Vespa 946

Opinion: Will the Vespa Sprint Hurt 946 Sales?

Earlier this week, we posted a story about all the juicy Vespa gossip we’ve been hearing in the past few months. Much of that was officially confirmed just a few days later with the Italian debut of the new Vespa Sprint. While in one sense the Sprint is simply an update to the Vespa S in the same way the Primavera is an update to the LX-150, both updates can’t be looked at without considering one other key model: the Vespa 946.

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The Piaggio / Vespa Rumor Roundup

After many years of model stability, Vespa is shaking things up in their lineup. With the 946 now in showrooms, the question is, what next? Our sources say there’s a lot of interesting things in the works.

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This Week in Scooters: Feb 2-8, 2014

With snow falling on us here in Chicago as I type this, it’s felt like a very indoor week here at ScooterFile. Yet for all the cold weather blah, this week saw some of the most fun content we’ve ever shared.

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Vespa 946: Aluminum Components Close-up

There are a number of things that make the Vespa 946 a remarkable machine. For us, the fact that the 946 is an auto show concept vehicle come-to-life is the most entertaining aspect of the bike, but it’s really in the details that the 946 starts to earn its equally extraordinary price tag of $9,946. In addition to the 946’s mix of hand-assembly and CNC machined components, this scooter features a number of cast aluminum pieces that would be plastic on other Vespa models.

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Video: The Vespa Primavera — How it’s Made

One of the biggest scooter story from EICMA last autumn was the debut of Vespa’s new Primavera. Replacing the well-loved LX-150, the Primavera not only takes over in terms of Vespa’s small-frame offering, it’s the first new Vespa design in quite some time. More specifically, it’s the first “regular” Vespa model since the debut of the 946. That post-946 distinction is important because when we look at the Primavera, its 946 lineage is obvious. Where the 946’s limited production numbers and aspirational price point put it well out of the reach for most scooter shoppers, the Primavera is the “new” small frame Vespa for the rest of us.

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Video: The Vespa 946 is “Hand Made”

Since we broke the pricing on the upcoming Vespa 946, the seemingly stratospheric price has been the main part of the conversation. At $9,946 USD, the 946 is a 125cc scooter in the same price range as 650cc maxi-scooters like the Suzuki Burgman or the BMW C-series scooters. It’s been tough for a lot of scooter fans to make the connection between a small (if remarkable) scooter and such a big price tag.

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