A few small cosmetic changes are all we can see in the flesh.
Visually and from the press release below we can see that items like the
horn cover and instrument panel have come in for slight updates. Other
changes include a lower seat height and the word Vespa embossed between
your feet. All in all, Piaggio are leaving the LX alone when it comes to
styling. Why change the classic benchmark?
What Piaggio have changed is the engine and running gear. Bringing what
was a relatively old engine into the 21st century. Power is up, top
speed is up, performance is up, whilst fuel economy is down. Adding a 3
valve head will allow the engine to breathe and torque has been
increased thanks to the change in bore and stroke. What is amazing
though is the claimed 30% improvement in fuel efficiency, this being
helped by an advanced fuel injection system. Service intervals have been
lifted to a whopping 10,000 km's.
This (the engine) is an area where Piaggio have spent time and money
getting it right. The new 3V engine is now a global one. The Vespa LX 3V
needed to satisfy multiple markets and indeed needed to be a generation
ahead of the past.
We are yet to ride, touch or feel a new LX 3V. Actually we don't even
know when it will make it here to Australia. You do get the feeling
though that Piaggio have answered the call of technology and brought the
LX into the present day.
Please find the European Only presser below. Australian release and configurations not yet announced.
European Press Release Only
VESPA LX AND VESPA S 3V
Vespa is one of the symbols of Italian style and elegance. In more than
65 years of history Vespa has gone beyond its commuting function,
identifying itself with a style of life that has its roots in values
such as freedom, beauty, respect for the world around it.
Vespa has become a citizen of the world, distributed on five continents in more than seventeen million units.
Vespa, in the various eras it has seen, has always represented the
cutting-edge of technology. Characterised by an extremely advanced
bearing body concept, built entirely out of steel, Vespa marked the
evolution of individual mobility.
Vespa LX and Vespa S are the best selling two wheeled vehicles in Europe
and, at the same time, the best selling European vehicle in the USA,
renewing a technological first today with the adoption of new, highly
advanced 125 and 150 cc engines which set a new global benchmark for
high fuel economy and low emissions levels.
From 1946, its birth year, Vespa has been able to change the habits of
city transportation, introducing for the first time a simple, practical
and dynamic way to move about, combined with a trend setting elegance
which immediately became a classic, popular with users from all over the
world and from every generation.
A genuine icon of metropolitan transportation, the Made in Italy
representative in the world for style and refinement, the most beloved
urban pleasure vehicle for its sturdiness and reliability and
distributed over sixty-six years of history in more than seventeen
million units on streets all over the world.
Vespa's most obvious capability has always been that of continuously
redefining its technical and stylistic characteristics, without ever
betraying the distinctive spirit of an easy, accessible, but singularly
classic vehicle. This is a fortunate habit that the current LX and S
THE NEW ENGINES: 3 VALVES STATE OF THE ART
The evolution of Vespa has always maintained the concept of
form/function as a core element. Development over time has taken place
in observance of some indispensable and consolidated technical and
stylistic choices, constantly innovating its content. A new engine makes
its début on the Vespa LX and Vespa S, rightfully considering the
cutting-edge in this segment and destined to last over time with its
excellent performance and minimum consumption and emissions levels. With
the new and highly technologically advanced 125-150 4Stroke 3 Valve
power train, Piaggio once again opens a window to the future of motoring
It is a single cylinder 4 stroke air cooled engine with 3 valves (2
intake and 1 exhaust) single overhead cam and electronic fuel injected.
It was designed and built in the Pontedera plant, in some of the most
advanced research & development centres in the world, with the goal
of increasing performance and fuel economy and lowering polluting
emissions. In order to obtain greater performance a scrupulous study to
decrease friction and improve fluid dynamics was conducted.
The new crankshaft, with reduced button and bench capacity, the pivoted
cam axle on the bearings and roller rockers have made a significant
improvement in operating friction, all to the benefit of performance and
fuel economy. The bore and stroke values are new (respectively reduced
and increased), to the benefit of torque and acceleration response. In
the search for the best performance/fuel consumption ratio, the 3 valve
timing solution is the most effective because it improves intake,
increasing engine efficiency compared to conventional 2 valve engines.
The innovative timing system thereby lets us improve the fuel mixture
loading movements in the cylinder; the combustion process is further
refined by the new spark plug position which simultaneously ensures
improved cooling of the components in the head, as well as simplified
The cooling system was the object of careful analysis, even through
thermo fluid dynamic simulations, in order to further improve
performance and thereby obtaining a significant reduction in mechanical
noise and absorbed power. The fuel injection system is extremely
advanced, with a continuous cycle automatic idle management and
continuous cycle fuel mixture management with the introduction of an
efficient Lambda probe. A latest generation ECU takes care of managing
advance mapping, fuel mixture and timing.
