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2017 Vespa GTS125 Review
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VESPA GTS 125 and 150 EURO 4
THE NEW i-get ENGINE MAKES ITS DÃ‰BUT ON THE VESPA FLAGSHIP IN THE 125 AND 150 CC ENGINE SIZES.
THE LARGE GTS USES THE MOST TECHNOLOGICALLY ADVANCED POWERPLANT: BRILLIANT PERFORMANCE AND LOW CONSUMPTION THANKS TO A NEW AND ULTRA-HIGH EFFICIENCY
The large, convenient, comfortable, extraordinarily protective Vespa GTS combines its elegantly urban and city spirit with the travel and tourism vocation which large Vespas have always embodied. From the GS in 1955 to the PX in 1978, touching on the Vespa Rally in 1968, the largest Vespas have always combined excellent performance and comfort, even on the longest and most demanding routes.
Vespa GTS has been revamped with the adoption of the ultra-modern and technological i-get powerplant in its most advanced version with liquid cooling, electronic injection, 4-valve timing and, for the first time on a Vespa, the “Start and Stop” system.
Two engine sizes are available: 125 and 150 cc, both Euro 4, which are classic in the history of the most beloved scooter in the world.
Vespa therefore reaffirms its technological cutting-edge which has always marked its past and introduces one of the most modern, advanced and safest vehicles in the world.
Piaggio Group motoring technology aims to create increasingly more advanced powerplants in terms of low fuel consumption and emissions. Armed with the most important engine and scooter research and development centre in Europe, and one of the best in the world, Piaggio has developed unique technologies and skills that contribute to the construction of engines today which are in line with the strictest standards in the world.
On Vespa GTS the new family of i-get engines arrives, available in 125 and 150 cc displacements with electronic fuel injection, four valve timing and liquid cooling. These are engines at the top of their respective categories in terms of performance and environmental friendliness.
And the new Piaggio patented Start & Stop system called RISS (Regulator Inverter Start & Stop System) makes its dÃ©but on the Vespa. This system does away with the traditional starter motor, which is replaced by a brushless “direct mount” electrical unit, in other words, installed directly on the crankshaft. This provides several benefits: extremely quiet start-up, lighter weight and more reliability, less fuel consumption. The Piaggio Start & Stop automatically switches off the engine 3 to 7 seconds after the vehicle stops (depending on whether or not the engine has reached the correct operating temperature). A slight twist of the throttle instantly restarts the engine, in complete silence, given the absence of the traditional starter motor. If the side stand is lowered or if the tilt sensor is activated, the ECU bypasses the Start & Stop function, in other words, the engine switches off and does not restart automatically.
The new i-get powerplants are the result of a design philosophy that sets more advanced quality and reliability levels as its primary objectives. Every aspect of the design was aimed at optimising the efficiency of each individual part in order to contribute to maximising performance. In the initial testing phases alone more than one million kilometres were logged in the intense search for reliability. Each and every one of the components on the new engines, from the exhaust to the internal design of the gearbox cover, all the way to the air filter, has been designed to make the ride smoother, quieter and more comfortable, and to increase the life of the engine.
A large portion of the Piaggio technical work had to do with the maniacal attention to reducing friction through the introduction of bearings on every rotating part, in the timing and in the crank gear geometry, with the cylinder axis shifted to reduce losses due to friction on the piston. The mechanical noise of the new i-get engines is also extremely low thanks to a reduction in play and an optimisation of the materials and shapes.