As a Vespa GTS fan and long-time owner I’m unsure as to whether I should be relieved or deflated with the big reveal happening at Intermot in Cologne this morning. In some ways the press release giving a first glance at the Euro 4 GTS was a relief, at least it means Piaggio haven’t gone too far overboard with the design, making it look like a different model altogether but on the other hand there’s not really much difference aesthetically. It does leave some big unanswered questions though.
The main big difference is the engine and capacity. The model pictured is the 125/150cc, yes that’s right – 150cc (although I doubt we’ll see that variant in the UK). The scooter utilises the latest Euro 4 compliant i-get engine, as fitted to the Piaggio Medley and also being filtered out into the rest of the smaller capacity Piaggio/Vespa range to replace the existing 3v engines.
The i-get has a few benefits, namely it’s fuel economy (42.4 km/l using the WMTC – World Motorcycle Testing Cycle for the 125cc) and the fact that it has a piggy-back cooling system, rather than the need to have a separate radiator/header tank and extra piping. We’ve only got the one image (above) to go off at the minute (more will be released later today) so we can’t see if the rad is part of the engine in the GTS chassis or not but we assume it must be. If it is, in theory at least that means there should be a little extra space in the glovebox but we’ll have to wait to find out.
One major benefit with the i-get engine is that service intervals have doubled, fluids and filters are only changed every 10,000km and valve clearances checked at 20,000km.
The i-get features stop & start technology so the engine cuts out at a standstill to save fuel, twist the throttle again and it fires instantly in to life (see our Medley test for more details on the engine and how it performs). The engine makes 12.09bhp a drop from the 14.6bhp of the existing GTS 125. Get used to it though because Euro 4 is going to zap power faster than a military coup.
We predicted a facelift for the GTS here. You will probably struggle to spot the difference between the image of the new GTS and one of the old ones but expect to be amazed by the slightly different horncasting, clear indicators, rear light surround and seat cover. Thankfully the previous facelift in 2014 meant the GTS was already quite pretty.
All the GTS range will now come with a remote to open the seat and it also includes a ‘bike finder’ function. Press the fob in a crowded scooter park and the indicators will flash.
The big question?
As we go to press there is no mention of the flagship Vespa GTS 300 model. Now we know it’s an important model to rally-going scooterists and commuters so Piaggio won’t have forgotten about it but are we going to find out what’s happening to it during Intermot?
Our guess is that the Italians will reveal the 300 on home soil at Eicma in Milan next month. Whether it’ll be a GTS 300 as we know it, albeit with a new or revised Euro 4 compliant engine, or whether it’ll be the larger capacity machine we’ve been crying out for we’ll have to wait and see. One thing is very likely though; if the existing QUASAR engine is used to meet the upcoming Euro 4 it will be down on power compared to the current model. Update: the Euro-4 Vespa GTS 300 ‘Touring’ was shown at Intermot and was down on power by 0.5hp compared to the Euro-3 version, now making 21.5hp.
At this point it would be useful if they added some engine capacity to make up for what is being lost to meet Euro 4.
Get one on 0% finance now
We do know that production of the current GTS stopped in September and dealers are currently receiving the final shipments/orders. Piaggio also have a 0% finance deal in place on the GTS range until the end of October so now is a very good time to buy one, especially if you want to own one of the last full-power GTS 300s. Some dealers are offering ridiculously cheap prices as well, with up to £900 off in some cases, so it’s worth shopping around for a deal.
We’ll bring you more news as we get it…