Vespa Sprint Malaysia 5

Official importer Naza Premira launched the Vespa Sprint in Petaling Jaya this afternoon. Today’s Vespa Sprint is said to be the spiritual successor of the classic Vespa S, marking the “return” of the Vespino. Nods to the original scooter include the sporty saddle (black cover with white line finish) and signature square headlamps.

While the Sprint is unmistakably Vespa, there are modern touches to it like the LED daytime running lights, multifunction digital display and redesigned 12-inch aluminium alloy wheels. We think it looks cooler than the LX and LXV, and should be popular with Klang Valley’s growing population of bearded hipsters.

The Sprint is powered by a 154.8 cc single-cylinder four-stroke engine with three valves (two intake, one exhaust), single overhead cam and electronic fuel injection. It produces 11.7 hp (8.7 kW) and 12 Nm of torque, and is paired to a CVT automatic transmission.

Designed in built at Piaggio’s Pontedera plant, the 3V engine is lighter and more fuel-efficient than a two-valve design. A new free-wheel electric starter and dry centrifugal clutch help bring fuel consumption down – at an average speed of 50 km/h, the Sprint will return 64 km/l.

A redesigned frame means that the battery is moved into the central tunnel of the footrest, freeing up 16.6 litres of space in the helmet compartment. Vibrations are kept at bay by a new engine mounting system made up of two-position arms and a new front suspension that connects to the wheel via a hinged pin instead of screws. It’s equipped with Enhanced Sliding Suspension (ESS), while the brakes are 200 mm discs in front and drums at the back.

Available in six colours – white, red, grey, blue, yellow and orange – the Vespa Sprint is priced at RM15,028 with GST, or RM15,617 on-the-road with insurance. All Vespa models come with a two-year or 20,000 km warranty.

At the event, Naza Premira also announced the new Vespa Assist service. Supported by AAM Bikers Assist, Vespa Assist offers 24/7 breakdown assistance, free towing, minor on-the-spot repairs, plus AAM insurance, inspection and valuation services. New owners who register their Vespa after April 1 2015 are entitled to free Vespa Assist for one year. The dedicated hotline is 011-22031111.