As reported yesterday, Vespa has plans for a new “sport” model, dubbed the Sprint, to replace its LXS “sport” smallframe 50cc, 125cc and 150cc scooters. Today, they’ve made it official with a press release announcing the new model as well as a number of images. However, a number of question remain regarding what version of the Sprint will be sold in North America.
The Sprint, as announced, will be available in two 50cc versions (4t and 2T) and as a 125cc. Traditionally, Vespas available as 125s overseas are bumped to 150cc for the North American market. Much like the Primavera, the Sprint merges the styles of the outgoing LX line with the 946 models. It also adopts many of the 946′s specs, including the 3v engine (in the 125 and 150), electronic ignition and improved front suspension.
Unlike the Primavera (due in US dealers this month), the Sprint sports 12″ wheels in front and back, a trapezoidal headlight like its vintage namesake, new alloy rims and small “spoiler” around the instrument cluster. The Sprint also has a slightly different seat and two small grab rails on each side rather than a wrap-around as on most modern Vespas.
Piaggio’s official press release doesn’t address the differences between the Sprint as announced and the one solicited to US dealers. ScooterFile has seen documents stating the the new Sprint 150 will come standard with ABS. Sources also reported the styling would differ, with a full digital speedometer as well as black rims (available as an accessory) and trim. A Sprint resembling that description was recently captured in spy shots taken in Vietnam.
US Vespa dealers were informed that the base MSRP for the Sprint would be $5099 — $300 more than the Primavera. This suggests upgrades beyond styling and wheel size. It’s possible that similar to the “sport” models of other scooters in Vespa’s lineup, the Sprint 150cc with ABS may be a higher-end option offered in the US. If this version does appear, it will be the first regular production Vespa model to feature ABS and traction control. This should be revealed soon, as the Sprint is expected to land in the US by June (if not earlier).