This years version of the 946 was released recently in Italy. The 946 Bellissima will arrive in Australia this December.
Vespa Bellissima 946
The new 946 arrives this December. Last year it was the 946 Ricordo Italiano, this year it’s the 946 Bellissima.
What’s new for 2014? The 155 cc, 3 valve engine will be introduced and
the rear rack will now come standard. Colour options also get an update,
Grey and Blue signify the change in model year.
The 946 is the complete showcase of Vespa technology. Anti Skid
Reduction(ASR), disc brakes featuring ABS and the 946 will integrate
Vespa’s Multimedia Platform(VMP). The dash is all digital and there are
quality materials used throughout.
Vespa Australia will be releasing 40 units only into the country and
pricing is yet to be confirmed but we’d be thinking somewhere around
$12,990 Ride Away.
For further details and to get your name on one of the 40 units
arriving, see your local dealer. Also, for further information, we’ve
included the official Vespa Italy Eicma press release below.
Vespa Official Press Release - BELLISSIMA VESPA 946, 2014 COLLECTION
Vespa 946, the model of extraordinary exclusivity which has already
become legend, presents Bellissima, the outstanding Collection 2014.
Two new colours, Grey and Blue mark the new collection as well as the
strict colours Black and White - now off list and delivered to the Vespa
history - marked the production in 2013.
The 2014 Collection pays homage to the highest levels of Vespa tradition
and Italian design with elegant shades of silvery grey and blue.
Timeless colours that perfectly interpret the bold and modern lines of
the Vespa 946.
Vespa has always been able to go beyond its initial function in the
decades to become a unique point of view to interpret the changes in our
society, accompanying the most profound social changes. The arrival of
two colours so elegant on that masterpiece of engineering and high-level
manufacturing that is Vespa 946 means recovery values of classicism
that are inherently linked to the history of the Vespa brand.
The new collection is distinguished by the elegant new black aluminium
alloy wheel rims and by the new design of the LED turn indicators, style
details that distinguish the new series of the Vespa 946. The seat also
changes taking on a smaller form than that seen on the first collection
of Vespa 946. In this case as well it serves as reminder and complete
reinterpretation of a distinctive sign of Vespa. The bold structure,
made of aluminium, which caused a sensation in the first collection of
Vespa 946 is confirmed in its design but reduces its size to accommodate
a reduced seat that further enhances the stunning lines of the 946.
THE EVOLUTION CONTINUES
Vespa 946 continues the legacy of a humanistic approach to design, in
which the human figure is at the same time creator and focus of the
An orientation to the definition of a unique object that comes from the
Italian tradition of design, technique and precious workmanship.
Conceived as a precious work of Renaissance art, but made with the
best technologies of the XXI century, the Vespa 946 is designed on a
The attention to fuel economy and emissions reduction, the fully digital
instrumentation, a beating heart and modern technology, perfect to
cover the distances and cross the city, match to the finest materials in
a masterful build quality so as to make it a unique design not only in
the history of the Vespa but throughout the world of two-wheeled motor
CITIZEN OF THE WORLD
In almost seventy years of history, and after more than 18 million units
sold worldwide, Vespa has managed to unite youths of distant and
different cultures through a single passion. First truly global brand of
mobility Vespa has interacted with social environments distant from
each other, creating different cultural phenomena, characteristics of
the reality in which it has been able to immerse itself to take on the
role of distinctive protagonist. It has accompanied revolutions of
customs, music and youths. It has stood at the side of human
advancement. It made them soar during periods of economic prosperity.
And today it stands as one of the most renown Italian products sold
around the world.
A STYLE THAT REWRITES THE FUTURE
The legendary silhouette of the Vespa has become part of design history.
A few brilliant strokes of the pen gave birth to a symbol of Italian
creativity and started an unbroken history of extraordinary success. A
modern epic in which the main characters are fun and the freedom of
movement, with unmistakable style, on every street around the world.
A look at the 946 brings to mind the creativity and ingenuity that gave
rise to the original Vespa. Behind the breathtaking lines of the first
scooter with its monocoque body, advanced technology today is designed
to make progress in a user and eco friendly view. As the MP6 prototype
which serves as inspiration, the Vespa 946 seems to come directly from
the best technology of its time.
The concepts that inspired the sharpness of the forms of that distant
prototype have been embraced and accentuated due to the possibilities
that, nearly seventy years later, are now possible thanks to the most
modern materials and advanced manufacturing processes.
The completely open back of the Vespa 946 is accentuated by the elegant
and bold solution of the suspended saddle. Only sophisticated aluminium
die casting can support it, whilst maintaining a light appearance that
never fails to please.
The Piaggio Style Centre has performed important and innovative work on
surfaces and sections with bold signs in mind, without betraying the
softness of lines that every Vespa must have, to capture the eye in an
alternation of concave and convex forms, which extend the general line
giving new dynamism and modern appeal to the 946. Marked by lateral
slits, the bare bodyshell has a vaguely biomorphic and futuristic shape.
