Sunday, May 17, 2009

Scooter Resource -- Vespa S

Italian manufacturer Piaggio, renowned for revolutionary ideas in personal transportation, announces the debut of the 2009 Vespa S 50. This all-new addition to the company’s iconic scooter portfolio blends all the premium Vespa product benefits, such as Italian styling and the unique single-steel chassis, with a newly engineered four-stroke, four-valve SOHC engine. To develop the most powerful 50cc four-stroke available today, Vespa engineers minimized weight and maximized the power curve, creating a performance character that to-date has been exclusively associated with two-stroke technology. The new engine variant not only gives the Vespa S 50 a distinct performance edge in the 50cc category, but offers all the environmental benefits of modern four-stroke design.

Clean, Lean, and Ready to Twist and Go

All Vespa scooters retailed in the North American market have been equipped with fuel-efficient, clean-running four-stroke engines since 2001, but the new Vespa S 50 engine pushes the weight, power and efficiency equation to a
new benchmark. Handily out-accelerating every other scooter in the 50cc category, including two-stroke equipped competitors, the Vespa S 50 is the scooter to own when performance, not size, matters. To boost output even more, engineers shaved weight wherever possible, including lightening the valve clearance adjustment mechanism for reduced inertia and improved rocker/valve action. The result is higher engine speeds and more power. At the same time, the four-valve head improves air/fuel flow, which means optimized combustion, reduced fuel consumption and lower than ever emissions.

Like all Vespas, the S 50 features a ‘twist and go’ continuously variable transmission (CVT) which transforms all that improved horsepower into smooth and easy acceleration and riding from start to finish.

Original Vespa Lines, Progressive Features

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When you are the original, it’s easy to continue classic family lines. The Vespa S 50 has the same pedigree as the first Vespa prototype built by Piaggio in 1946, with all the core values that have defined the brand ever since: eco-friendly engineering, elegance, passion, individualism, and integrity.

The Vespa’s high-strength steel body acts as the scooter’s structural frame, a chassis design solution unique in the world of scooter production. In addition to superior strength, the frame is exceptionally rigid, resulting in excellent road holding and precision control. The scooter’s low center of gravity also makes riding it supremely simple.

Equipped with an advanced front disc/rear drum brake system, the Vespa S 50 offers confident stopping power. The advanced mixed-type braking system includes a front 7.8" diameter disc with hydraulic linkage and a dual opposed piston hydraulic caliper. The back has a 4.3" diameter drum with mechanical linkage. The 11” front and 10” rear wheels with light alloy rims add to the Vespa S 50’s excellent stability. A wide arc front halogen headlight ensures great visibility at all times.

The 2008 Vespa S 50 has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $3,199. Available colors include Dragon Red, Shiny Black, Taormina Orange and Montebianco. For more information on the Vespa S 50 and the entire
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