The new free wheel electric starter, more quiet and efficient, goes
perfectly with an engine so rich with technological content. Also, the
automatic dry centrifugal clutch has been calibrated with the goal of
maximising performance and fuel economy at low speeds. The 3V also has
the important advantage of weighing less than its 2V predecessor.
The 3 valve technology in the Vespa LX and Vespa S 125 and 150 cc
engines provides clear improvement of performance compared to the
previous generation engines: maximum power of the 125 is improved by
7.1%, and maximum torque by 10.3%; acceleration time from 0 to 60 metres
drops 2%, and top speed increases by 2.2%. The same is true of the
Vespa LX and Vespa S 3V 150 cc: maximum power and torque increase
respectively by 6.3 and 7.8%, with a decrease in the time it takes to go
from 0 to 60 metres to the tune of 5% and a 3% increase in top speed.
Despite the significant performance enhancements, fuel economy is
drastically improved (about 30% better compared to previous generation
engines), while service intervals are now extended to every 10,000 km.
The new 3V engine allows for extremely contained operating costs: in one
year of use (during which the Vespa customer rides an average of 4,000
km), this allows a savings of about 34 litres of fuel which corresponds
to an extra 1,500 km.
VESPA LX 125/150 3V – A TIMELESS CLASSIC
Vespa is attractive not only for its refinement in technological
choices, but also for the passion and excitement that it conveys. On the
new Vespa LX 3V the shape of the body favours pleasantly sober
sections, definitely elegant and unquestionably “Vespa”. Vespa LX is
reminiscent of the stylistic themes established by modern lines, moulded
into the most classic Vespa tradition, enriched with new design ideas
that highlight the heritage of the brand. The Piaggio Style Centre
focused particularly on the “tie”, that is, the central, embossed cover
that runs from the handlebar until it grazes the mudguard, which has by
now become the Vespa's refined distinguishing feature. This gives the
front a modern look, at the same time abandoning a few of the rounded
shapes from the predecessor, all to the advantage of decisively more
modern lines. In this context the chromium mask that conceals the horn
is the final touch of class, confirmed by the ever present crest, also
chromium plated, fixed on the mudguard, elements that are explicitly
inspired by the historic Vespa models.
The front mudguard follows more decisive lines and covers the 11 inch
tyres, which shod an elegant 5 spoke aluminium wheel rim. The upper part
of the shield, large and protective, is characterised by the mask that
englobes the round headlight, another feature which is clearly
reminiscent of the history making Vespa models. On the side, the steel
mirrors were designed to give the rider the best possible view, but
without spoiling style and finish. Another touch of class is provided by
the handgrips which bear the Vespa logo. The numerous chromium parts
which adorn the front of the vehicle are taken from others on the rear,
such as the headlight frame and the stylish passenger handgrips.
Particular attention to detail was given to the instrument panel with
its revamped graphics which provide higher visibility in any lighting
conditions. The large Vespa LX 125 and 150 3V 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. The
Vespa LX 125 and 150 3V come standard with the immobiliser anti-theft
system which is indicated by the LED in the instrument panel.
In the Vespa LX leg shield back plate there is a functional glove
box, extremely handy for daily use to store small objects like rain
gear, sunglasses or gloves. The load capacity is also ensured by the
large helmet compartment which can accommodate a helmet, as well as the
bag hook, indispensable for taking full advantage of the large
footboard. Another distinctive feature of the new Vespa LX lies
precisely here - in the footboard: the centre protection in plastic has
been embellished by the Vespa logo, a widely followed custom in the four
The success of Vespa has also been determined by the perfect balance
between the front and rear volumes, where the large footboard plays a
deciding role as a joining element between the shield and the body
panels that conceal the engine. Particular care was given to the
realisation of the saddle, with respect both to style and practicality.
From the first point of view, the popular material used for the covering
and the particular stitching make it a true and proper design article.
The foam selected for the padding and the anti-slip covering combine
with one of the lowest heights off the ground (775 mm for the LX 50 and
785 mm for the LX 125 and 150), a feature that relaunch the on board
comfort of a vehicle which is famous for perfect ergonomics for a rider
and passenger of any stature.
Chassis architecture: the only solution of its kind in the world
A peculiar and indispensable characteristic of the Vespa has always been
the steel support structure, which acts as a solid and sturdy chassis.
This is a construction tradition which is unique, precious and refined,
realised with cutting-edge industrial process. It is a high quality
technical choice which has the privilege of making the Vespa sturdy,
practically indestructible, at the same time providing stability and
The front suspension is one of Vespa's most original elements. Although
boasting aeronautic origins, it was initially introduced to make
changing the front tyre immediate in case of a flat. Thanks to the
numerous and constant advancements over time, the single side arm
equipped with a dual action shock absorber has become an effective
solution to make the ride even more comfortable. On the Vespa LX 3V the
movement of the swinging arm is structured on roller boxes that reduce
operating friction to a minimum.
