Vespa announces new Eco-Smart engine

Fuel injected 150cc mill sips 15% less fuel

By Motorcycle.com Staff, Apr. 05, 2010
Italian manufacturer Piaggio 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.

According to Piaggio, the new engine consume 15 percent less fuel than its predecessor – up to 85 miles per gallon. In addition, Piaggio says the new engine design provides stronger, smoother acceleration in stop-and-go traffic.

“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,” Piaggo says in a release.

The electronic fuel injection system on the new 150cc injected engine is designed to ensure 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, Piaggo says riders will enjoy strong and smooth power delivery, especially in the stop-start conditions of urban riding. Also, owners who want a fast getaway will notice improved cold-starts, thanks to fuel injection.

 “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,” says 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.”

Prices for the Vespa 150 i.e. models start at $4,399 for the 2011 Vespa S 150 i.e. Visit VespaUSA.com for more information.