Piaggio, the largest two-wheeler manufacturers in Europe, has announced the launch of Vespa LX 150 in India by 2015. The latest scooter in the Vespa series is similar in features to the Vespa 50 except in engine. It has a single cylinder, four strokes catalytic leader, air cooled 150 cc SOHC engine with two valves. It makes sure of low emission and advanced engine range. The scooter has kick start or electric start and premium fuel requirements. Vespa LX 150 ensures style, comfort and performance along with individualism, eco-friendly engineering and Integrity which are the core values on which Vespa scooters are always built of. Vespa LX 125 is already announced for india.
The strong chassis is made of single steel and it is load bearing with all the credit going to the remarkably powerful 150 cc engine. There is disc brake for the front wheel and drum brake in the rear. The front brake is 7.8 mm in diameter with. Hydraulic linkage and a dual opposed piston hydraulic caliper. The rear brake is with mechanical linkage and 4.3 mm in diameter. There is a wide arc front light with halogen lamp which provides a very strong illumination. There is a classic rounded rear light also. The dash board is beautifully designed where the user can control the lights and other functions. The engine is capable of providing a maximum speed of 95 kmph. The transmission is continuously variable. The cost of the bike in India is not yet announced where as in US it costs $ 4399. Vespa LX 125 will be launched in 2012.
The 150 cc engine ensures maximum control and agility. The maximum power is 8.7 KW at 7750 rpm and provides a maximum torque up to 11.5 Nm at 6000 rpm. Fuel capacity is 8.7 liters. The clutch is equipped with automatic dry centrifuge with damper buffers and the gear has control variable transmission with torque slave. The suspension is single arm with helical spring and hydraulic single shock absorber or coil spring and dual effect single shock absorber. The Vespa LX 150 offers high power with lower fuel consumption. It is available in a range of exquisite colors like dragon Red, Cortina Gray, Graphite Black, Capry Blue and midnight blue.
Piaggio is in the last stages of setting up its motor plant in Baramati, Maharashtra which will have a production capacity of 1, 50000 units per annum initially. So with the establishment of the plant, Piaggio is all set to conquer the Indian two wheeler market.