Piaggio 2019: MP3 300 hpe, Vespa GTS 300 | EICMA show

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By Ben Purvis

Writing about bikes for 20 years. Published in dozens of titles on five continents. Mildly obsessed with discovering how things work.

 

A new 278cc “300 hpe” engine is the core of two new twist-and-goes launched by the Piaggio Group at EICMA in Milan next week.

 

2019 Piaggio MP3

Piaggio’s MP3 has been blazing its three-wheeled trail for 12 years and the new MP3 300 hpe promises to be lighter and more agile as well as faster thanks to the new 24bhp single-cylinder engine.

As well as the usual MP3 selling points – notably the twin front wheels and the extra grip and confidence they offer – the 300 hpe gets a more modern style with LED daytime running lights and slimmed-down bodywork.

The new engine makes 16% more power than its predecessor and 9% more torque, thanks to a new cylinder head and piston, a new fuel injector and revised air intake. The redesigned CVT gearbox is also claimed to be quieter than before.

Piaggio is offering two versions; the basic MP3 300 hpe and the sleeker MP3 300 hpe Sport. The base model has a taller screen and black wheels, while the Sport features a cut-down screen, black lower panels, red springs front and rear and a matching red stripe on one spoke of each wheel. It also gets wave disc brakes at the front and aluminium inserts in the footboards.

The Sport model also gets Piaggio’s MIA multimedia platform, which connects to your smartphone and lets it read out speed, revs, instantaneous power and torque, acceleration rate, lean angle and a host of other information. It also lets you view maps and routes and can even be used to monitor tyre wear and inflation.

All the models are also available in 125cc form, with 12bhp at 8,250rpm and 8.2lb-ft of torque.

 

2019 Piaggio MP3 spec

Price

£TBA

Expected in dealers

TBA

Power

24.3bhp (18.1kW) @ 7,750rpm

Torque

18lb-ft (24.5Nm) @ 6,500rpm

Tank size

11 litres

Seat height

790mm

Wet weight

TBA

 

 

2019 Vespa GTS 300 hpe

The same 300 hpe engine that powers the new MP3 300 also finds its way into the Vespa GTS 300 in 2019, with similar benefits as in the three-wheeled model but applied to the more traditional two-wheeled Vespa.

In fact, the GTS 300 is more than just one model. Vespa is offering five separate versions – the GTS, GTS Touring, GTS Super, GTS SuperSport and GTS SuperTech. The newest model, the SuperTech, includes a 5in colour TFT dashboard and smartphone connectivity.

The new models all get full LED lighting, plus detail tweaks to the bodywork and a new, more comfortable seat. The 300 hpe engine, with slightly different performance figures compared to the MP3 version, promises 12% more power than the old GTS and 18% more torque. It’s said to be the most powerful engine ever fitted to a Vespa, with a peak of 23.5bhp. It even has traction control as standard.

The smartphone-connected SuperTech model pairs via a dedicated Vespa app, letting you manage calls from the TFT screen and even offering turn-by-turn navigation on the dash.

 

2019 Vespa GTS 300 hpe spec

Price

£TBA

Expected in dealers

TBA

Power

23.5bhp (17.5kW) @ 8,250rpm

Torque

19.2lb-ft (26Nm) @ 5,250 rpm

Tank size

7 litres

Seat height

790mm

Wet weight

TBA

 

To read the full review of the 2019 Vespa 300 GTS hpe, click here

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