The 2014 Collection of Vespa 946 will feature a body only in tints of
Blue, with seat and details of Black and Grey with Red seat and
handlebars. Thus, as is tradition, it is a collection destined to go out
of production within the end of the year so as to make all units of the
Vespa 946 made in 2014 authentic pieces that are both unique and
As always in the history of the Vespa, the body is a steel frame - now
enhanced by the aluminium parts among which the fender and side covers -
which also has a supporting function that houses and supports the
engine, transmission and all the mechanical parts.
Vespa 946 distils and condenses the best characteristics of Vespas which
over the decades have preceded it, admirably entwining the best of the
features of the various Vespa families.
The front mudguard, fully in aluminium, covers with the usual elegance
the 12 inch wheel. The same size as the rear wheel. The new Collection
now features all new separable aluminium alloy wheel rims. The braking
system, in search of maximum safety, is double disc and comes complete
with two-channel ABS system controlled by a control unit with dedicated
A MASTERPIECE OF ITALIAN CRAFTSMANSHIP
Details such as the handlebars that feature sewn trim with needle and
thread, aluminium parts fitted manually, one by one in monocoque steel
body, a dedicated production line, more like an haute couture atelier
than a production line make this Collection stand out. Vespa 946 is
built by human skill, piece by piece, carefully crafted with
glorification of manual labour as the most valuable Italian manufactured
The section where the Vespa 946 is assembled is completely new, modern
and features cutting-edge technology. The assembly line is unique,
specifically designed and created for this milestone in the history of
the Vespa, and offers a wonderful melange between the most advanced
manufacturing technology and processing accuracy of craftsmanship.
A JEWEL OF TECHNIQUE
The suspension compartment of the Vespa 946 uses the traditional front
swinging arm, one of the stylistic features of the Vespa since it first
started production, while the rear suspension is distinguished by the
use of an innovative solution. In fact, for the first time in the
history of Vespa, the suspension consists of a gas unit with five
preloaded adjustable positions mounted horizontally with a sophisticated
progressive linkage system. A solution which has made it possible to
recreate the pure and delicate lines of the rear of the Vespa 946.
The lights are one of the hallmarks of the Vespa 946. They stands out in
particular for the fact that the headlamp is manufactured using a full
LED technology system with heat dissipation. The full LED technology is
also featured on the tail lights with stylish turn indicators,
redesigned for the Collection 2014, flush with the body so as not to
affect the lines of the Vespa.
The saddle, mounted on an aluminium support, is an extraordinary design
element, capable of gracefully marking the overall design of the Vespa
946, at the service of functionality. Hinged to the body on a cast
aluminium support, the rider and passenger saddle is made by hand of
fine waterproof fabric.
Vespa 946 is equipped with the innovative ASR traction control, an
advanced electronic system which prevents slippage of the rear wheel,
avoiding loss of adhesion and always ensuring optimal traction. A unique
technological sophistication of the Piaggio Group, for the first time
A MODERN AND ECO-FRIENDLY HEART
The pulsating heart of the Vespa 946 is an extremely modern engine which
reveals the lines of development of engines of the future,
characterised by reduced fuel consumption and a dramatic reduction of
gaseous and noise emissions.
The single cylinder 125/155 cc 4 stroke, 3 valve, air cooled engine with
electronic injection represents Piaggio Group's state of the art
technology in scooter engines.
The engine has been entirely designed, developed and manufactured in
Pontedera, in the largest plant of the Piaggio Group, which is one of
the most important and advanced research, development and production
centres in the engine field worldwide. This engine is born from the
challenge that the Group has taken on: to provide an increasingly more
evolved customer with a product that guarantees performance, reliability
and safety while also leading the field in respect for the environment.
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 cooling system has been the subject of careful analysis in order to
improve performance even further, thereby obtaining a significant
reduction in terms of acoustics and power absorption.
The injection system is state of the art in terms of functionality and
rideability, with automatic idling control and closed-loop fuel mixture
management with lambda probe. The three dimensional maps of advance,
titre and injection timing are managed by a new generation control unit.
Together with the trivalent catalytic converter, compliance with Euro3
standard is guaranteed with ample margin, also with a view to future
legislation, increasingly stringent in terms of reduction of polluting
Vespa 946 – Technical details
Tradition and innovation: Monocoque body made of sheet steel with
aluminium elements: handlebar, saddle support, side panels, front
mudguard, rearview mirrors supports.
Maximum safety: 220 mm dual disc brake, ABS dual channel braking system,
ASR traction electronic control system. Large 12 inch wheels,
dismountable aluminium alloy wheel rims.
Ecology and economy: 125/155 cc 3V engine, electronic injection, fuel
consumption and emission reduction at the top of the category.
Technology and style: LED headlamp with heat dissipating system, LED
tail light and turn indicators, full LCD multi-purpose dashboard.