The most buzzed-about scooter of the decade, the striking retrofuturistic Vespa 946, has had many guessing as to how much such a machine will cost. In its most recent sales solicitation sent to dealers, the company finally laid the matter to rest. The 946 will carry a hefty $9,946 MSRP price tag. (See what they did there?) According to the announcement, the scooters will be available in the US in November. (For the very impatient and well-heeled, they’ll be available in Europe in June.)
Some other details emerged, as well. In particular, the 946 will be the first Vespa model to feature ABS and ASR traction control. The scooter will, as previously announced, sport aluminum panels and fender in addition to the traditional steel body and will be powered by the new 3V injected engine.
We imagine this lays to rest earlier rumors (from dealers) that the 946 will replace the stalwart LX model. Vespa reportedly has a new LX or other mid-size scooter in the pipeline, possibly to be revealed this fall.