[CAR REVIEW] Vespa GTS 300 SuperTech - Good paint, good wood! 2019

The flagship of the Vespa family owns everything you want in a maxi scooter: brand, design, history and performance. You don't need a wide-body Vespa to travel every day. You long to own it!

Not just a two-wheeler
Sunday mornings in the town of Urbino, a beautiful old town in the province of Peraso, are usually very peaceful and a little quiet. Although the sun was bright, it was not enough to dispel the mist still drenched on the cobblestones. Italians often stay up late and get up late, so if around 7am you go out, you will probably only see a few tourists walking the cobblestone streets around the Palazzo Ducale di Urbino, eager Eager for the first bell to greet the new day at Chiesa di San Domenico. Urbino is not a big tourist destination like Rome, Venice or Florence so the noise and noise does not seem to exist here.

But not this Sunday morning. Hundreds of Vespas with all kinds of colorful colors and familiar pattering sounds have crept through every small corner and gathered at the Palazzo Ducale di Urbino. Riding on Vespa bees are people of all ages and different types of dress: old, gray hair and beard, young bamboo shoots, not even twenty years old; men with hair grooming grooming, wearing elegant suits also, and of course, there is no shortage of genuine hipster boys and girls with style of dress unlike anyone.

The continuous repetition of the above process will keep the wheel rolling on the road surface during braking, ensuring safety even if the driver squeezes the brake handle. That is, when squeezing the front wheel brake, the car will slow down safely, when the wheel is always rolling, not sliding on the road, avoiding loss of steering and falling. This is especially important for women, in unexpected situations that startle the driver and squeeze the brakes tightly to stop the car, often causing the car to fall when braking - ABS will help avoid this accident.

Piaggio is the first group to introduce active traction control (ASR) technology in a scooter model, starting with the Vespa GTS line. Basically, the computer measures the speed of the front and rear wheels. If the rear wheel has a higher rotation speed, that is, when it slips, the computer will automatically cut off the engine power to prevent wheel slip. Although with many "silk handlebars", equipping traction control for a scooter with more than 20 horsepower is like "using buffalo scalpel to kill chickens", but for ordinary users, having an additional system Safety systems operating in parallel with ABS is definitely a big plus, helping them feel more secure when driving.

True to the name SuperTech, the GTS in the article also owns an additional equipment, different from other GTS models. It is a 4.3-inch color TFT screen that displays information about speed, fuel consumption, ambient temperature, etc.The special thing of this screen has not stopped there. You can also connect your phone to this screen via bluetooth and the Vespa Mia software.

The connection takes about 1 minute, so you need to stop by the side of the road to make this safe. Once connected, you can rest assured your phone is in your pocket, while the screen will display incoming calls, messages and real-time navigation via Google Maps. The experience will be best if you buy a bluetooth headset or if you pay more, you can buy a Vespa Jet helmet with a built-in speaker. After spending some time with the Vespa GTS 300 SuperTech, I found this screen to be quite useful. If the next-generation screen features full touch and display of Vietnamese, with accents, there is indeed nothing to blame.

The most important upgrade of the GTS 300 SuperTech is the 278 cc HPE - High Performance Engine block. This is an upgrade from the Quasar machine, which is very familiar to Vespa players rather than an entirely new engine line. Although only an upgrade, HPE owns a lot of improvements, enough to bring a completely different experience. It should be noted that in Vietnam, only the SuperTech version is owned by the HPE engine, other versions of the Vespa GTS line still use Quasar engines.

The HPE engine works with Magneti Marelli's ECU and the final improvement is the new Iridum spark plugs. All of these improvements yield a maximum power of 23.8 hp at 8,250 rpm and maximum torque of 26 Nm at 5,250 rpm. These parameters are 12% and 18% better than the old Quasar engine, very impressive numbers!

To take full advantage of the HPE engine block, the GTS 300 SuperTech gearbox is also improved with more durable straps and the drive components are reduced friction. All wrapped in a gearbox housing covered with a special layer of noise-proof material. My practical experience shows that the Vespa GTS 300 SuperTech is much smoother when operating, especially when turning on the throttle. This smoothness is a plus for the majority of general consumers, but there will be a few Vespa crazy fans who will miss the distinctive preaks from the Vespa era and use the 2-stroke engine.

They were all in Urbino for an annual parade, heading towards Vespa's hometown in Florence. During the 2-day journey, they will explore the romantic beauty of the Italian countryside as well as admire the first Vespa, the Vespa 98 was born in April 1946. This is a model opens the first chapter in more than 70 years of history of a 2-wheel symbol: Vespa.

"For Italians, Vespa, pizza and spaghetti are the national spirit," said Gabriele Cavalli, founder of Vespa Club Cesena 1950. “I repeat: Vespa, pizza and spaghetti. Take a look around. Even young teenagers want an old Vespa. It shows that they love Vespa, they love an icon of the Italian industry, they respect the heritage of the country. Inspiring young people is really important. ”

Yes, Vespa is not only beautiful, but it also has great significance for Italy, for the Italian people. Vespa was born in the darkest period of Italy. The Italians stepped out of the war with exhaustion, poverty, despair and in need of a complete reconstruction like never before. History, however, has shown us that miracles can occur even in the darkest and most desperate times.

At the end of World War II, Italy was exhausted from losing the war, because of huge war reparations and large cities and important industrial parks. With the car industry almost disappearing, the need for a cheaper alternative to cars is more urgent than ever. And so the two-wheeled Vespa was born.

