD
      • 8 Years Ago
      BEST CAR (4 WHEELS) MY FOLKS EVER OWNED WAS A VESPA. 2 CYCLE AND 2 CYLINDER (YOU MIXED THE GAS AND OIL). GREAT LITTLE CAR. WE HAD IT IN THE EARLY 60'S AND IT GOT AROUND 60 MPG AND ONCE WE GOT IT TO 60MPH, DOWN HILL AND DOWN WIND. VESPA MAKES GOOD PRODUCTS AND I WOULD BE INTERESTED IN A SMALL CAR LIKE THE ONE BACK IN THE OLD DAYS.
      bellyjelly2
      • 8 Years Ago
      how much does it cost? can we drive those here in the states? i want one too!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I am for mass transportation, and instead of a car in every garage, every family should have a donkey in their backyard.
      Frank Burgisser
      • 8 Years Ago
      I lived in Italy after the war and I was one of the first owners
      of
      the 98cc Vespa. No rear suspension and boy it was hard on
      the
      derrier, but fun. Then I trade up to the 125cc. What a
      wonderfull
      ride and fun. After I graduated from High school my
      friend and I took
      a trip around Italy. It was the best
      transportation at that time. No
      licence plate was required. At one
      time I decided to drive it to
      Switzerland and my Vespa 125 was the
      first ever tagged in Florence,
      Italy.
      I am in the 80's now and
      driving a Lincoln, it is time to
      go back to a Vespa.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Cool idea, but have why have most designers forgotten about aesthetics? It could also look cool too.
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