First Primavera Vespa bear the name, this is the “spring” to you and I, first appeared in 1968, is a revolutionary: small, agile, and by a brilliant engine. Primavera placed wings on several generations and was produced without interruption until 1982, making it one of the widest commercial successes in Vespa history. Its new incarnation is a star in its own time, says Vespa: Youthful, innovative, technologically ground-breaking, agile and dynamic, with an eye to the protection of the environment, inheriting all the freshness and joy of living from its predecessor.
For 2017, the big innovation takes the form of the new Piaggio i-get Euro 4 powerplant, “capable of ensuring brilliant performance, contained consumption and extremely high overall efficiency.” The new i-get powerplants that equip Vespa Primavera and Vespa Sprint are ultra-modern single-cylinder 4-stroke 125 and 150cc air-cooled engines with electronic injection and 3-valve heads. Every detail, from the exhaust to the internal design of the gearbox cover, has been designed to make the ride smoother, quieter and more comfortable, says Vespa.
Injection system has been optimized and improved the efficiency; ECU now has a pressure sensor, make sure every time in any conditions of use and the optimum combustion of any height. The engines are now Euro 4-approved, and capable of performance at the top of the category: the i-get 125cc claims a maximum power and torque of 10.6 hp at 7,700 rpm and 7.7 ft-lb at 6,000 rpm. The 150cc claims 12.7 hp at 7,750 rpm and 9.4 ft-b of torque at 6,500. Smoothness, Vespa says, has been greatly improved thanks to a crankshaft fully 24% heavier than before, which spins to life more quietly courtesy of a new starter motor. A new exhaust makes the engine quieter as well, while providing a more full and pleasant timbre.
Along with the proverbial light weight typical of all Vespas, that power makes this Vespa “small body” particularly quick both in city traffic and on stretches of open road. A gearbox with new, more resistant friction materials for the dry centrifugal automatic clutch contributes to this result.
Fuel consumption is rated at up to 107 mpg for the 125, and 96 mpg for the 150cc. With 2.1-gallon fuel tanks, both engines provide great range.
All of the 125 and 150 Vespa Primavera and Vespa Sprint versions now come standard with ABS. The front wheel has a speed detection system – a sensor and a tone wheel – which instantaneously measures its speed and deceleration compared to that of the scooter. The sensor dialogues with an electro hydraulic control unit which activates ABS if the wheel decelerates abruptly. The system designed specifically for Vespa Primavera and Vespa Spring development, is a simple and lightweight, left side of the road weight is almost the same.
The new Vespa Sprint is available in two versions: Vespa Sprint (with the 125cc displacement engine) and Vespa Sprint S (with the 125 and 150cc displacement engines), the latter sporting an attractive Titanium Grey color scheme with dedicated graphics and black painted rims. For Vespa Sprint 125 there are five colour schemes: Rosso Dragon, Nero Lucido, Montebianco, Giallo Positano and Blu Gaiola, all with a black saddle.
“Vespa Primavera project development, aimed at young people of all ages, the Vespa Sprint has a small volume, light weight, but also comfort and protection, entirely by the characteristics of the steel is a very young line, marking a rough rectangular head lamp, stand out for the big 12 inch wheels with spectacular aluminum alloy rim.” Now I want one.