In the most classic of traditions, the rear suspension on the Vespa LX
3V is made up of a dual action spring shock absorber with 4-setting
adjustable preload in order to better adapt the dampening
characteristics depending on the load and the rider's preferences.
The wheel rims are made from aluminium and boast a refined, five spoke
design: the 11” front is shod with an 110/70 tyre, while the 10” rear
takes a 120/70, both tubeless. To make the Vespa LX 3V safe in any
conditions, the braking system uses a 200 metre diameter disc on the
front and a 110 mm drum on the rear, which is both powerful and can be
modulated, also well suited for entry level riders.
The new Vespa LX range consists in 4 models: the 125 3V, the 150 3V and
two 50 cc engines, one 2-stroke and the other a 4 valve 4-stroke, both
The colour range offers (for all models) five different schemes: Nero
Vulcano, Montebianco, Rosso Dragon, Blu Midnight, Verde Portovenere. The
same technical features of the Vespa LX are found unchanged on the
special, more protective series suited for out of city travel, called
the Touring version, available in the Marrone Terra di Toscana colour
VESPA S 125/150 3V – THE LEGEND OF THE SPORTY “VESPINO”
Vespa S embodies the heritage of legendary models from the 70's, such as
the Vespa 50 Special and the Vespa Primavera, offering a trip down a
charming memory lane. It is the most sporty and youthful Vespa “small
body” available. The lines express dynamic character and youth, with
their clean and essential, but definitely spirited, sections. It is a
Vespa that makes minimalist design its distinguishing feature in order
to definitively win the approval of the youngest enthusiasts. The square
headlight, the more decisive design of the mudguards and the profile of
the saddle are the unmistakeable key features of the Vespa S, which go
extremely well with the red colour of the shock absorbers and the brand
new instrument panel graphics.
In 2012 the Vespa S has new aesthetic details which make it even more
effervescent and sporty. At the same level as the Vespa LX, on the S
version the mask located on the front shield is new as well as the
"tie", which by now distinguishes all new generation Vespa vehicles. For
the occasion, the instrument panel graphics have been revamped, while
the horn guard on the shield and the crest on the front mudguard forgive
the elegant chromium finish, taking on a much more aggressive black
colour. The five-spoke wheel rims are the same colour. On the Vespa S,
as with the LX, the new plastic guard located on the footboard comes
standard, embellished with the Vespa logo.
Four engines for four versions: like the Vespa LX, Vespa S is available
in a 50 cc (with a 2-stroke or 4 valve 4-stroke engine), 125 and 150 cc
versions, the latter two equipped with the innovative electronic fuel
injection 3 valve engine, at the top of its category for performance and
for the extremely low fuel consumption and polluting emissions. An
engine which boasts operating costs reduced to a minimum, thanks in part
to the service intervals which have been extended to 10,000 kilometres.
The 2-stroke 50 cc engine in the Hi-Per2 series is intended for riders
looking for more brilliant performance, perfect for getting around
quickly in the city. The 4-stroke 50 cc engine boasts modern 4 valve
timing that provides more lively acceleration: it is, in fact, the most
powerful 4-stroke 50 cc engine on the market, with its 4.35 HP produced
in a very linear way, along with excellent fuel economy and contained
There are four colour schemes available: Nero Lucido, Montebianco, Rosso
Dragon, Azzurro Mediterraneo. The special Sport version, is available
in the aggressive Nero Abisso colour scheme.
A rich dedicated range of accessories
- Top box: colour coded to match the vehicle and bearing an embossed Vespa logo, it has a capacity of 32 litres.
- Top box internal bag: made from high quality leather and heavy weaved cotton.
- Top box backrest: a useful accessory to guarantee maximum
comfort for the passenger. Available to match the standard saddle and
the optional leather saddle.
- Windscreen: made from 4 mm thick anti-theft and scratch proof methacrylate.
- Chromium plating: various chromium plated accessories such as
the front and rear luggage rack, perimeter body guards and front
mudguard protectors. All embellished with a laser inscribed Vespa logo.
- Top fairing: an extra touch of elegance and sportiness, with transparent or tinted glass.
- Floor mat: useful to protect the footboard and to ensure maximum grip in any conditions.
- Vehicle cover: an indispensable accessory to protect your Vespa when it is not in use.
- Genuine leather saddle: hand made from high quality materials, it is available in dark red or tobacco.
- Handgrips: made from billet aluminium and covered in eco-leather, they are available in red, black and brown.
- Leg cover: practical and quick to install, this provides
excellent protection from cold temperatures and inclement weather. It
comes with a saddle cover and built in anti-theft.
- Electronic anti-theft system: the maximum in theft prevention. It has dedicated cabling.
- Mechanical anti-theft system: a practical system that locks the
handlebar, convenient because it does not require the rider to bend over
in order to activate it and clean because it is not inserted in the
wheels. when not in use, it remains between the saddle and the footrest
(it does not take up space under the saddle).