In April 1946, Piaggio released the first Vespa. In Italian, Vespa means wasp, and the design of this scooter was also inspired by the shape of a bee. The first Vespa could reach a top speed of 60 km / h and was priced from 55,000 Lire, a very reasonable price at that time. Vespa was extremely successful right from the first moment this model was introduced: in just 1946 and 1947, nearly 20,000 Vespa were sold to customers; In the period 1946 to 1965, there were 3,350,000 Vespa made in Italy, that is, for every 52 Italians, one would own Vespa!

Vespas have not only brought Piaggio commercial success, but have become a Vespa culture and culture themselves. This car has become a symbol of style, youthful aspirations and above all, it is a symbol of freedom. Sitting on a Vespa, you are younger and more confident, you will find life so beautiful and free. The persistent bee is always ready to accompany you to "escape" the crowded streets, with you to explore new lands and immerse yourself in nature.

Vespa GTS 300 SuperTech - The new king
An important factor that makes the Vespa attractive is its special design. When you see a car with the shape "tied at the back of the bee" on the street, almost anyone can recognize it as a Vespa, although they do not recognize which version it is. Very few cars have a design trait such as Vespa bees, and very few models are… imitated as Vespa!

The first Vespa was designed by Corradino D'Ascanio, a former aircraft engineer. As soon as the first Vespa was born, it was impressed by its distinctive monolithic stamping design - something that had never been seen on a 2-wheel vehicle before. The body, engine cover and coveralls are all made of pressed steel and connected together into a homogeneous unit, creating a ruggedness and durability that surpasses the conventional chassis design. The flat floor and high handlebars make it very easy for the driver to control the Vespa, whether they are women wearing skirts or suit-wearing gentlemen. Two engine covers help prevent dirt from splashing on the clothes of the occupants, making it comfortable for you to use the car even when it rains.

Vespa is one of the most popular scooters, and the GTS line is the most masculine and powerful version of Vespa, based on the latest technology. The Vespa GTS series inherits the style of "Vespone - immortal Vespa" immortal with its monolithic steel body and typical bee-shaped design. Launched in 2003 with two versions of Vespa GT125 and Vespa GT200, the large family of Vespa has grown strongly and received warm welcome from Vespa lovers around the world. The large Vespas both possess the elegance of the street but are always ready to ride on the most challenging roads.

Contrary to the fairly neutral design (unisex) of the Vespa line like LX, Sprint, the Vespa GTS Super is clearly oriented to the men, the young dynamic, strong, love the feeling of freedom and mineral. reach. Recently, Piaggio Vietnam has launched a new monument in the GTS line: the Vespa GTS 300 SuperTech with a listed price of VND 155 million, much cheaper than the main rival Honda SH300i (VND 270 million - high price). of SH300i because this car is imported in complete units, while Vespa GTS is assembled domestically). Few know that the Vespa GTS is the second best-selling 125cc two-wheeled vehicle in Europe, only after the legendary BMW GS. Surprising, right? Overcoming hundreds of other models, from the screaming superbike to the burly naked lines, the Vespa GTS has sales that are only inferior to the right one!

The Vespa GTS 300 SuperTech is available in only two colors, glossy black and matte gray, accented by bright yellow paint details to distinguish this most advanced version from the other GTS 2019 lines. This is a relatively large scooter with a handlebar width of up to 755 mm and a seat height of 790 mm. Therefore, the Vespa GTS 300 SuperTech will be very suitable for a man who is 1m75 tall and taller, and a Vespa Sprint or LX will suit the status of Vietnamese women more. Back to the GTS series, this model exudes a masculine look with a muscular, muscular overalls and additional radiator slots on the sides. Part of the engine cover is also larger, more bold, giving a muscular appearance but still extremely elegant. The saddle is also wider, longer and wavy, accompanied by a more spacious storage compartment than the LX series. If you see a Vespa GTS parked on the side of the road, you will immediately guess that its owner is a handsome and fashionable man!

Vespa is always a classic design car, but that does not mean that the car is not upgraded with trendy equipment. The car uses LED headlights for both far and near projection, position lights and brake lights are also LED. These lights are very eye-catching design, but if the turn indicator is also LED, it will be more wonderful.

We can not ignore an "old" technology but still worth mentioning that only Vespa is in the high-end scooter segment in Vietnam. It is a monolithic seamless steel body - characteristic of the Vespa line from 1946 to the present. Thanks to this sturdy shell, the Vespa GTS does not need a steel frame like conventional cars. However, because of the steel frame, Vespa is generally heavier than its steel pipe opponent - plastic body about 10 to 15 kg.

Of course, the 2-channel ABS system is also standard on the Vespa GTS 300 SuperTech. This is the result of cooperation between Piaggio and Bosch. With ABS technology, the braking system will help the car not lock in case of emergency braking or slippery roads. Both the front and rear brake discs with a diameter of 220 mm have a small circle on the inside of the brake disc and a sensor, the car will record the rotation speed of the wheel, comparing it to the speed of the running vehicle. on the road. When the driver pressed the front brakes, the ABS system began comparing the two speeds. When the speed of the wheel is slower than the speed of the vehicle, that is, the front wheel is sliding on the road, the brake will release so that the wheel does not slip but continues to roll and immediately brake again.

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