If it's all about being cool the Ape wins hands down. A new 200 c version is now available for the tourism industry in Italy.
Piaggio Press Italy
Piaggio Ape Calessino 200
Yes, it's still being built. The Ape can trace its history all the
way back to 1948. For some, the Ape carries just as must credibility as
the humble Vespa. The Ape was responsible for getting Italy moving after
the Second World War.
Now sold under the commercial banner, this new Ape Calessino is more
compact, comes with a fresh look and also features a new 200 cc Piaggio
4-stroke engine. The new Ape is being aimed squarely at the tourism
industry. The name of the game is to transport people through historic
cities with tight, twisty streets.
The change to a lower capacity is important. This change allows riders
from the age of 16 to ride or drive the Ape if they hold a suitable
licence. Take a quick history lesson via the official Piaggio press
By the way, a new Piaggio Ape 200 will only set you back around $5000 Euro in Italy.
Official Piaggio Press Release - Piaggio Ape Calessino 200
Conceived as an evolution of the Ape, the little commercial vehicle
launched in 1948, which got Italian transportation and small businesses
on the move again after the Second World War, the Ape Calessino soon
became an icon of Italian style and ingenuity in its own right.
Conceived for small businesses and ideal for goods transport even in the
confined spaces of the narrowest city streets, with over two million
examples sold worldwide, since its inception, the Ape has also always
been considered an elite alternative for personal mobility that can
readily be customised to suit any possible taste. And this was how,
during the heady years of Italy's economic boom, the Ape Calessino
(presented in 1949), revolutionised passenger transport, becoming part
of the landscape in some of the most magical places of the country's
historic cities and Mediterranean coastline.
It was in the 1950s that the timeless appeal of the Ape Calessino was
consolidated through its appearance in the film La Dolce Vita and became
associated not only with the American stars holidaying in the Bel Paese
and at beaches around the Mediterranean, but also with their efforts to
escape the paparazzi, who frequently snapped them on board the Ape
Calessino used to get around the resort. Ape Calessino became an
integral part in the high society of legendary places such as Forte dei
Marmi, Cannes, Capri, Portofino and the Greek islands. In celebration of
this vocation as a passenger transport vehicle and unique tradition of
stylish practicality, the Ape Calessino was reborn in 2000, while an
electric variant was launched in 2010.
The legend has now been given another new lease of life, while remaining
true to its original mission as the perfect vehicle for the open air,
and to the fresh, non-conformist style that has always been its
hallmark. Presenting the Ape Calessino 200, the latest magnificent heir
to a unique tradition unequalled by anything else in the world and a
modern, youthful and agile reinterpretation of the iconic design of the
1960s which perfectly embodies the sunshine and joie de vivre typical of
the Mediterranean lifestyle.
The new Ape Calessino 200 is designed to comfortably accommodate two
passengers plus the driver. It is an absolutely original vehicle that
stands apart from the crowd with its inimitable personality and unique
design and which, after giving the world an exclusive reinterpretation
of urban transport, now offers all of this together with distinctly
contemporary looks and technical features.
Ape Calessino 200 pays homage to the history of a unique vehicle and
offers a uniquely exclusive concept of mobility for the most stylish
places. It symbolises a lifestyle and embodies an elegant, exclusive
minimalism that escapes today's frenetic rhythms to rediscover the value
of places, people and friendship.
The folding soft-top is an invitation to enjoy the open air and the
scenery, even during the shortest journey, while the robust four-stroke
single-cylinder engine sips fuel and makes the Calessino nimble enough
for even the tightest of spaces. With its all new, more compact
dimensions, it is agile and easily manoeuvrable, and even more at ease
than ever in any possible situation.
Complementing the traditional toughness and agility of the Ape, with its
tiny turning circle, manual gearbox and tireless new 200 cc 4 stroke
engine, are a timeless design and pleasingly vintage details that make
this an exclusive vehicle that is a joy to own and drive.
The Ape Calessino 200 is the intelligent, agile and light new version of
the passenger transport Ape, and its more compact new size makes it the
perfect choice for transporting passengers in historical town centres
and tourist attraction sites, and for courtesy shuttle duty in resorts
and recreational facilities.
And with its innate cheeky character, the lightest variant of the Ape
Calessino is ideally suited to brand promotion and advertising
initiatives, and for special events, and has excellent potential as a
vehicle for communication activities. As always, it will be highly
sought after by collectors and anyone who enjoys the open air lifestyle.
The design of the Ape Calessino 200 has also been radically revised and
is fresh and contemporary, but remains true to its long traditions, with
cues citing the styling elements that made the original Ape such a
well-loved icon the world over. The softly vintage lines of the new Ape
Calessino 200 encapsulate numerous references to the original design
within its elegant forms: from the rounded shape of the front wheel
cover to the steel roof bars, and from the proudly flaunted fuel cap to
the taillights consisting of three distinct circular elements.
Youthful in spirit and modern in style, the Ape Calessino 200 introduces
elegant new choices for colour and trim.Three colour schemes are
offered for the body: Western Red, Arctic White and Charming Blue.
The four doors and easy to open and close soft-top are made from
waterproof, washable canvas in elegant beige, and are mounted on frames
in polished stainless steel tubing.
The comfortable seats, upholstered in the same colour as the door and
roof canvas, are equipped with lap type safety belts and accommodate two
passengers and the driver in an ambience instantly evocative of the
carefree, relaxed way of life of the most memorable vacation.
There are also features for the comfort of the driver and passengers,
such as canvas courtesy pockets on the doors for carrying objects, and a
capacious oddments storage compartment under the driver seat.
The latest addition to the Ape family is powered by Piaggio's new 200
cc, 4-stroke single-cylinder petrol engine, which produces 7.5 kW and is
mated to a classic four-speed (plus reverse) gearbox. In Italy, this
powertrain means that the Ape Calessino can be ridden legally persons
over 16 with a category A1 licence, and by persons over 18 with a normal
category B passenger car license. The new Ape range, created with the
European market in mind, now caters for an even larger cross-section of
users, and opens the doors (elegantly trimmed in canvas, of course) to a
new concept of mobility.