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An engine displacing just 150 cubic centimeters is bound to be pretty fuel efficient, right? Still, improvements can always be found in the good old internal combustion engine, and we have to hand it to classic Italian scooter maker Vespa for finding a way to squeeze a but more mileage from its single cylinder, four-stroke mill.

Vespa's new Eco-Smart fuel injected engine will be standard in the company's 2011 S, LX and LXV 150 models, using 15 percent less fuel than the 2010 editions. In addition to providing 85 miles per gallon, Vespa says that its new powerplant offers a smoother powerband for stop-and-go riding. Fortunately, the increase in efficiency hasn't had an adverse effect on performance. Vespa's 2011 150cc models can each hit a top speed of about 60 miles per hour, just like before. Hit the jump for the complete press release.

[Source: Vespa]



2011 Vespa S, LX and LXV 150 models sip 15 percent less fuel than prior generation

NEW YORK, April 1, 2010 – Italian manufacturer Piaggio, recognized for ground-breaking technology and legendary style, has equipped its 2011 Vespa S 150, LX 150 and LXV 150 models with new 150cc electronic fuel-injected engines that are even more miserly at the gas pump than the previous generation. Consuming 15 percent less fuel than its predecessor, the new powerplant wrings up to 85 miles out of each gallon of gas, all the while delivering an endless supply of fun and riding thrills. In addition, the new engine design also provides stronger, smoother acceleration in stop-and-go traffic, an especially important performance trait for metro commuters.

Green Isn't a Trend – It's a Commitment

While fuel price peaks and valleys have introduced thousands of consumers to the benefits of scooter ownership, choosing to swap some driving miles for riding miles isn't just a trend when gas costs spike. For environmentally conscious consumers, it's a lifelong commitment. The addition of the new 150cc injected engine family within the popular mid-range category adds even more reasons for consumers devoted to reducing fuel consumption, carbon emissions and congestion to make the switch to two wheels.

The electronic fuel injection system on the new 150cc injected engine ensures the air and fuel mixture in the combustion chamber is optimized at all times and allows the single cylinder unit to pick up more smoothly and progressively from lower engine speeds. As a result, riders enjoy strong and smooth power delivery, especially in the relentless stop-start conditions of urban riding. The benefits of the new engines can also be appreciated on longer journeys where extended stretches of roadway come into play. And, owners who want a fast getaway will notice improved cold-starts, thanks to fuel injection.

Strong, clean and well-mannered at any speed, the 150cc i.e. equipped Vespa models are capable of zooming up to 60 mph. The unique, steel unibody Vespa frame provides greater rigidity and a more stable ride, while the superior trailing link suspension is designed to better handle potholes and other hazardous conditions. The front-disc braking system allows riders to safely make sudden stops on a dime, which is great for cities where traffic rules the road.

"Vespas are one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to contribute toward a cleaner, greener transportation landscape, and our new fuel-injected 150cc engine range makes it even simpler," said Paolo Timoni, CEO of Piaggio USA. "Mid-scooters like the Vespa S 150 i.e., LX 150 i.e. and LXV 150 i.e. are tailor-made for confident urban commuting, and a 15 percent increase in fuel-efficiency is yet another great reason to add a scooter to your garage this Spring."

Vespa has been and continues to be synonymous with fuel-efficiency and performance in North America and Europe. The new 150cc i.e. family upgrades the most popular models into a powerful league of their own, without compromising the long list of premium features. The manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) for Vespa 150 i.e. models starts at $4,399 for the 2011 Vespa S 150 i.e. For more information, visit www.vespausa.com.

About The Piaggio Group

Established in 1884 by Rinaldo Piaggio, and based out of Pontedera in Pisa, Italy; the Piaggio Group is one of the world's top manufacturers of two-wheel motor vehicles. With more than 7,000 employees, an annual production of more than 610,000 vehicles in 2009, five R&D centers, seven production facilities in Europe and Asia and operations in more than 50 countries - the Piaggio Group has a consolidated leadership in the European two-wheeler market. The company produces scooters, motorcycles and mopeds in the 50cc to 1,200cc displacement range, marketed under the Piaggio, Vespa, Gilera, Derbi, Aprilia, Scarabeo and Moto Guzzi brands. The Group also manufactures three- and four-wheel light transportation vehicles for the Ape, Porter and Quargo ranges

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Any one tried putting that engine in a velomobile? Been wondering what kind of performance (mpg) you could get with a much lower cda.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Still waiting for the Piaggio MP3 hybrid to drop in price ;)
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm still holding out for the DI VVT 125mpg scooters ;p

      Friggin' guzzlers... hehe
        • 3 Months Ago
        Vespa are not just substance - but STYLE as well - and HOW u look is just as important as WHAT ur performance is - Doubt me? - take note: the Prius looks "weird" cuz its owners WANT to look different - even if that difference is japanese-weird-cool-different! So, if ANY scooter maker wants sales, then that company must be cool, or stylish, or mod, or different - and also be efficient, of course - but ugly? no, that won't work!
      • 5 Years Ago
      60mph for a Vespa is plenty! No one needs to go faster on a scooter anyway.
        • 3 Months Ago
        My scooter frequently hits 65-75mph for passing or light interstate travel. It's a 250cc and NOT a vespa.

        A 250cc is a perfect size for almost any use/need. I still average over 70mpg and can jump on the highways and keep pace if I need.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm 'Just Saying No' to gasoline powered Vespas. I'm allergic to Big Oil, Benzene, and costly maintenance! Why not do an Consumer Reports type article on 2010 model year feet in front electric motorscooters? PGO and Elecscoot have models with hot swappable batteries. Similar to having an extra charged battery for a Neuton cordless electric mower, one could have extra batteries for electric scooters extending range. WikiPik.org has an interesting interactive chart with details on 38 electric scooters.



        • 3 Months Ago
        correction... electric technology in scooters is really depressing ( not in terms of cars )
        • 3 Months Ago
        I think the main problem with electric scooters is that people want cheap scooters.

        The only cheap electric scooter is an unreliable POS Lead acid one that needs battery replacement in 2 years & is shady otherwise.

        No major manufacturer makes an affordable lithium scooter either.. from what i've heard, they suffer the same long term reliability issues. And they're pricey. You just don't get what you pay for. You could buy two used cars at that price, or a house in detroit.. :P

        That comparison chart doesn't look good as most scooters are getting 1/2 the stated range or less.

        IMHO, electric technology is really depressing right now. I hope the situation improves.
        • 3 Months Ago