Vespa GTS 250 IE

 

 

 

Make Model

Vespa GTS 250 IE

Year

2006 - 11

Engine

Four stroke, single cylinder, SOHC, 4 valve

Capacity

244 cc / 14.9 cub in
Bore x Stroke 72 x 60 mm
Cooling Liquid cooled
Lubrication Wet sump
Ignition Electronic
Starting Electric
Clutch Wet, multiplate

Max Power

16.2  kW / 22 hp @ 8250 rpm

Max Torque

20.2 Nm / 2.06 kgf-m / 14.9 ft/lb @ 6500 rpm

Transmission 

CVT, twist and go
Final Drive Belt
Frame Pressed sheet steel, streamlined monocoque structure

Front Suspension

Single arm with dual acting hydraulic shock and co-axial sping

Rear Suspension

2 x double action shock absorbers with adjustable pre-load

Front Brakes

220 mm stainless steel disc

Rear Brakes

220 mm stainless steel disc
Wheels Cast alloy

Front Tyre

120/70-12

Rear Tyre

130/70-12

Dimensions

Length:  1930 mm / 76.0 in

Width:      755 mm / 29.7 in

Wheelbase

1395 mm / 54.9 in

Seat Height

790 mm / 31.1 in

Dry Weight

138 kg / 304 lbs

Wet Weight

151 kg / 333 lbs

Fuel Capacity 

9.2 L / 2.4 US gal

Reserve

2.0 L / 0.53 US gal

Consumption  average

2.6 L/100 km / 39 km/l / 92 US mpg

Top Speed

122 km/h / 76 mph

Standing Start: 0 - 50 km/h

                           0 - 31 mph

3.9 secs

Standing Start: 0 - 100 km/h

                           0 - 62 mph

14.9 secs

Colours

Dragon red, Vintage red, Excalibur grey, Black

Source and Review

Thescooterreview.com

 

 

 Vespa's flagship model the 2007 GTS IE is a smooth number, whether you are cruising along in the summer sun, battling the traffic to work or on a weekend road trip on the open road. The 21hp, fuel injected, 4stroke motor is the most powerful engine that Vespa produce; it has strong consistent power perfect for overtaking and will easily out accelerate most four wheeled transport. The GTS also sits effortlessly at the speed limit on the open road. At idle it has a gentle lumpy throb due to the large single cylinder motor.

 

What this scooter has in spades is style. Almost everything has little touch of Italian flair. There is a tasteful use of chrome harking back to Vespa's origins; the chrome accents include the mirrors, badges, and a few small trim parts. The 21st century however has not been forgotten; many modern touches such as, the digital tachometer, fuel gauge and the engine have been subtly integrated into the retro design and were created using the latest technology. One detail that truly stands out is the pillion passenger foot pegs, these are works of art, even the action of extending them has style, it has to seen.

On the road you know you're on a big scooter, although compared to the average maxi scooter it's quite light at around 150kg. The weight settled it nicely on the open road, only when weaving through traffic did it feel a little cumbersome in comparison to a smaller bodied machine.

You'll notice the weight compared with the smaller cc scooters, but you will also notice another thing. THE POWER! While reviewing this scooter, we ran our 0-50kph test. The GTS performed very well, with a time of only 3.9sec, that is fast currently the fastest we have tested to date (12/2007), and it will do these numbers all day long thanks to the CVT automatic transmission.

The most important test for a traffic weapon is the 50km/h to 80km/h time. Thanks to the powerful 250cc engine 4.2 seconds was the recorded time. The only downside to this powerful machine may a slightly lighter pocket after a visit to the fuel pump, however considering the admirable fuel efficiency of this Vespa your wallet won't be all that empty.

The storage was great, unfortunately though the under seat compartment will not take a full-face helmet. If you prefer the full-face option Vespa will sell you a 42 litre top box to store it in when you stop for coffee. A full-face helmet is obviously a far safer option, and tends to make open road travelling more comfortable. Assuming you prefer the open face variety you can squeeze two into the storage area, and fit a few other bits and pieces as well. There is also a small, lockable glove box which is a very useful size and gives quick access to smaller items without having to access the under seat storage.

The Vespa 250 is at home in the modern city; it is a thing of beauty both in aesthetics with its classic yet modern look and in engineering with its powerful injected 250cc engine. It's certainly one of the best all round scooters available today, then again you'd expect so, it's Vespa's flagship and well, they invented the scooter.