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2008 Vespa S reaches US

Italian OEM hopes icon will catch on in American streets

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Mar. 12, 2008
Piaggio Group USA has debuted the 2008 Vespa S, hoping the European icon will be a hit on American streets.

A reinterpretation of the iconic ‘Vespino’ (Italian for ‘wasp’) scooters from the 1960s and 1970s, the new 150cc scooter sports a minimalist retro look.

The Vespa S features a rectangular headlight inspired by the 50 Special and the trademark chrome trim and front shield for a classic appearance

Underneath the design features, the Vespa S runs on a 150cc single-cylinder, four-stroke engine producing a top speed of 59 miles per hour. With gas prices hitting a record US$109 a barrel this week, riders will appreciate the efficient 90 miles per gallon Vespa S on its 2.3 gallon fuel tank.

The 11-inch front and 10-inch rear wheels feature alloy rims and tubeless tires. The braking system combines a 200 mm stainless steel front disc with a 100 mm rear drum.

The 2008 Vespa S has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of US$4,099 and is available in Dragon Red, Shiny Black and Optic White, with a selection of graphic kits.