UPDATE Aug 2016 – read THIS article for an update what is inside the Lambretta Special (previously called Vendetta).
So, the first part of a familiar tease campaign begins as Lambretta Consortium begin to plug their new scooter. We began our coverage of the story with this article predicting what we might see and whadya know, we we were pretty close by the looks of it.
For a start it’s clearly an automatic scooter as you can tell by the upswept bodywork needed to clear an auto-type exhaust. This was the solution used on all the modern Vespas. The only other alternative is to make the rear body wide like that of a Scomadi. Also as predicted, in terms of overall size and shape it is not entirely unlike the previous Lambretta LN125 albeit with stronger lines as typical of something penned by Gerald Kiska.
What is really unusual is the use of what look like spoked or at least finely cast wheels front and rear. My guess is that they are 12″ diameter.
The choices of engine are interesting too: 50, 125 and 180. 50 suggests that this machine will be lightweight and probably air-cooled as predicted. 125 should be the most popular size given the current EU licencing.
The interesting capacity mentioned is 180 because that is the sort of size you can safely attain by boring and stroking a 125cc base engine. 180 is actually the same capacity as Scomadi’s TL200 which uses an engine design based on an old Aprilia/Rotax design which is available to producers in Asia, however Scomadi’s engine is water-cooled.
For the Vendetta to use a water-cooled engine it would need to have radiators, but where would they be located? In the legshields like a Vespa GTS or under the floor like a Scomadi?
Certainly there are other decent 180cc engines available in Asia from the likes of SYM who make a 4-valve with 14.5hp for their Joyride, but again this is water-cooled.
Lambretta.com have reset their countdown timer on the site for another 41 days so presumably we get the next tease then.
Out of interest we boosted the teaser image to see if it would reveal any more and we’ve managed to glean a few more details:
- The forks look like they might be telescopic which is not really a bad thing.
- There is 99% chance that it has a hydraulic front disc brake on the right side.
- The lump shown by the rear wheel could be a rear hydraulic brake, which would be nice.
- The wheels look like they have cast spokes rather than laced steel ones.
- The indicators are integrated into the body-line like Scomadi and modern Vespa
- The horncasting really follows traditional Lambretta line but the headset and headlight are not round.
- The running boards sweep back with a heel brace for the pillion.
- The seat is an unusual rounded shape that follows the lines of the bodywork