Vespa LX 50 and S50





Make Model

Vespa LX50 and S50




Four stroke, single cylinder, SOHC, 4 valve


49.4 cc / 3 cub in
Bore x Stroke 39 x 41.8 mm
Cooling Ram air cooling system
Lubrication Wet sump, 850 cc capacity
Ignition Electric
Starting Kick start
Clutch Automatic, dry centrifuge with damper buffers

Max Power (at shaft)

3.2  kW / 4.4 hp @ 8550 rpm

Max Torque

3.2 Nm / 0.33 kgf-m / 2.36 lb/ft @ 6500 rpm


CVT with torque server
Final Drive Direct drive
Frame Load-bearing steel frame

Front Suspension

Single arm with helical spring

Rear Suspension

Coil spring with double effect shock absorber

Front Brakes

200 mm disc, hydraulic

Rear Brakes

110 mm drum, mechanical

Front Tyre


Rear Tyre



Length:  1755 mm / 69.1 in

Width:      739 mm / 29.1 in

Height:   1140 mm / 44.9 in


1280 mm / 50.4 in

Seat Height

775 mm / 30.5 in

Dry Weight

102 kg / 225 lbs

Fuel Capacity

8.7 L / 2.3 US gal

Consumption  average

2.8 L/100 km / 36 km/l / 85 US mpg

Top Speed

63 km/h / 39 mph


Celeste blue, Daring Plum, Midnight blue, Dragon red, Montebianco white

Sources and Review

Stanley Scooters, MCN

The LX line has received a style revamp for 2013. The Piaggio Style Centre focused particularly on the central embossed cover that runs from the handlebar to the mudguard which has become the Vespa's refined distinguishing feature. The front shield now features a more modern and angular design. This gives the front a modern look, at the same time abandoning a few of the rounded shapes from the previous model. Within the front shield lies the chrome-plated horn guard. The final touch of chrome-plated class is the Piaggio shield fixed on the mudguard, inspired by historic Vespa models.

Attention to Detail
Vespa is revered for its fit and finish and attention to detail. For 2013, particular attention was paid to the instrument panel, the handgrips, and the floorboard.

The instrument panel features revamped graphics which provide higher visibility in any condition
(LX 150 only). The large Vespa LX 150 instrument panel includes a speedometer and odometer, the fuel level indicator, digital clock and a series of service warning lights such as direction indicators, low and high beams, fuel reserve and engine oil level, as well as lubricant. Another touch of class is the Vespa logo treatment given to the handgrips and the floorboard protection. Both bear embossed Vespa logos, a widely followed custom in the automotive world.

The classic Vespa outline is characterised by the round headlamp and rear-view mirrors in chrome-plated steel . The saddle height gives riders of any height perfect control of the vehicle and the 11inch front wheel and powerful braking system ensures stability and a smooth ride.


The easiest way in to Vespa ownership is a slow-going affair, but it looks great and is a reasonably practical machine.

The Vespa LX50 deals with bumps better than most small scooters – the design is chunkier and more cosseting. It’s still manoeuvrable at low speed, and large bumps or holes will still upset the small wheels though.

Decent underseat storage, a cubby hole in the leg shield, a pull-out bag hook and a fuel gauge make the LX50 practical for the fashionista about town. The seat is comfy and there’s plenty of room for all sizes of rider.

The painted enclosed body is nicely finished and the chrome looks OK, but underneath the metal parts suffer at the hands of road much, water and salt. The iconic body shape is vulnerable in a crash- even dropping will damage everything on one side.

As a purely practical purchase, there are cheaper scooters doing the same job. But the Vespa is about image – it’s not silly money, and there’s fewer more chic 50cc scoots out there. Find a Vespa LX50 for sale.

Review: MCN