Vespa Quarantasei Concept

 

 

 

Make Model

Vespa Quarantasei Concept

Year

2012
Production Not in production yet

Engine

Fuel-injected four-stroke, three-valve engine

Capacity

125 cc / 7.6 cub in

150 cc / 9.2 cub in

Cooling System Air cooled
Starting Electric

Max Power

125 cc: 8.6 kW / 11.7 hp @ 8 250 rpm

150 cc: 9.6 kW / 13.0 hp @ 8 000 rpm

Max Torque

125 cc: 10.3 Nm / 1.1 kgf-m / 7.6 ft/lbs @ 7 000 rpm

150 cc: 12.6 Nm / 1.3 kgf-m / 9.3 ft/lbs @ 6 500

Final Drive Shaft
Source Piaggio

Vespa has built a reputation for classic, retro-styled scooters, trading on its iconic styling. The Quarantasei concept unveiled at EICMA however is a look ahead, and possibly the most futuristic looking Vespa ever.

The Quarantasei is named for the number 46, which represents the year Vespa first began producing scooters.

Designed by the Vespa Pontedera Style Center, the Quarantasei maintains classic Vespa lines established from the original 1945 MP6 prototype, the “Wasp” that became forefather of all Vespas. The most distinguishable element of the Quarantasei’s design is the aggressive forward lean in the rear, emphasized by the hanging seat and the way the bottom of the frame rises up towards the wasp-like tail.

While the design is purely a concept, a glimpse of possible future models, its powerplant is very real and likely to go into production in upcoming scooters. Piaggio developed a new fuel-injected 125cc four-stroke, three-valve air-cooled engine for the Quarantasei. According to Piaggio, the engine’s three-valve timing optimizes the load motion in the cylinder and the positioning of the spark plug, increasing combustion and helping keep components cool.

Piaggio claims a maximum output of 11.7 hp at 8250 rpm while torque peaks at 7.6 at 7000 rpm. A 150cc version claims peak output of 13.0 hp at 8000 rpm and torque of 9.3 at 6500 rpm.