Piaggio’s new scooter, the Vespa 946 fully respects the signature design of the MP6, the original Vespa prototype, designed by Corradino D’Ascanio back in 1946.Since 1946 Vespa has been established as a unique case of style and technology, meeting the demand for freedom of entire generations. For sixty five years Vespa has continuously renewed its legend, tirelessly evolving its concept of form – function. Today, after more than seventeen million vehicles on roads all over the world, and just like what happened in the post war era, Vespa unveils a possible future. It does it with respect to its patriarch, the MP6 prototype, which gave origin to the most famous scooter in the world, the best example of Italian style and creativity.
Only those who have made mobility history can imagine its future. Careful though, you may want to become a MOD. With the MP6 model being soon 70-years-old, here’s a humble and extremely stylish tribute to the initial scooter that started it all: enter the 2013 Vespa 946, revealed at the 2012 EICMA show in Milan.
The beating heart of the Vespa 946 (forty-six, the name refers to the year in which the first Vespa was manufactured) is an extremely modern engine which unveils the development lines of motoring in the new future, characterised by low fuel consumption and decreased gas and sound emissions. The single cylinder 125 cc 4 stroke, 3 valve, air cooled engine with electronic injection represents Piaggio Group’s state of the art technology in scooter engines. The single cylinder 125 cc 4 stroke, 3 valve, air cooled engine with electronic injection represents Piaggio Group’s state of the art technology in scooter engines. The new engine has been designed, developed and manufactured entirely in Pontedera, Piaggio‘s largest plant, which is one of the most advanced engine development and production centres in the world. And just to make things even nicer, the Vespa 946 (Novecentoquarantasei) comes with single-sided suspension for both front and rear, and that’s really one thing you just don’ t see everyday. And 12” wheels instead of the usual 9” or 10“ with disc brakes and ABS are simply as cool as it gets. Add in the futuristic LED lights and stylish LCD screen mixed with the retro air and you get a commuter which screams style.
Production will be launched early 2013 and estimated arrival month is July 2013. So hang on in there, little Paperinos.